STAFF

Meet Our Staff

Lisa Werder-Brown, Executive Director

“The most exciting thing about my job is having the opportunity to do something exceptionally transformative for one of the most blighted corridors in the region. The vision of turning vacant lots and dilapidated buildings along Route 51 into the region’s first Green Boulevard is my motivation, my challenge, and my inspiration every day.”

Lisa’s work focuses on the Saw Mill Run and Streets Run Watersheds in Pittsburgh’s southern neighborhoods and communities that are impacted by the shared environmental issues of stormwater runoff and sewage overflows. She works closely with the watershed communities, local governments, and academic and nonprofit partners to identify the issues and explore opportunities for stormwater mitigation in the watersheds.

Lisa graduated from Chatham University with a BS in biology and holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Management from Georgetown University. Her PhD studies focus on the public’s understanding of uncertainty in science.

Rachelle Hallberg, PULSE Fellow

Rachelle moved to Pittsburgh in September of 2020 to join PULSE, and is excited to contribute to WoSPgh’s work improving the environmental and economic health of the Watersheds. Rachelle received her degree in Architecture from the University of Minnesota. During her time in school, she mentored students during their transition to college and spent a semester studying urban design in Copenhagen, Denmark. In her spare time, Rachelle enjoys cooking, making bookmarks, and watching This Old House.

Tessa Deems, SCA Fellow

Tessa is originally from Charleroi. She moved to Pittsburgh a few years ago after graduating from California University of PA with her BS in Political Science. She is currently in the process of receiving her MS in environmental studies and hopes to contribute to combating environmental injustices. She is excited to contribute to the work that WoSPgh’s is doing. In her spare time, Tessa enjoys traveling, hiking, and cooking plant based foods. 

Lisa Werder-Brown, Executive Director

“The most exciting thing about my job is having the opportunity to do something exceptionally transformative for one of the most blighted corridors in the region. The vision of turning vacant lots and dilapidated buildings along Route 51 into the region’s first Green Boulevard is my motivation, my challenge, and my inspiration every day.”

Lisa’s work focuses on the Saw Mill Run and Streets Run Watersheds in Pittsburgh’s southern neighborhoods and communities that are impacted by the shared environmental issues of stormwater runoff and sewage overflows. She works closely with the watershed communities, local governments, and academic and nonprofit partners to identify the issues and explore opportunities for stormwater mitigation in the watersheds.

Lisa graduated from Chatham University with a BS in biology and holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Management from Georgetown University. Her PhD studies focus on the public’s understanding of uncertainty in science.

Rachelle Hallberg, PULSE Fellow

Rachelle moved to Pittsburgh in September of 2020 to join PULSE, and is excited to contribute to WoSPgh’s work improving the environmental and economic health of the Watersheds. Rachelle received her degree in Architecture from the University of Minnesota. During her time in school, she mentored students during their transition to college and spent a semester studying urban design in Copenhagen, Denmark. In her spare time, Rachelle enjoys cooking, making bookmarks, and watching This Old House.

Tessa Deems, SCA Fellow

 

Tessa is originally from Charleroi. She moved to Pittsburgh a few years ago after graduating from California University of PA with her BS in Political Science. She is currently in the process of receiving her MS in environmental studies and hopes to contribute to combating environmental injustices. She is excited to contribute to the work that WoSPgh’s is doing. In her spare time, Tessa enjoys traveling, hiking, and cooking plant based foods. 

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