Georgia Petropoulos

Executive Director

Georgia Petropoulos is an accomplished non-profit executive in the fields of economic development and urban place management. At the Oakland Business Improvement District, she leads a dynamic organization representing the business, civic, education and medical sectors of Pittsburgh’s largest hospital and university town. Under her guidance, the organization developed successful public/ private partnerships that invested over $8 million for critical services and improvements in support of Pennsylvania’s third largest economic center.

In addition to her executive career, Georgia serves on advisory committees and boards including Community Human Services, the Oakland Transportation Management Association, and the Southwest Partnership for Mobility.  She is a founding member of the Oakland for All, a collaborative effort advocating for the creation of barrier free accessible communities and Oakland Says No More, a community campaign effort advocating for the prevention of Sexual Assault and Violence.  Previously, she served on the boards of Mental Health America Allegheny County, Peoples Oakland, the North Side Community Loan Fund and the Community Design Center of Pittsburgh where she served as Board President. Georgia completed executive training at the Center for Creative Leadership in San Diego, California and is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies/ French Language & Literature from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters of Architecture from Washington University.

As a bi-lingual daughter of Greek immigrants, Georgia is passionate about all things culture and design and has enjoyed extensive travels throughout North America, Europe and Africa.

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David Pirozzi

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

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.

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Medha Kadri

Social Justice Advocate

Medha is pursuing her Masters in Social Work (Community, Organizing and Social Action) from Pitt, with a specialization in Human Services Management. Born and raised in India, she proudly comes from a South Indian heritage. She has pursued her Masters in Health Psychology from University of Hyderabad, India. With immense experience in working with adolescent girls (child brides and former child laborers) from marginalized communities of rural India – Medha has worked in the capacity of a mentor, counselor, curriculum developer, trainer and researcher with this population.

When she’s not continuing the fight on important social issues, she spends her time dancing, painting, cooking or practicing Mixed Martial Arts. Medha is passionate about rural development and social entrepreneurship and she plans to return to her homeland once she graduates.

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Lynn Dang

Marketing & Communications Intern

Lynn is Marketing and Communications Intern at OBID. She is a sophomore Nordenberg Leadership Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh studying Finance. She is interested in the intersection of community and government, serving as an appointed student representative for the Pennsylvania State Board of Education. She is also one of eight elected Board Members of the University of Pittsburgh Student Government Board, helping to serve 18,000+ Pitt undergraduates, especially focusing on Academic Affairs within the Pitt Board of Trustees and Office of the Provost. A native from Hershey, PA, Lynn enjoys eating chocolate, singing, yoga, and cultural immersions.

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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.