Executive Leaders

Donald E. Evans

CEO & President – Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation; Energy Innovation Center, LP; EIC Management, LLC,; and EIC Master Tenant, LLC

Don joined the Board of Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation in 2018 and served as an active Board Member and Treasurer before joining the management team as CEO and President in November 2021.  While he began his business life as a corporate lawyer, Don brings a diverse range of experience, leading teams to sustainable growth in manufacturing and service industries and providing consultative services to entrepreneurs.  Don has spent the majority of his career in customer-facing and solutions-focused roles and looks forward to applying his experience to further the mission of Pittsburgh Gateways in Pittsburgh and throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Don was raised on a 225-acre family farm in Virginia.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs/Economics from George Washington University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia.

Robert A. Meeder, Ph.D

Senior Advisor and Board Member – Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation; Energy Innovation Center, LP; EIC Management, LLC,; and EIC Master Tenant, LLC

Founding President of Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation; Energy Innovation Center, LP; and Energy Innovation Center Institute, Inc. Chairman of the Boards of The Clemente Collection and Society and Energy Innovation Center Institute, Inc. Bob received his B.A. (Westminster), M.A. (Duquesne) and PhD (Pitt). He has extensive experience in post-secondary education; community based economic development and the formation and management/governance of private for profit and private not-for-profit partnerships. Dr. Meeder has led strategic planning, new venture development, substantial fund raising efforts and partnership development in 31 US states and 7 foreign countries. The majority of his current economic development activities are focused on the continuing development of the seven acre Energy Innovation Center complex.

William P. Miller

COO & VP – Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation; Energy Innovation Center, LP; EIC Management, LLC; and EIC Master Tenant, LLC

Chief Operating Officer of Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation; Energy Innovation Center, LP. Bill joined Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation in 1999 with over 24 years of experience as an entrepreneur. Mr. Miller has found and managed private companies (MMS, Business Concepts, Vesta Designs, and Prism Fiber Optics) within the Pittsburgh region; previously had eight years of experience serving as a boat yard and steel fabrication field supervisor and coordinator of the technical training facility for Dravo Corporation’s Engineering Works Division. Mr. Miller’s current responsibilities at the Energy Innovation Center include: Managing all pre-construction design and construction phase development, LEED Certification, Women & Minority Participation Plan and implementation, Historic Tax Credit compliance, tenant leasing, land acquisition, corporate engagement and facility operations.

Additionally he is responsible for managing existing and establishing new partnership opportunities relating to commercial development and start-up companies. Within this role he has also select training program design and implementation responsibilities i.e. Intro to the Trades, Operating Engineers, Security Guard, business incubation work space and business assistance programs. Some of his previous responsibilities have included : Managing business incubator facility assessments, commercial development, installation and management of the Gateways program at various Centers of Technology e.g. Pittsburgh University Product Innovation Center, Center for Emergency Medicine, PantherlabWorks, Purdue Research Foundation Incubator, Northern Indiana Innovation Center, Hammond Technology Center and Valparaiso Technology Innovation Center. Other activities include management of technology exchange and business matching activities with the Japanese Government and serving as interim President and general manager for start-up companies.

 Jessica Lee

Special Projects Coordinator– Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation, Energy Innovation Center, LP; EIC Management, LLC;  and EIC Master Tenant, LLC

An officer at Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation, the Energy Innovation Center, L.P. and affiliates for 20 years; and a founding team member of the Energy Innovation Center Institute, Inc, which is a start-up of Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation.  Jessica received her B.A. at Duke University and her J.D. at Duke University School of Law (both in Durham, NC).  She has material for-profit and nonprofit experience in entrepreneurship, business and investment counsel, oversight of human resources and legal/regulatory, strategic planning, facilitative coaching and dispute resolution, business development, and program creation and management.  Jessica is also a professional Jazz singer and recording artist and a founding member of the America’s Arts & Music Crossroads Center at Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation, which has assisted in the saving of the historic Crawford Grill Jazz Club in Pittsburgh’s Hill District and has provided creativity and career programs to those in underserved communities.  Jessica is responsible for assisting with program and new venture creation and management and for oversight of legal/regulatory, human resources, and community outreach and collaboration.

Reginald Cox

Facility/Operations Manager and Project Coordinator – Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation, Energy Innovation Center

Reggie received his MPM from Carnegie Mellon University where he was part of the 2010 $1Million Hult Global Case Challenge winning team. He and his team designed a solution addressing early childhood education for OLPC. At Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation and Energy Innovation Center he is responsible for day-to-day building management and specific program development. Reggie joined Pittsburgh Gateways with a decade of for-profit business experience and another decade of nonprofit organizational experience. In addition to a CMU Master’s Degree, he holds several Homeland Security certificates and was certified by the NGICP in green infrastructure construction, inspection & maintenance.

