Majestic Lane is the Deputy Chief of Neighborhood Empowerment in the office of Mayor William Peduto. In that capacity, Majestic’s work includes leading the Peduto administration’s neighborhood equity efforts through community driven development, affordable housing, and engaging with Community Development Corporations, neighborhood groups, and other stakeholders. Prior to his time in the Mayor’s office, he was the Director of External Affairs & Membership Engagement at Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG), a membership organization for Community Development Corporations, Community-Based Organizations, and related nonprofits that represent low- and moderate- income communities throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. Lane also served as the Director of Community Engagement & Strategy at A+ Schools, an education advocacy organization dedicated to improving outcomes for Black & Brown children in Pittsburgh Public Schools, and a legislative aide to Pennsylvania State Senator Jim Ferlo focusing on community development, education & sustainability issues.
Ken Doyno is the President of Rothschild Doyno Collaborative, an architecture and urban design firm focused on creating meaningful design solutions using collaborative processes with clients and communities. Ken provides leadership in how design, community planning, and property development grows our communities’ economic, social, and physical value. Ken focuses on aligning people to create shared visions for design that connects and serves both client and community.
In addition to thirty years of distinguished professional practice, Ken has advanced regional change through participation in civic, academic, and cultural activities. This includes prior service as the Board Chair of the Design Center of Pittsburgh, co-chair of Leadership Pittsburgh’s Community Vision Day, and on the Chatham University Landscape Architecture advisory board. Ken served as an Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University for multiple years teaching in both the fifth year architecture “Urban Lab” studio and the first year architecture studio. Ken also served as an advisory board member to the Remaking Cities Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Ken is currently serving on the board for the Saturday Light Brigade which uses radio and audio to encourage, amplify, and share ideas, stories, and feelings of children, youth and families.
Diamonte Walker currently serves as the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s Minority and Women Business Enterprise Program Officer. In her role as the MWBE Program Officer, Diamonte is committed to advancing equitable development by ensuring Minority and Women owned firms are equipped to face the new realities of Pittsburgh’s transforming economy. With a career span of more than 15 years in the for-profit sector and having recently served as a business development program manager in the non-profit sector, Diamonte understands the complex challenges we face as a region when trying to effectuate meaningful change in neighborhoods. Diamonte offers a sobering look at what can happen when we expand the work of economic development beyond metrics, goals, and buzzwords to create impactful experiences that can empower people while transforming place.
Diamonte holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and is currently working towards the completion of a Master of Science in Management and Leadership. Diamonte is a Mayoral appointee to Pittsburgh’s Land Bank Board, a 2016 New Pittsburgh Courier Fab 40 Under 40 awardee, 2017 Pittsburgh Magazine 40 under 40 honoree, and currently sits on the board of Avenu, formerly StartUptown.