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Statement by Mayor William Peduto and URA Board on Leadership Changes

PITTSBURGH, PA (June 20, 2019) Today, the Urban Redevelopment Authority Board of Directors and Mayor William Peduto announced that Executive Director Robert Rubinstein will step down as head of the URA on July 31, 2019.

“For more than 30 years, Robert worked to support housing and economic development at the URA. Robert has played a critical role managing the City's large scale development projects, including internationally-recognized Brownfield redevelopment and helping to shift the focus of the URA toward affordable housing and inclusive, equitable development. 

Over the next few months, a Search Committee comprised of Sam Williamson, Dan Gilman, Janera Solomon, Lashawn Burton-Faulk and Grant Oliphant will be conducting a national search to find a new Executive Director. During this transition period, it is our priority to find the best individual to lead, while still maintaining a stable and effective organization. As such, we have named Diamonte Walker to assume the rule of Interim Deputy Director of the URA. Diamonte is currently serving as Director of Performance & Compliance at the URA, where’s she’s made enormous strides working to increase opportunities for business growth and development to minority and female business owners in the city. We will also name an Interim Director prior to Robert’s departure. 

We are deeply grateful for Robert’s leadership, and for his dedicated service and contributions to the city of Pittsburgh. As we look toward the future, we are excited to continue to expand the URA's commitment to equitable development and to forging a city for all.”

Contact: Sam Williamson, or (412) 607-8145‬



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