Name: Emily Howe
What years have you lived in Lawrenceville? 2018- current
Why did you move to Lawrenceville? Bought a home here thanks to City of Bridges CLT in 2018
Current Job Title (if employed): Manager of Special Projects, Research, and Reporting at the PA State System of Higher Ed
Why do you want to be on the LU Board? What would you like to work on within the neighborhood? I’m excited to continue LU’s work of developing community and systems of support between residents. Lawrenceville has experienced extreme displacement of low-income residents and residents of color. But, like LU, I’m committed to working with residents–particularly those most impacted by the rising cost of living–to promote programs and actions to meet their needs and improve their quality of life. I had the great luck and opportunity to be a homeowner in Lawrenceville because of the City of Bridges land trust, so I want to pay it forward and make Lawrenceville a neighborhood where people of all backgrounds and incomes are valued and can thrive.
Please list Volunteer, Non-Profit, or Board Experience: Homeowner Board Member of City of Bridges Land Trust (2020-current); Research/Organizing volunteer with Pittsburghers for Public Transit (June 2021-current); LU food deliveries and Amazon work (2020-current); Volunteer ESL tutor with Literacy Pittsburgh (2019-2022)
What makes Lawrenceville unique? Why? Lawrenceville has a rich history and complicated present. Until recently, it was an affordable working class neighborhood. Now, it is *the* story of gentrification and displacement in Pittsburgh. Home and rental prices continue to rise; many long-term residents have been displaced because of it. Because of this, Lawrenceville community orgs like LU organize to support low-income residents and promote policies that support affordable housing. To me, the community organizing to try to address and repair the harms of gentrification makes Lawrenceville unique.
One of LU’s core values is equity and the organization will be undergoing anti-oppression trainings in summer 2022, which new Board members will participate in. What’s one idea you have for how LU should live out its commitment to equity? I think allocating resources (time, money, people, etc.) in a way that addresses the expressed needs and desires of historically marginalized residents is one key way to exemplify a commitment to equity. This is easier said than done of course, and will also require exerting time, effort, and money to support developing relationships and the trust necessary to do collaborative planning and decision-making. This work should also empower and support individuals and groups to take on future leadership roles.
How are you involved in the Lawrenceville community? I’ve been a part of the City of Bridges Community Land Trust since 2018 (which used to be part of Lawrenceville Corporation). I’ve served on the City of Bridges Board since 2021. I’ve worked with LU on its Friday food deliveries and organizing related to the Amazon distribution center in Lawrenceville for almost two years.
What would you bring to the LU Board (e.g. experience, skills, perspective, network, etc.)? I have a lot of experience in education and research. I was a public school teacher in NYC for 5 years and finished my PhD in learning sciences and policy (from Pitt) about 6 months ago. I do applied research and project management in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in PA’s State System of Higher Ed. I’m passionate about making sure public services/institutions are responsive and accountable to the public, which is why I do community-based (volunteer) work with Pittsburghers for Public Transit and am a Board member of the City of Bridges Community Land Trust.
What is one fun fact that others might be surprised to know about you? My favorite Mario Kart driver is Wario and I’m really good at running backwards.