The EDS staff is committed to advancing the health, vitality, and accessibility of the communities across the South Hills and Jefferson Regions of Pittsburgh.
Gregory Jones is the Executive Director of Economic Development South. In his role as executive director, Mr. Jones works to facilitate investment and reinvestment, create jobs, enhance the competitiveness of the area, and to take a comprehensive approach to the revitalization of the corridor and work with all of the corridor communities to identify and address shared concerns and opportunities.
Director of Community Projects and Initiatives
Jami Pasquinelli has been with EDS fro 4 years; beginning as the Commercial District Manager of Mt. Oliver and Knoxville and now the Director of Community Projects and Initiatives.
A native of Latrobe, Jami worked in her family’s restaurant before earning Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Robert Morris University. Her first work experience came in facilitating veteran entrepreneurs within the RMU Veteran’s Business Outreach Center, before working with the Mt. Washington Community Development Corporation.
Jami revels in her “boots-on-the-ground” role in Mt. Oliver and Knoxville, visiting with local business owners and residents, listening carefully, translating into tangible, practical ideas. She knows that trust must serve as the underpinning of neighborhood economic development, and spends the time to earn that trust, to the benefit of the larger community.
In her spare time, she enjoys running, baking, and gaining new skills to help her to be on the cutting edge of community development.
Director of Environmental Initiatives and Projects
Lisa Brown recently joined the staff at Economic Development South as the Watershed Coordinator for Saw Mill Run. Saw Mill Run is the major stream that flows through the corridor communities and ties the municipalities to the shared environmental issues of stormwater runoff and sewage overflows. Ms. Brown will be working closely with the watershed communities to identify opportunities for implementation of Best Management Practices for stormwater mitigation, including Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development.
Director of Real Estate
Nancy joined EDS as the Director of Real Estate in March of 2018. With 30 years of experience in community organizing and non-profit real estate development, Nancy is considered an expert in her field. Immediately after graduating with a Master’s in Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University, Nancy was hired as the Executive Director of Lawrenceville Development Cooperation. Spending 12 years in that position, she spearheaded the redevelopment of Doughboy Square, recruiting new businesses to partner in the preservation of several historic structures, and building new housing. She also managed industrial business retention programs, achieved certification as a Main Street Manager while working for the Borough of Millvale, created training programs for women and minorities while working for the Women’s Enterprise Center, and is a founding member of several community based organizations. Realizing that community development must address youth and families, Nancy initiated a family support center, a senior care program and organized youth initiatives on the Northside of Pittsburgh. Nancy is a licensed real estate agent with Keller Williams and a Certified Economic Development Professional with the National Development Council. Her duties at EDS include managing our real estate portfolio, coordinating the renovation and disposition of properties, and working strategically with clients and staff on budgeting, cash flow and marketing. Nancy has an undergraduate degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Art Education.