We create, activate, and celebrate Pittsburgh’s riverfronts, connecting people through exceptional places and experiences.
Our Vision and Our Values
At Riverlife, we envision a Pittsburgh where thriving world-class riverfronts are essential to the region and belong to everyone. We believe Pittsburgh’s rivers bring life to our region.
- We elevate social equity. We center our work on the idea that the riverfronts belong to everyone and must be a model for community-driven, equitable development.
- We embrace innovative ideas. We tackle big challenges with creative solutions that drive transformational change.
- We advocate for great design. We cultivate riverfront experiences that are elevated by high-quality, community-focused, and regenerative design.
- We collaborate and connect. We nurture broad-based partnerships with community, philanthropy, and key stakeholders to advance our mission.
- We are a trusted leader. We advance a shared vision through our unique position at the intersection of economic development, arts & culture, and sustainability.
A History of Working Together
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.
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, a 15-mile, 880-acre loop of riverfront parks, trails, and public open spaces. The riverfront park system has been realized piece by piece, with Riverlife working with land owners, developers, neighborhood groups and elected officials to build and connect Pittsburgh’s downtown riverfront experience. Through Riverlife’s leadership, more than 85% of the 15-mile Three Rivers Park loop has been established and improved for public use.
Great Riverfronts Benefit Everyone
Riverlife has led a $132 million investment in creating Pittsburgh’s downtown riverfront experience over the past 15 years. That investment helped catalyze nearly $4.2 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.
Board of Directors
Kamal Nigam, Chair
Engineering Director and Site Lead
Cindy Donohoe, Vice Chair
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Terry Wirginis, Treasurer
President and Owner
Gateway Clipper Fleet
Dusty Elias Kirk, Secretary
Reed Smith LLP
Kathleen W. Buechel
The Benter Foundation
Department of City Planning, City of Pittsburgh
Southwest Deputy Director
Office of the Governor/
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
David Lewis Director of Urban Design and Regional Engagement
Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture
Office of Public Art
Chief of Staff
County Executive Rich Fitzgerald
Mary Lou McLaughlin
George Robinson II
Director of Supplier Diversity and Inclusion
Sandra E. Taylor
Falk Professor of Socially Responsible Business
Chatham University Falk School of Sustainability and Environment