Presley L. Gillespie describes his self as a people person that always admired Pittsburgh from afar. A Harlem New York native and longtime resident of Farrell, Pa. located in Mercer County, he says he viewed Pittsburgh as a great and vibrate place. Relocating here from Youngstown, Ohio in 2014 Gillespie became the inaugural president of Neighborhood Allies. He now loves the city and understands the challenges it faces as a post-industrial city.
Formerly operating as the Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development, which for nearly three decades focused on the mission of creating vibrant communities in the city. Public Allies reports that more than $100 million has been invested by PPND and its partner, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, along with close to $300 million leveraged in other funds, toward the goal of making Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods safer and healthier places where people want to live, work, and invest.
Now representing what Gillespie calls a new era, Public Allies operates as a new and improved 21st century community development organization, with a renewed and revamped commitment to improving the social and physical infrastructures of Pittsburgh’s distressed and transitional communities.