About Us

About Riverlife


What We Do

Riverlife’s staff team works every day with developers, land owners, and neighborhood groups on issues of riverfront design, access, amenities and programming in Pittsburgh and the region. Find out how you can work with us.

Creating a Vision for Pittsburgh: A Brief History

Riverlife is a nonprofit organization formed in 1999 by people like you who saw the opportunity to create a plan for the redevelopment of Pittsburgh’s downtown riverfronts. We conducted hundreds of public meetings and gathered feedback from thousands of residents and visitors, asking:

“What would you like to see along Pittsburgh’s riverbanks?”

Working from the feedback of the community, Riverlife released a vision plan in 2000 for a downtown riverfront park system called Three Rivers Park. Piece by piece, working with land owners, developers, neighborhood groups and elected officials, the Three Rivers Park vision is being realized. Through Riverlife’s leadership, more than 80% of the 13-mile Three Rivers Park loop has been established and improved for public use.

Great Riverfronts Benefit Everyone

Riverlife has led a $129 million investment in creating Three Rivers Park over the past 15 years. That investment helped catalyze nearly $4.1 billion in total riverfront and adjacent development in downtown Pittsburgh. In addition to real estate development, that also means new public trail connections, parks and amenities on Pittsburgh’s riverfronts.

Our Mission

To reclaim, restore and promote Pittsburgh’s riverfronts as the environmental, recreational, cultural and economic hub for the people of this region and our visitors.

Contact our staff below to see how you can be a part of the movement to make Pittsburgh’s riverfronts amazing destinations for our citizens and visitors.


Pete Mendes

Pete Mendes

Interim Executive Director

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Stephan Bontrager

Stephan Bontrager

Vice President, Communications and Outreach

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Craig Weber

Craig Weber

Accounting and Finance


Sarah Spiegel

Sarah Spiegel

Development and Fundraising

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Board of Directors

Margaret McCormick Barron, Chair
Barron Strategic Advisor in communications & government relations

Terry Wirginis, Treasurer
President, Gateway Clipper Fleet

Diana Bucco
President, The Buhl Foundation

Kathleen W. Buechel
Executive Director, The Benter Foundation

Cindy Donohoe
Senior Vice President, Marketing, Highmark Health

Nancy Fales, Development Chair
Community Volunteer

Ray Gastil
City Planning Director, City of Pittsburgh

Abass Kamara
Carey Group

Dusty Elias Kirk
Partner, Reed Smith

Jennifer Liptak
Chief of Staff, Allegheny County Executive’s Office

Mary Lou McLaughlin
Community Volunteer

Erin Molchany
Director, Governor’s Southwestern PA Office

Kamal Nigam
Engineering Director, Google Pittsburgh

Paul H. O’Neill, Jr.
Managing Member, O’Neill Alpha Fund

Grant Oliphant
President, The Heinz Endowments

Eric Osth, AIA
Vice Chairman, Urban Design Associates