Lauren Byrne ConnellyExecutive Director

Lauren (she/her) has dedicated her career to making Pittsburgh and its communities more equitable, accessible, and vibrant. Lauren became the Executive Director of the Lawrenceville Corporation in 2019. As LC’s E.D., Lauren oversees all programs, fundraising, and the day to day work of the organization. Lauren is incredibly excited to have assembled a passionate and committed team to implement plans and projects that the community has worked decades to realize, including: park renovation projects, mobility and infrastructure improvement projects, affordable housing and commercial space creation and preservation, small business support programs, and more. LC, under Lauren’s direction, is currently stewarding more than $200 million in new public/ private development and investment throughout the neighborhood. Lauren brings 15+ years of community organizing, economic development, planning, and policy work to the position.

Before assuming her role at LC, Lauren worked as the Assistant Director of Business Innovation and Technology in Allegheny County’s Department of Economic Development, overseeing business and community development loan and grant programs throughout Allegheny County. Lauren also managed the County’s business attraction/retention and main street revitalization programs while also serving as a liaison to the County’s growing innovation economy. Prior to joining Allegheny County Economic Development, Lauren served as the Executive Director of Lawrenceville United, Lawrenceville Corporation’s partner organization focused on improving the quality of life of Lawrenceville residents and stakeholders. While at LU, Lauren developed innovative community engagement programs and processes. Lauren started her career within the City of Pittsburgh Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Initiatives, leading community development initiatives focused on vacant land reuse and mainstreet revitalization, and upon graduating from Allegheny College in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and English Literature.

Lauren, a life-long Pittsburgher, lives in Upper Lawrenceville with her husband and son and got her start in community development as a child by tagging along to protests, homeownership fairs, and city council hearings with her grandmother, Aggie Brose.

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