Director of Planning and Projects
Gavin White is thrilled to join Riverlife as Director of Planning and Projects. He comes to Riverlife from the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy where, as their Community Projects Manager, he combined on-the-ground building experience with a passion for public engagement to develop and implement resident-led plans and projects. At work and at home, Gavin organizes and engages in planning and policy discussions, aiming to make Pittsburgh healthier, wilder, and more beautiful.
As a volunteer, Gavin serves as Secretary for Hazelwood Initiative, engaging residents and stewarding property in the neighborhood with the goal of development without displacement. Regionally, he supports grassroots organizations pursuing social change as a member of the grantmaking committee of the Three Rivers Community Foundation. Outside of Pittsburgh, he serves as executive officer for World Urban Parks Climate Change and Resilience Committee, a group of leaders from around the globe dedicated to the role urban parks play in addressing Earth’s greatest threats.
Gavin grew up in Mars (Pennsylvania) and graduated with degrees in Architecture Studies and History from the University of Pittsburgh. When he’s not at work, you can find him on the trails, in the parks, or at home in his workshop building something out of local lumber.