Strip District Neighbors Staff
Sara Dinges, Executive Director
A Pittsburgh native, Sara (Posteraro) Dinges hails most recently from Chicago. She brings ten years of experience in economic and community development, with attention to small business development, historic preservation and district marketing and events.
Most recently Sara was the Executive Director of Uptown United, representing a bustling historic community on Chicago’s north side. She was instrumental in innovative projects, such as the building of Chicago’s first “shared street,” and worked closely with business owners, property owners and developers to leverage 700 million dollars of investment pouring into the community, while working to maintain its character. Prior to her work in Uptown, Sara oversaw economic development and communications for the 48th Ward, a district with 60,000 residents and 800 businesses. She worked daily on issues related to zoning, licensing, financing and how to open a business A-Z.
As the Managing Director of the Andersonville Development Corporation, Sara co-developed a groundbreaking environmental initiative for small businesses, and because of its recognition, has been a guest speaker at the international USGBC Greenbuild Conference and the national Main Streets conference. She has sat on retail and business task forces for the City of Chicago and is known as an advocate for small businesses and smart development throughout the city.
Sara is thrilled to bring her passion for healthy, vibrant districts home – especially to a neighborhood she has patronized and loved her entire life. “I don’t make a trip home to Pittsburgh without visiting the Strip District, La Prima cappuccino in hand.”
Sara holds a BA in urban studies and a minor in Italian from the University of Pittsburgh. She first started working in community development as a COPC intern at Oakland Planning and Development Corporation. Sara returns to Pittsburgh with her husband, Peter, and toddler, Theo.
Gordon Hall, Acting Program Manager
Gordon grew up in Boston and came to Pittsburgh in 2012 to study at the University of Pittsburgh. During his college years, he and his roommates spent most Saturdays shopping in The Strip District, their favorite part of the city. He was thrilled, therefore, in September 2016 to begin an internship with Strip District Neighbors. Through the fall he worked with the Executive Director, Sarah Dinges, on various neighborhood projects. When Ms. Dinges took a ten week maternity leave in December 2016, Gordon stepped in as Acting Program Manager for SDN. “Everyone loves The Strip,” he says. “It’s one thing in Pittsburgh everyone can agree on!”
Between high school and college, Gordon spent a year at a culinary school in Bilbao, Spain. He has a BA in urban studies with a minor in Spanish from the University of Pittsburgh.