Robert Rubinstein has been revitalizing communities, supporting housing and economic development, and helping to generate public tax revenue since 1988. He currently leads the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA). Before being appointed Acting Executive Director in 2012, Robert served in a number of roles at the URA, including Director of the Economic Development Department since 2006. He oversaw the direct lending of approximately $10 million annually to roughly 45 businesses and commercial real estate projects. Additionally, he was responsible for all of the City of Pittsburgh’s large scale development projects, including internationally-recognized Brownfield redevelopment and the creation, implementation and management of more than 20 tax increment financing (TIF) districts. Nearly $15 billion of investment has taken place in the City of Pittsburgh during this time, generating tens of millions of dollars in annual tax revenues for each of the local taxing bodies.
Robert also serves on the Governing Board of Pittsburgh Urban Initiatives (PUI), and has received national recognition, being named Public Executive of the Year at the 6th Annual Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits Community Development Awards. He has degrees from the University of Michigan (B.S., Engineering) and Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School (MBA) and has served on numerous boards and committees, both professional and civic. Finally, Robert was one of 300 invited members of the 2013 Remaking Cities Congress and a participant in the German Marshall Fund of the United States’ Cities In Transition 2010-2013 Transatlantic exchange program, and he manages and performs with Pittsburgh-based reggae band Ras Prophet.