WHFPA in Pittsburgh – May 18

WHFPA Volunteers have made a special effort to have a Pittsburgh presence on May 18 at the PCRG Conference. Please join us for a special Members Only Panel followed by an Awards Ceremony hosted by PCRG. WHFPA Members will be special guests!

In order to become a WHFPA Member, visit our Membership Page.


Advocate and Negotiate for YOU!!

Join WHFPA Members, Karyntha Cadogan of Diamond and Associates, Vanessa Murphy of Trek Development, Chris Paul of Diamond and Associates, and Cindy Picone of AM Rodriguez as they share tools and role playing practice to help members advocate and negotiate for themselves in the workplace. Learning how to communicate with employers can be met with fear but does not have to be. Please be a part of an interactive thoughtful session about negotiating for oneself.

Who: WHF-PA Members Only

When: May 18, 3:30PM-4:45PM.

Where: Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Riverboat Room on the William Penn Level

Register: Please email whf.pa.2013@gmail.com to register for the panel.

Cost: Free.

Karyntha is a Senior Project Manager for Diamond and Associates and serves for-profit and non-profit affordable housing developers in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Diamond and Associates is an affordable housing consulting firm that serves Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  www.diamondandassociates.com

Vanessa is a Senior Project Manager with TREK Development Group, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based private development company with expertise in developing affordable, multi-family housing. She has over 15 years in development experience, with the last ten years of her career concentrated on the development and preservation of affordable housing.  In her former position as Project Manager with Ralph A. Falbo, Inc., she oversaw new construction and acquisition-rehab projects in excess of $100m that were financed using various federal, state and local funding instruments, including 4% and 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credit awards within Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Prior to her career in the private sector, Vanessa was a Program Officer with the Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development (PPND) and the Director of Residential Development at the Northside Leadership Conference. Vanessa started her professional career as an intern architect; successfully completing the NCARB Internship Development Program requirements prior to pursuing her interest in City Planning. She holds a Master’s Degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University.  Vanessa feels fortunate to be able to integrate her passion for cities and the built environment with housing developments that give back to the communities of which they are a part.

Vanessa is a Board Member of Gwen’s Girls, a non-profit that provides wrap-around programming to at-risk girls in Allegheny County, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Christine (Chris) Paul, Esq., Vice President of Development, brings 15 years of affordable housing and community development experience to Diamond and Associates. From her early experience in social work to her more recent successes in real estate law, affordable housing development and banking, Chris has obtained a keen eye for all aspects of affordable housing development. At Diamond, Chris is charged with providing technical expertise to clients in order to guide and support them through their development process from concept and site selection to occupancy and stabilization. Chris will also support Diamond in its own real estate development activities and will contribute to the growth of Diamond development activities.

She earned her BA at Georgetown University and her MA and JD at Temple University. Chris maintains her license to practice law in Pennsylvania. She was Chair of the Real Property Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2009 and active on its Executive Committee for 8 years. She currently serves on the boards of Regional Housing Legal Services, Pensdale Village I and II, and My Place Germantown. She has also been involved in launching a PA chapter of Women in Housing and Finance and is co-chair of the Steering Committee for that nascent group. Chris grew up in a Philly suburb and has spent her adult life living and working in Philadelphia.

Cindy Picone is an established real estate professional experienced with developing multi-family and single family housing, conventional and affordable. She has managed many real estate developments throughout western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio, including luxury rental, condominium, for sale single family homes, and a range of affordable housing developments including adaptive reuse, brownfields, and neighborhood transforming initiatives.  A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she attended the University of Pittsburgh where she received a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning.

Prior to her work in real estate development Cindy worked to create the Indianapolis Housing Trust Fund, an Indianapolis based source of funding for affordable housing, and as a program officer with the San Antonio Housing Trust Fund, where she assisted with funding awards for affordable housing developments and community development corporations.  Before that, she was a community organizer with Oakland Planning and Development Corporation.


“Advocating and Negotiating for YOU” was developed out of the WHF-PA Gender Bias and Discrimination Working Group that was created in November 2015.


Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group is proud to announce our Sixth Annual Community Development Summit, “The Power of PLACE”.

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On May 17-18, join passionate, innovative community and economic development leaders from all sectors as we explore efforts to build and sustain healthy, vibrant, and inclusive communities. Leveraging “The Power of PLACE”, sessions and workshops will move beyond place-making to place establishing, growing, and activating. We will explore the intersection of people and places and the critical, iterative role and potential of POWER created at the people/place convergence.


Keynote speakers Charles Montgomery, award-winning author of Happy City, and Ed McMahon, Senior Fellow for Sustainable Development at the Urban Land Institute, and F. Javier Torres, Director of National Grantmaking for Artplace, will start the discussion. Diverse and exciting breakout sessions, three mobile workshops, and networking opportunities will provide additional scope to convene around these important issues.


Come dialogue with us about how to empower people with the skills, resources, and capacity to transition places into equitable, healthy, and desirable communities. For more information or to register, visit pcrg.org/conference.
PCRG presents the Community Development Summit in partnership with the Urban Land Institute-Pittsburgh Branch and with the support of our sponsors.

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