Timeline: How we got here… What’s next

April 2015

Began to talk about the issues

First p4 Conference. Criticism over lack of inclusivity. Angela Glover Blackwell visited PGH and met with The Heinz Endowments.

October 2015

Unpacking the Issues

A group of 30+ Pittsburghers from non-profits, government and philanthropy attend the PolicyLink conference in LA.  Neighborhood Allies forms a partnership with PolicyLink, UrbanKind Institute, and Urban Innovation 21 to undertake a study of what equitable development will look like in Pittsburgh.

February 2016 – August 2016


PolicyLink, in partnership with Neighborhood Allies, Urban Innovation21 and UrbanKind Institute, engaged more than 200 local leaders to develop a shared definition of equitable development and inform recommended equitable development strategies.

Fall 2016

Crafting Recommendations

Path to an All-in Pittsburgh report released.

  • Equitable Development: The Path to an All-In Pittsburgh report was released. This report shared 16 specific recommendations to advance equitable development in the city and region, and lifted up examples of success locally and in other cities.
  • 2nd P4 Conference- The report was shared with an audience of more than 500 community leaders at the p4 conference in October 2016.
  • Community Meeting- The team held a community meeting in November to outline the recommendations and begin to prioritize agenda items for the first year of implementation.


April 2017

Assessing metrics for success

Core team met to determine priorities and establish a results based accountability framework. We identified a target population and began to identify steering committee members based on organizations that could serve as levers of change.

August 2017

First Steering Committee meeting

We recruited 35 leaders across sectors (including developers, funders, city officials, and advocates, and local community organizations) who could make contributions to the results framework and who have a demonstrated commitment to advancing racial equity in Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods and throughout the region. We convened the first meeting in August and began to refine the Results Framework and discuss indicators.

Fall 2017

The steering committee continued discussions in order to identify the indicators that will become our measures for success into the future. We also on-boarded our community partners which include six community based organizations, and residents based on the geography of where our target population lives

January 2018 – April 2018

The steering committee split into two action teams in order to identify specific policy and programmatic recommendations to affect change within our priority areas.

Where We Are Today

The action teams have shared priority recommendations to the steering committee, and we are working with specific partner organizations to operationalize the recommendations.