Jami joined Economic Development South in December 2014 as the Commercial District Manager in Mt. Oliver and Knoxville. Jami spearheaded the TBSP project when she began the Sweet Saturdays event. This eventually became the concept for the bakery incubator. She is now serving as the Executive Director of TBSPgh in which she will manage the overall strategic plan of TBSPgh to further impact the Pittsburgh Region via food incubation and entrepreneurial education. Jami has a background in restaurant management and entrepreneurship. She also has extensive background in strategic planning and grant management.
Josh is the Director for Community Food Initiatives for Economic Development South and works to bring food resources and amenities to communities across the Route 51 Corridor. As a licensed social worker, Josh works with neighborhoods to better address the issue of food access and intersectional problems such as employment, income, and transportation. Josh believes the Bakery Society is one of our region’s most promising new solutions to community economic redevelopment. By providing opportunity for community members to learn new skills and explore new business opportunities we can foster an environment in which the path to entrepreneurial success comes with far less obstacles. Josh is most excited to meet all of students – and future business leaders – the Bakery Society will be working with, and of course for all the amazing baked goods we will sell!
Brett is an experienced business and financial analysts with over fourteen years of experience in the Pittsburgh region. He is driven by intellectual curiosity—a desire to continue to learn. To that end, Brett directs his energy and effort to the areas of arts, education, and entrepreneurship. When he heard about TBSP, Brett could not pass on an opportunity to be part of a team that gives bakers a means to build and/or grow their own businesses. Brett hopes that The Bakery Society Pittsburgh will be a catalyst for growth in the Mt. Oliver business district and will provide bakers with the tools, confidence, and general wherewithal to start their own businesses.
Tim serves at the marketing director for TBSP. As the Principal + CEO of TrailBlaze Creative, he has presented regionally and nationally on topics surrounding social media, marketing, and branding, and has worked with some of the country’s top brands throughout his career. As a strategist, he applies qualitative and quantitative data to develop recommendations, action plans, and comprehensive blueprints, focusing on impact and investment. As a creative, Tim builds the tools for implementation, incorporating methodic principles of design and psychology. With a career spanning sales, marketing, strategy, nonprofit administration, communications, and entrepreneurship, Tim has a complete perspective on economic development through a marketing and communications lens.
Henry Horn-Pyatt is the Small Business and Redevelopment Manager for Mayor William Peduto, working to help Pittsburgh Neighborhoods use all the tools at their disposal to increase neighborhood economic activity, safety, amenities, community cohesion, and access to the rest of the region. Prior to joining the Peduto administration Henry worked in the River Wards of Philadelphia for New Kensington Community Development Corp helping to revitalize the traditional commercial corridors in that section of Philadelphia, as well as helping to implement bike infrastructure, improve streetscapes, directly assist business owners and associations, and planning and managing events like the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby. He has also worked in neighborhood revitalization in East Stroudsburg Pennsylvania, and the Bloomfield, Garfield, and Friendship neighborhoods of Pittsburgh. A ‘church basement guy’ who strives to include under-represented community voices in policy decisions, Henry is a 2005 graduate of the Urban Studies – Planning program at the University of Pittsburgh and holds a GIS certificate.
Shauna is a baker, teacher and community oven builder from Toronto who has worked at wood-fired ovens and bakeries in Canada, the US and UK. She coordinated the construction of the 2014 Braddock Community Oven in Braddock, PA where she continues to co-facilitate events with the Braddock Carnegie Library that prioritize community use. Shauna has worked to build bread programming for The Braddock Youth Project, the YMCA, Propel Schools and Chatham University. She is thrilled to be assisting TBSP with their oven build. Besides being a be a valuable platform for food production, she hopes the oven will bring opportunities for innovation and community engagement to the bakery space. She is currently building an outdoor oven at Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus, teaching baking workshops for CRAFT and is working on a new project with the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh.
Talia Piazza is a nonprofit and communications professional with nearly 10 years experience managing community development programs and initiatives that support local community-based organizations, strengthen neighborhood conditions, and ultimately improve quality of life for Pittsburgh residents. In her current full-time position, Talia serves as the Senior Program Manager for Communications and Marketing at Neighborhood Allies, a community development organization that supports the local ecosystem working to create and maintain thriving neighborhoods across the city. She also operates a successful small scale baking venture, making and selling baked goods at local farmers markets and special events, and organizing and hosting cooperative style pop up events in local neighborhoods. Talia serves on the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation as Vice President of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Emerald View Park Committee. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) as well as a Bachelor’s of Art in Legal Studies and Political Science from Gannon University in Erie, PA, is a Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. LDI XVIII alum, and serves on the McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation Board of Directors.
Diane Rutten has lived in the Mount Oliver community since 1960. She left only for 7 years as she served her country in the Army as one of the first female soldiers combat trained. Along with her husband, she raised her two children in the same home that she grew up in. Throughout the years, she has been involved with Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, baseball, softball and the Ladies Auxiliary of the fire department. She co-owned a catering company for 8 years which was highly successful. Diane finished her working career at Pittsburgh Carrick High School as the Culinary Arts teacher for 16 years. Recently retired, she now has the time to volunteer for the community again. She is hoping to lend her business and culinary experience to the Mount Oliver Bakery Project.
Eric Shultz works as a municipal park manager however his background is in hotel and restaurant management as well as community development. He would like to see TBSP succeed in assisting pastry chefs gain the training and experience to open their own businesses, and he hopes to see this project add another interesting development to the Mt. Oliver neighborhood. Currently, Eric is an Adjunct Instructor of Restaurant Management at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.