Name: Peter St. Tienne Wolff (Tienne)
What years have you lived in Lawrenceville? October 2017 to present.
Why did you move to Lawrenceville? After living in Uptown, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, the North Shore and East Liberty, I was drawn to the unique and vibrant nature of the neighborhood, the significant number of things to do and areas to explore within walking distance, and the proximity to downtown/my office building.
Current Job Title (if employed): Attorney at Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP
Why do you want to be on the LU Board: Having lived in Lawrenceville for the last 2 years, I’d like to get more involved and give back to the community. I’ve become more active in LU’s activities over the last few months and, through a position on the Board, I believe that I can continue this commitment and help shape the future of our neighborhood.
Please list Volunteer, Non-Profit, or Board Experience: During the COVID-19 pandemic, I volunteered with my fiance Tamara Allison to deliver meals to senior citizens. For the last 4 weeks, we picked up meals from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western PA building on Butler Street and delivered them to Morningside Crossing. I also, at times, helped in her participation int he Lawrenceville Buddy Program- dropping off groceries / medications and visiting (at a distance) with our buddy, neighbor, and friend.
Since moving to Lawrenceville, I’ve also helped prepare meals for the Ronald McDonald House Charities located at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh alongside my family.
Additionally, in the summer of 2019, I served as a volunteer at Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh: a free, two-day dental clinic for under-servced people living in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area, many of whom are from working families who do not have access to dental work or cannot afford dental insurance.
I also previously volunteered at the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Winter Games at Hidden Valley Ski Resort.
What makes Lawrenceville unique? Why? I believe that the history and mix of residents makes Lawrenceville unique. We are close to a number of different communities and downtown, we have shops, restaurants and bars that you won’t find anywhere else in town and, while we are an urban neighborhood, have miles of riverfront trails and trails through the cemetery that can make you feel like you’re not in the city. Additionally, there appears to be a drive by all residents to make Lawrenceville great while maintaining its history and all of the elements that make it unique.
What is one thing you would like to work on within the neighborhood? Why? I would like to work to ensure that the neighborhood looks its best and can be safely enjoyed by all residents. I enjoy the eclectic mix of old and newer homes and industrial sites in the area, the shops, restaurants, residences, and bars on and around Butler Street, the art on fences, homes and buildings, and the different green spaces, dog parks riverfront trails, and railroad tracks. I believe that simply walking around and exploring the neighborhood is a great free activity that all residents can enjoy, and by ensuring that these spaces are maintained (i.e. trash is picked up, wildlife respected, possibly flowers planted, etc.), that experience is maximized.
How are you involved in the Lawrenceville community? I joined Lawrenceville United in May of 2019 and would like to get more involved in the Lawrenceville community. I’ve shopped at the Farmer’s Market and have attended the Cookie Tours, the 2019 LU Kids Halloween Party, the LU Virtual Board Meet and Greet, and the Virtual Public Safety Meeting.
More recently, and as mentioned above, I volunteered with my fiance Tamara Allison to deliver meals to senior citizens. For the last 4 weeks, we picked up meals from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western PA building on Butler Street and delivered them to Morningside Crossing. I also, at times, helped in her participation in the Lawrenceville Buddy Program- dropping off groceries / medications and visiting (at a distance) with our buddy, neighbor, and friend.
Finally, in addition to frequenting the many excellent restaurants, bars and shops in the area, I run on the riverfront trail and past the Bernard Dog Run nearly every day.
What would you bring to the LU Board (e.g. experience, skills, perspective, network, etc.)? I would bring my commitment, attention to detail, and desire to see our neighborhood be the best it can be to the Board. Additionally, as an attorney with a degree in business administration, I believe that I would bring experience and skills that would benefit the Board as a whole and the Governance and Finance Committees.
What is one fun fact that others might be surprised to know about you? I love adventure. I’ve been skydiving, hang-gliding, paragliding, bungee-jumping and fly boarding, and would do it all again in a heartbeat if I had the chance.