OBID Team

Georgia Petropoulos

Executive Director

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With over 17 years of experience in the community and economic development industry, Georgia has been directly involved in the transformation of Pittsburgh.  In her current role as Executive Director of the Oakland Business Improvement District, she leads a dynamic organization representing the business, civic, education and medical sectors of the Oakland commercial district,   Pennsylvania’s 3rd largest economic generator.  In 2013, Georgia was instrumental in organizing the 2nd Annual Anchor District Forum in Pittsburgh bringing local and national attention to this important community.  Drawing on her experience in architecture and design, Georgia is currently spearheading a digital based infrastructure project called Innovation Oakland: fueled by state of the art technologies, Innovation Oakland will combine art, design, place making and way finding solutions to create new interactive public destinations.  Georgia is a member of the DESIGNPGH Management Committee, the BRT Stakeholders Advisory Committee and serves on the boards of Mental Health America Allegheny County and the Oakland Transportation & Management Association.  She previously served on the boards of Community Design Center of Pittsburgh (past President), Peoples Oakland and the North Side Community Loan Fund.  Georgia enjoys traveling and she has visited several countries: most notable are her travels to West Africa where, in 2007, she participated in the Rotary Foundation’s Group Study Exchange program to Nigeria and in 2010, she led a team of professionals to Ghana for the First International Cross –Diseases Conference on Disability Prevention in the Developing World.  Georgia also enjoys to teach, she has taught architectural design courses at the University of Pittsburgh and she has instructed courses on the history and development of Pittsburgh for the PA Allegheny Intermediate Unit Continuing Education Program.  Georgia is a Leadership Pittsburgh graduate.  She earned a BA in Architectural Studies/ French Language & Literature from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters of Architecture from Washington University. Email: georgia@oaklandbid.org

 


 

David Pirozzi

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

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Before becoming a member of the team at the Oakland Business Improvement District, David worked in several retail spaces as well as with the Crowne Plaza Hotel in King of Prussia. This is David’s first Marketing and Communications occupation, and he is extremely excited to apply everything he has learned in his education (at Oakland’s own University of Pittsburgh) to this position. In his free time, David exercises his passion for music by playing concerts and recording solo projects while being a part of two bands: Zaki and Pinstripe Sunny. David is a guitarist, pianist, vocalist, and amateur bassist, and whenever he isn’t playing music, he is definitely listening to it. He worked as a staff member of WPTS radio’s music department as the World and Jazz genre director. David hopes to learn about the many ways in which art and the community can combine through OBID and the opportunities that allow this to happen. Email: david@oaklandbid.org


 

OBID’s Block by Block team

From Left: Brandon Shannon, Kayla Sewell, Julie Grabiak, Carlos Velazquez; (Absent from photo: Alex Beebout)

Block By Block, a nationally recognized contractor, provides cleaning and maintenance services for the District. Our crew works seven days per week to ensure that the commercial corridor remains free of litter and debris. We collect more than 24,000 pounds of trash annually!

Of course, litter removal is just the first step in creating an attractive streetscape. Our crew also removes weeds, graffiti, illegal flyers, stickers and staples from our infrastructure. During the fall season, the crew also ensures that the leaf buildup is removed along with the typical litter and debris. The crew also uses a hot-water pressure washer to remove gum, grease, dirt and grime from all of our district’s sidewalks to give our district a special shine.