Who We Are

Our Board of Directors

Rising Tide Partners relies on the depth of experience of our board of directors, and the diverse expertise of our staff.

Tammy Thompson

Executive Director

Circles of Greater Pittsburgh

Fred Brown


The Forbes Funds

Bill Krahe


Grand View Development Company

Ray Garofalo

VP of Community Development

Dollar Bank

Irene McLaughlin Clark

J.D., Attorney at Law

Pam Collier


Lord Marketing Group

Ray Baum

Attorney at Law

Clark Hill PLC


Our staff brings the diverse skill set necessary to undertake complicated land transactions, build honest relationships in neighborhoods, while navigating sometimes complicated community processes. Our expertise includes real estate financing, urban design and planning, facilitation and mediation, and a breadth of knowledge about the various financing tools and policy to available to create and preserve affordable housing.

Kendall Pelling

Executive Director

Kendall is an expert in public and nonprofit systems to recycle vacant and abandoned properties. He has pioneered a community driven land recycling approach to give communities the ability to implement their visions for revitalization. He has wide experience in community real estate development, including affordable and market rate development of both housing and commercial spaces. He brings this expertise together with the wisdom of residents and community partners to craft trans-formative neighborhood real estate strategies.

Joseph Wingenfeld

Real Estate Project Manager

Joseph Wingenfeld has over a decade of experience in community development across a variety of sectors in Cleveland, Columbus, and now Pittsburgh. He brings a passion for neighborhood revitalization especially in historically disinvested post-industrial communities. In his current role at Rising Tide Partners Joe is the Real Estate Project Manager charged with managing real estate and property interventions to preserve and increase permanent affordable housing, remediate blight, and revitalize urban neighborhoods.

Ivette Mongalo-Winston

Community Partnerships & Communications Consultant

An urban designer, planner, and facilitator, Ivette seeks to improve the communities she works in by supporting collaborations, designing transparent planning processes, and facilitating honest conversations. Her work is rooted in the desire to create a more just world where everyone’s voice is heard.