Land Banking
Land Bank Board Nomination

Nominating Committee Report Out

The nominating committee of the Pittsburgh Land Bank board has submitted the names of three Pittsburgh residents as nominees to land bank board.  Each nominee confirmed their nomination.  The six initial board members will vote on accepting these nominees onto the board during the upcoming land bank board meeting on Friday, August 14, 2015.  The nominating committee received nominations for 26 city residents.  The committee distributed accompanying resumes and letters of support to the current board members for review, as well as a scorecard to evaluate each nominee based on the criteria outlined in the call for nominations.  Board members had an opportunity to select from the pool of 26 nominees, select their own nominees, or opt out of the selection process.

  City Council Districts 2, 6 and 9 City Council Districts 1, 3 and 5 City Council Districts 4, 7 and 8
Board Member 1 Steve Mazza Mark Masterson William Gatti
Board Member 2 Steve Mazza Dr. Jamil Bey Tara Sherry Torres
Board Member 3 Marimba Milliones Dr. Jamil Bey Cheryl Hall Russell
Board Member 4 Ronell Guy Dr. Jamil Bey Tara Sherry Torres
Board Member 5 n/a n/a n/a
Board Member 6 n/a n/a n/a
Nominees Steve Mazza Dr. Jamil Bey Tara Sherry Torres

Steve Mazza – Resident of Sheraden, District 2
Dr. Jamil Bey – Resident of Beltzhoover, District 3
Tara Sherry Torres – Resident of Bloomfield, District 7

Call for Three Board Members

The Pittsburgh Land Bank Board of Directors is seeking nominations for the final three spots on the Land Bank Board.  Three members have already been appointed and seated by the Mayor, and three members have been appointed and seated by City Council.  The remaining three members are to be appointed by this board.

Additional information about the roles and responsibilities of the Pittsburgh Land Bank can be found here.


 In order to assure a diverse and representative board, the ordinance creating the Pittsburgh Land Bank requires a Citywide distribution of these three board members. All board members must be residents of the City of Pittsburgh:

  • One member must be a resident of Pittsburgh City Council Districts 2, 6, and 9
  • One member must be a resident of Pittsburgh City Council Districts 1,3, and 5
  • One member must be a resident of Pittsburgh City Council Districts 4, 7, and 8


Interested residents are encouraged to provide recommendations to the nomination committee no later than Monday, July 20 at Noon. Nominations may be for yourself or for another resident. Recommendations shall include:

  • Name and contact information
  • Resume (or Letter of Support if nominating another individual)
  • Council District where nominee resides (Searchable Map here)
  •  Identification of any relevant experience, including, but not limited to, the following:
    • Financing
    • Land recycling
    • Housing policy and advocacy
    • Blight remediation
    • Working in diverse communities
    • Law
    • Community representation, organizing, and/or engagement
    • Land acquisition
    • Land conservation
    • Real estate development
    • Community development
    • Planning
    • Construction
    • Grant writing and fundraising

Please send your nominations to the nominating committee of the Pittsburgh Land Bank:

Committee Response

The nominating committee will collect all nominations and distribute to all board members. From that list and their own recommendations, each board member will provide a set of three names for consideration by the board. 

The nominating committee will contact nominees to accept their nomination and become official. Upon acceptance of nomination, the list of *all* officially nominated individuals will be publicly posted on the Land Bank’s webpage

The nominating committee will then review the legislation and official nominees and make a recommendation of three (3) individuals to be presented at the next Board meeting for consideration and action.


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