Elizabeth Harrison

Business Operations Manager – Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation; Energy Innovation Center, LP; EIC Management, LLC; and EIC Master Tenant, LLC

Business Operations Manager at Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation and Energy Innovation Center. Prior to joining Pittsburgh Gateways, Elizabeth was the Event Coordinator and Assistant Director at The Clemente Museum at Engine House 25. In that role, Elizabeth was responsible for booking and managing all events, Museum guided tours and meetings at the Engine House, as well as day-to-day operations of the Museum and donor relations. During her time at the Museum, Elizabeth gained insight into non-profit management and policies and participated in grant writing, fundraising and accounting. Her involvement with events and tours helped to grow her customer service and leadership skills. Prior to this work, Elizabeth worked as an Executive Assistant for Dr. Gregory G. Bebb, MD, FACS at Wilmington Surgical Associates.  Elizabeth graduated Cum Laude from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

At Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation and the Energy Innovation Center companies, Elizabeth’s current responsibilities include:  back office management, executive team support, leasing management, grants and loan development assistance and reporting assistance, campaign funding support, Human Resources functions,  program process implementation, and manager of the Pittsburgh Green Innovators, Inc. co-workshop.

Sharon Place

Development Officer – Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation; Energy Innovation Center, LP; EIC Management, LLC; and EIC Master Tenant, LLC

Fund and Program Development for Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation and PGI Inc., President of Connected Learning Academy, Development Consultant for the Clemente Museum, and Development Consultant for Koresh Dance Company. Board Member of the Fleisher Art Memorial.  Sharon has material experience in both nonprofit fundraising and management.  At Pittsburgh Gateways she is responsible for grant writing and development for multiple initiatives and incubator client selection and management. Previously to her work in the non-profit sector Sharon spent almost 20 years on Wall Street.  She began her financial career on the International Trading Desk at JPMorgan, and built a successful Institutional Sales Trading desk from the ground up during her 14 year tenure at INTL FCStone.  Sharon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Dance from Bucknell University.

Stephen A. Guenther

Operating Engineer at the Energy Innovation Center

Stephen has been working as an operating engineer since 1997 and has serviced 10 different facilities both in the city and suburban office park complex giving him exposure to a broad range of equipment and building operation systems.  Stephen joined the EIC team in May of 2018. His unique skillset positioned him for the many different types of complex building systems located at the EIC.

Currently responsible for the daily operations including operating, maintaining and repairing the HVAC, plumbing, electrical, building automation and life safety systems.

Stuart L. Bell, CPA

Finance Director – Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation; Energy Innovation Center, LP; EIC Management, LLC and EIC Master Tenant, LLC

Stuart has over 40 years of tax and public accounting experience, including time with American Express Financial Services and Price Waterhouse.  He has worked with Pittsburgh Gateways since 2004 handling financial transactions involving new market tax credits and historical tax credit investments during the various financing phases of the Energy Innovation Center project.  He has significant experience in the venture and start-up arena, especially with early-stage funding.  He was a co-founder of Idea Foundry, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit economic development company that provides funding to early-stage companies.

Stuart holds an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, an BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is licensed as a CPA in both Pennsylvania and California.

Advisory Team

C. Elise Arsenault

Elise is a senior executive with more than 20 years’ experience building global businesses. She is the founder and principal of Empire Eleven, a boutique strategy firm headquartered in New York. Elise consults with C-suite and senior management, Boards of Directors, Private Equity and Venture Capital principals. She provides advisory services and strategic operational support to optimize companies performance and accelerate growth. Her core competencies include merger integration and turnaround management as well as go-to-market strategy development, branding, positioning, integrated marketing across multi-channel businesses, customer touchpoint management, internal and external communications, eCommerce, social, digital, product development, customer relationship management and sales enablement.

Over the course of her career Elise has helped to merge and integrate nearly 300 companies. Prior to founding Empire Eleven, she was the head of Marketing for United Rentals, a Fortune 500 company, that grew by acquisition and is the largest construction equipment company in the world. Elise was among United Rentals’ first 15 employees and worked in various capacities over an eleven year tenure, including Investor Relations, Corporate Real Estate, Sustainability and Marketing.

At Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation (PGC), Elise works with business incubator clients, and participates in various development and communications activities for PGC’s initiatives.

Elise has extensive experience in a wide range of industries, from industrial equipment to consumer packaged goods, with both public and privately held companies, B2B and B2C. She has worked with clients throughout North America, the UK and the Australia Pacific Region. Elise holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Economics from Bucknell University.

Shannon Kelly David

Events Director and Administrative Coordinator – Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation; Energy Innovation Center, LP Innovation Center complex.

Nate Lofton

Facilities Management Assistant – Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation; Energy Innovation Center, LP Innovation Center complex.

Board of Directors for Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation, Energy Innovation Center, LP; EIC Management, LLC; and EIC Master Tenant, LLC

Reynolds Clark

Board chair
Retired Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff, University of Pittsburgh

Dan Leri

Vice-Chair
Director, Innovation Park, Penn State University

Ann Dugan
Senior Managing Director, Family Office Exchange, Retired Founder and Assistant Dean, Katz Graduate School of Business, Institute of Entrepreneurial Excellence, University of Pittsburgh

David Motley

Co-founder, Managing Partner – BlueTree Venture Fund, LLC.

Franco Harris

Member NFL Hall of Fame (Pittsburgh Steelers) Owner and President, Super Bakery and Parks Sausage Company

Joshua Pollard
CEO, Omicelo

Michael Kane

President, Community Foundation for the Alleghenies

Paul D'Alesandro

Paul D’Alesandro

District Director, 14th Congressional District

Paul Svoboda

Senior Governmental Relations Representative at Duquesne Light Co

Robert Meeder

Senior Advisor to Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation

Stephen Robinson

Stephen Robinson

Managing Partner, Pittsburgh Equity Partners LP

Tim McNulty

Associate Vice President of Government Relations, Carnegie Mellon University