Presley Gillespie

President, Neighborhood Allies

Presley L. Gillespie is the inaugural president of Neighborhood Allies, a community development intermediary that supports the people, organizations and partnerships committed to creating and maintaining healthy neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Gillespie is a nationally recognized leader in the field of community and economic development and was most recently the founding executive director of the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation (YNDC), the first city-wide community development corporation in Youngstown, OH. Presley has served on numerous boards locally and nationally, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Center for Community Progress and the Key Bank National Advisory Council for the National Community Benefits Plan. In 2015 Presley was selected by Mayor William Peduto as a Daniel Rose Fellow with the Rose Center for Public Leadership, a fellowship established to encourage and support excellence in land use decision making by local governments. In 2017, Presley received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Youngstown State University.