Georgia Petropoulos

Executive Director


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:


Jonathan Winkler

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Jonathan Winkler has gained a wealth of marketing and public relations experience since he graduated from Clarion University in 2011 with a degree in Mass Media Arts & Journalism with a concentration in Advertising. Prior to joining the Oakland Business Improvement District, Jonathan worked as an Assistant Account Executive at Pipitone Group integrated marketing firm and as a Junior Account Manager at Giant Ideas advertising agency. At both locations, he focused on project management and client relations for businesses ranging from large corporations to nonprofits. Prior to these positions, he completed internships in account management and commercial production at Giant Ideas and WTAE-TV, respectively. During his free time, Jonathan works as a photographer and runs his own website to showcase his photos. With his seven years of marketing experience, Jonathan looks forward to putting his knowledge and skills to work for OBID to further develop its communication efforts. Email:

Emma Vescio

Marketing & Communications Intern



Emma Vescio is a sophomore Marketing and English double major at Duquesne University. With a passion for art, Emma has been working to promote the community within Pittsburgh since she was a Junior in High School. Starting out at Mattress Factory: Museum of Contemporary Art, she learned her passion for educating others and making art accessible. Emma has worked for Carnegie Museum of Art, MadeinPGH, and Dear Pittsburgh all in the hopes of actively participating in a thriving atmosphere Emma is a practicing poet and artist being showcased at Studio AM, Mixtape Cafe, Delanie’s Coffee, Mr. Roboto Project, and other small gallery shows. While working within artistic practices, Emma also enjoys helping others and is a coordinator at Have Fun Do Good. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and paying too much for Chai Tea at local coffee shops. She hopes to learn more about business intertwined with public art and the community while working with Oakland Business Improvement District. Email:

OBID’s Block by Block team


From Left: Kevin Craig, Bill Stapleton, Kayla Sewell, Brandon Shannon. Missing 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.