OUR MISSION

The Lawrenceville Corporation—driven by the Lawrenceville community—acts as the catalyst and conduit for responsible and sustainable growth.

About

The Lawrenceville Corporation is a nonprofit, 501c3 community development corporation that was formed in January 2000 as a merger of the Lawrenceville Development Corporation (LDC) and the Lawrenceville Business Association (LBA).  Since the merger, LC has gained local and national recognition for its innovative community plans and programs. Today, Lawrenceville Corporation continues to build a more inclusive, equitable, accessible, and sustainable community through real estate development, policy and advocacy, community planning and development, business district management, and communications and marketing. 

Vision

The Lawrenceville Corporation envisions a thriving neighborhood where:

  • Our diversity defines and strengthens us;
  • Authenticity, neighborhood identity, and history are celebrated;
  • Housing builds and preserves opportunities for people of varying incomes, backgrounds, and abilities;
  • Open space is cherished, filled with amenities, and accessible to all;
  • The riverfront is vital public space for all, serving as a connector and destination;
  • Well-designed mobility infrastructure serves 21st Century needs, and ensures safety and accessibility for all modes of transportation;
  • Small, independent businesses and creative endeavors flourish;
  • Commercial corridors meet neighborhood need and attract visitors from around the world.
Values

The Lawrenceville Corporation strives to activate community plans and live our shared values. We commit ourselves to:

  • Advancing fairness, justice, and equity
  • Demanding dignity and respect for people and community
  • Being courageous
  • Empowering people
  • Being credible, transparent, and accountable
  • Leading with empathy and creativity
  • Inspiring thoughtful, honest, and inclusive community participation
  • Partnering and welcoming the opportunity to share

Our Staff

Our Board

Elected annually by LC Membership, our Board steers the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies. The Board ensures the organization has adequate resources to advance its mission.

Owen Lampe, President
Central Lawrenceville Resident
Wenco
Executive, Finance, Governance 

Kento Ohmori, Vice President
Fukui Architects
Real Estate, Finance, Governance

George Arendas, Treasurer
Standard Bank
Executive, Finance

David Tobiczyk, Secretary
Goodwill Industries
Executive, Governance, Finance 

Victoria Becker May
Central Lawrenceville Resident
Reed Smith

Nina Chase
Central Lawrenceville Resident
Merritt Chase
Executive, Real Estate 

Will Bernstein
Central Lawrenceville Resident
Natural Resources Defense Council
Real Estate

Kaveise Cadogan
Lower Lawrenceville Resident
Delta 9

Stephen Casey
Stephen Casey Architects
Real Estate

Jessica Graves
Una Biologicals

David Green
Upper Lawrenceville Resident
City of Pittsburgh: PLI
Real Estate 

Eric Kellar
Lawrenceville Pet Supply
Business District Advisory

Louisa Miller
Central LV Resident
City of Seattle

Joseph Kelly
Kelly Custom Furniture & Cabinetry
Governance, Business District Advisory, Nominating 

Marcus Shoffner
Upper Lawrenceville Resident
Venture Outdoors
Real Estate  

Rachel Rearick
Contemporary Craft

Organizational Committees

Advisory committees inform the work of the Board of Directors and the Staff of the organization.

Executive Committee
Composed of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary, the Executive Committee has the power and authority to transact LC’s regular business in the intervals between meetings of the Board. We reported all actions at the next regular meeting. The Executive Committee annually reviews the Executive Director and also oversees the Board’s work related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  

Finance Committee
Comprised of the Treasurer and no less than two other Board Members, in addition to other LC Members. The Finance Committee monitors the financial activities of LC and serves as a liaison with LC’s outside auditors.

Business District Advisory Committee
Composed of Lawrenceville businesses and their employees. This Committee works to inform the work of LC that is focused on supporting small businesses, marketing and promotional events, and other programming related to the business community.  

Real Estate Committee

The Real Estate Committee reviews and informs community plans and development projects. This committee advises staff and LC’s Board on positions to take related to entitlement and community review processes. The Real Estate Committee also guides and informs LC’s real estate strategy and work related to LC-owned and Ice Factory-owned properties.

Nominating Committee
Supports the Board of Directors in fulfilling its fiduciary duties to recruit and appoint the best-qualified candidates for the Board of Directors and Board Officer positions to a slate that is brought to Membership for approval.

Governance Committee
Responsible for reviewing the governance structures, practices of the organization, report its findings, and making recommendations to the Board. The Governance Committee evaluates the performance of the existing Board in addition to organizational committees. This Committee also reviews and works with the Board to update LC’s mission, vision, values of the organization, and its governing documents (the articles of incorporation, bylaws, conflict of interest policy). The Committee works closely with the Nominating Committee to monitor the Board Nominations and Elections Process.

Membership and Outreach Committee
The Board of Directors and LC staff are looking forward to convening the inaugural Membership and Outreach Committee in 2022. This committee will monitor and inform the organization’s overall outreach, inclusivity, and LC’s membership program. 

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