CED Faculty & Staff

Heinz College hosts a large number of faculty and other experts whose work, research, or methodological expertise includes or intersects with economic development policy and practice in the United States.

These includes faculty and staff who are formally affiliated with the College's Center for Economic Development (CED), CED affiliated adjunct faculty, and faculty and instructors who are not affiliated with the Center, but who teach relevant courses at Heinz.

Affiliated Faculty and Staff

The knowledge, experience, and interests of CED affiliated faculty and staff reflect the Heinz College’s interdisciplinary approach to policy analysis. These individuals have engaged policy and management questions in economic development and its related domains from a variety of disciplinary vantage points, with a variety of tools, in a variety of roles including researcher, practitioner, and policymaker

Lowell Taylor is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Heinz College, and the Academic Director of the Center for Economic Development.
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Greg Lagana is Director of Projects for the Center for Economic Development.
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Donald K. Carter is the David Lewis Director of Urban Design and Regional Engagement at the Remaking Cities Institute (RCI) of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Architecture.
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Wil Gorr serves as the faculty chair of the Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) program and is chair of the Faculty Oversight Committee for the MSPPM program in Washington, D.C.
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Kristen Kurland holds a joint faculty appointment at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College and School of Architecture.
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Rick Stafford is a Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy at the Heinz College, and director of Carnegie Mellon’s Traffic21 initiative.
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Jon Nehlsen is Senior Director of Institutional Relations at Heinz College.

Joel Tarr holds a joint appointment with the Heinz College and the Departments of History and Engineering and Public Policy.
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Mark Wessel is a lecturer, administrator, and former Dean of the Heinz College.
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Affiliated Adjunct Faculty

These adjunct faculty play two roles in support of the CED's mission. They teach key courses related to econonic development, advise CED student system projects, or both.

Jerry Paytas serves as an adjunct faculty to Heinz College and is Vice President of Research and Analytics at Fourth Economy Consulting. Read more

Christopher Paul serves as an adjunct faculty to Heinz College and is a Social Scientist at RAND Pittsburgh. Read more

Matt Mehalik is adjunct faculty at Heinz College and is Program Manager at Sustainable Pittsburgh. Read more

Non-affiliated Faculty and Other Instructors

These individuals are not formally affiliated with the CED, but do teach courses relevant to economic development at Heinz College.

Edson Severnini is Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Heinz College. His expertise includes Urban Economics and Environmental Economics, and he teaches the Urban Economics course.

George Whitmer is an Executive Vice President of PNC Financial Services and is the Manager of the Public Finance Group. He teaches Urban Development at Heinz College.

 Jane Downing is Senior Program Officer for Economic and Community Development at the Pittsburgh Foundation. She teaches Urban Policy at Heinz College.

Patty Folan teaches Real Estate Development at Heinz College.