Mt. Washington CDC elects board members for coming year
MWCDC members elected four new board members and reelected one at the MWCDC Community Forum meeting on the Mount Washington Senior Center on Virginia Avenue.
Joseph Rewis, Tom Brady, Talia Piazza, and Michael Grande will join the MWCDC board as new members while Therese Moss will serve another term. Terms are scheduled to begin November 1 and will last for three years.
Current board members Justin Cipriani, Marilyn Caye, Jon Lusin, and Bishop Victor Cianca will conclude their terms November 1.
Prior to the election, Amanda Rubio, vice president of the board, announced the organization’s bylaws would no longer require one-third of its board members to live within a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) eligible area. The bylaws were originally put in place in order to secure grant money.
“According to the department of city planning, there is no CDBG requirement for place of residency or for income for any of our board members,” Ms. Rubio said. “CBDG eligibility is only determined by the community the board serves, not who the members of the board are.”
The removal of the CBDG eligibility section has been approved by a board vote. According to Ms. Rubio, the removal does not affect the grant received by the MWCDC.
“It’s our belief as a board that our ranks already reflect diversity of the neighborhoods and the different socioeconomic strata within the Mount and Duquesne Heights,” Ms. Rubio said. “However, we don’t see the necessity of qualifying these goals in our bylaws when it’s not required by city planning, city government, and so forth.”
Ms. Rubio also said promoting diversity within the MWCDC and Mount Washington remains a goal and that the board will be discussing how to add the goal to the strategic plan during November’s board meeting.
Following the voting session, the election results were announced at 8 p.m.
Of those elected, Mr. Rewis received 28 votes. He is an owner of several residential properties as well as the Bingham Tavern. He has been a Mount Washington resident for 16 years.
Mr. Brady received 27 votes. He has served more than 16 years on the board of the MWCDC and has been honored twice for volunteer work by the organization. He also cofounded the Friends of Grandview Park group.
Ms. Moss, 22 votes, has been a Mount Washington resident for 26 years. She has been involved with the MWCDC for 14 years and during that time, she has raised over $1.2 million for the organization.
Ms. Piazza had 19 votes. She has been a Mount Washington homeowner for two years and has experience working for Neighborhood Allies and has also served on other community development boards.
Mr. Grande also had 19 votes. He has been a Duquesne Heights resident for 12 years and has spent time serving on the MWCDC’s Economic Development Committee.
The next MWCDC Community Forum event will be Thursday, Nov. 19 at the Mount Washington Senior Center on Virginia Avenue.