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Neighborhood Allies Welcomes our Newest Board Members

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Carolina Pais-Barreto Beyers

As a Principal of a consulting company that serves the private, public and nonprofit sectors, Carolina offers dynamic, perceptive, and innovative leadership solutions. In addition to her proven nonprofit management and programming experience, she brings fundraising expertise that has secured substantial funding from both private and public sources.

Before stepping into consulting, Carolina served as vice president of innovation and strategic initiatives for C-leveled, a company that advances small and medium-sized business. There, she sourced and secured funding for the partnerships that she created. Prior to that, as vice president of Urban Innovation21—Pittsburgh’s acclaimed economic development organization—she directed various programs ranging from workforce development and State incentives for early stage startups to grant-awarding programs—all the while contributing leadership to all facets of the nonprofit operation. Carolina has also worked in the fields of public affairs, media, communications and marketing.

With an MBA and a Masters of Arts in Corporate Communication—both from Duquesne University—Carolina is an award-winning writer with an extensive project management portfolio. She completed her undergraduate degree in English and Secondary Education at Harding University, in Arkansas. Carolina was born in Recife, Brazil and is fluent in Portuguese and skilled in Spanish. Growing up in a developing country has instilled in her a passion to advocate for vulnerable populations—a thread that runs through her personal and professional endeavors.

RayGastil-1 (1)Ray Gastil, AICP

Ray Gastil is the City Planning Director for Pittsburgh. He is responsible for leading all neighborhood planning efforts, focusing on strategic improvement and investments, resilient waterfront communities, and complete streets.

Prior to accepting the position of City Planning Director in Pittsburgh, Ray was Planning Director in Seattle, and in Manhattan, NYC. He was also the founding director of Van Alen Institute, where he led exhibitions, publications, and design competitions, including Open: New Designs for Public Space and Beyond the Edge: New York’s New Waterfront. Earlier, he served as transit-oriented design director for Regional Plan Association. Recent publications include Success Looks Different Now: Design and Cultural Vitality in Lower Manhattan. He was 2011-2013 Chair in Design Innovation at Penn State, where his work included seminars, symposia, and studios on campuses, waterfronts, and urban innovation. Friedman Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley in fall 2013, he is serving as an Adjunct Professor, Master of Urban Design program, Carnegie Mellon University in 2015.

He has worked in urban design, planning, architecture, and non-profit and government leadership. Engaged in research, education, and practice, he is active as speaker, author, and analyst for professional and public forums on the role of planning and design in shaping the future. Expertise includes interconnected planning and design issues of campus urbanism on connecting knowledge and cities, urban waterfronts, urban design and cultural vibrancy, and city and regional planning.

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