Jason Kambitsis will be stepping down as executive director of the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation (MWCDC) to take a position with Deeplocal, a Strip District-based innovation studio.
Mr. Kambitsis, a community non-profit administrator with a background in urban planning and redevelopment, has accomplished much during his two years with the organization.
Jon Lusin, President of the Board of Directors at MWCDC stated, "With Jason›s leadership and spirit of collaboration, MWCDC has been able to jumpstart our representation of the great Mount Washington community to our residents and visitors. His energy and passion have been instrumental in advancing our mission to support a thriving and diverse community. While sad to see him leave, we wish him the best and look forward to watching Jason excel in his new career path."
Mr. Kambitsis›s success with community development derives from his background in urban planning. His experience as a senior planner overseeing 30 neighborhoods in the City of Pittsburgh's Department of City Planning led him to understand the needs of businesses and developers as well as the community that supports them.
"Working with the MWCDC has been an amazing journey. Helping to play a supporting role in all of the exciting community growth and development here in Mount Washington is an experience that will stay with me forever" said Mr. Kambitsis. "Mostly, I am grateful for all of the great work that MWCDC has done and will continue to do. It has been my pleasure to work some of greatest minds in the business, in a place that is full of incredibly invested and supportive people."
Nathan Martin, CEO of Deeplocal stated, "We are excited to have Jason join our growing and talented team. Jason's passion, intelligence and creativity will bring tremendous value to Deeplocal and our clients."
Projects such as this year's Shiloh Street Business Promotion Initiative, the former Prospect School redevelopment into market rate apartments, the opening of The Hardware Store in Allentown, the increase in community-promoting events, and the creation of the Mount Washington App, launching in January 2014 were some of Mr. Kambitsis' successes. These projects were developed with MWCDC staff James Eash and Christina Howell.
Emerald View Park has added more than two miles of trails in 2013, with the leadership of Ilyssa Manspeizer who has managed park development for over seven years at the MWCDC.
The MWCDC Board will install an interim executive director on January 6, 2014, and will begin the search process for a permanent replacement at that time.