I’m the founder of Small Change, a real estate equity crowdfunding portal. We raise funds for meaningful real estate projects that make cities better. Like Kickstarter for real estate—but with a return. We match developers to investors, providing investment opportunities for everyone who cares about cities and wants to make change.
My world has always been wrapped around cities and change. My background as an architect, city planner, urban designer, real estate developer, community development strategist, publisher, and instigator give me a rich understanding of how cities work, how urban neighborhoods can be revitalized, what policies are needed to do it, and the unique marketing that creates the buzz needed for regeneration.
Amongst my many urban (ad)ventures, I’ve developed a dozen buildings in blighted neighborhoods (through my companies no wall productions and we do property management), founded a non-profit called cityLAB and built Pittsburgh's first tiny house, organized a speaker series and a creative school, launched a Pittsburgh e-zine called Pop City, and established downtown Pittsburgh's first co-working space.
Over the last few years I’ve participated in a series of Sustainable Design Assessment Teams for the American Institute of Architects in cities as diverse as Downtown Los Angeles↓ and Springfield, Illinois↓, helping to set a strategic course for housing development and urban design for downtowns in trouble. And I strategized about how to encourage residential development in downtown Pittsburgh's vacant upper floors↓. And I've taught urban design at Carnegie Mellon University’s Urban Lab. My students have created amazing urban visions like these.