Fourth Economy has assembled a team of creative, strategic doers who have worked extensively with economic development organizations, community-based organizations, universities, governments, and businesses.

We develop broad strategies as well as integrated action plans that can be readily implemented by our clients. Fourth Economy works beyond the analysis to become part of the client team to see strategic recommendations through to success.
Rich Overmoyer

Rich Overmoyer

President & CEO

Fourth Economy


Rich founded Fourth Economy in 2010 and since then has been leading the charge to help clients translate complex ideas and data into solutions for their communities. He is creative, thoughtful, and entrepreneurial, and uses his own experiences as a guide in his work to connect people who share similar ideas and values. He strongly believes in honesty, respect, and in creating true partnerships with clients. In his spare time he’s a pinball whiz and believes in the power of craft beer to create stronger communities.

Education

University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Pittsburgh, PA
M.A., Public Policy and Management
B.A., Political Science and English Writing

Prior Experience

GSP Consulting, Pittsburgh PA
As a Principal led the development of a new community and economic development practice

Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Harrisburg, PA
Deputy Secretary for the Commonwealth of PA – managed a $89m annual portfolio, 17 staff members and over $2 billion in investment capital

Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Harrisburg, PA
Supported agency Secretary in development of cutting edge initiatives combining social service, community and economic development efforts.

Jerry Paytas, Ph.D.

Jerry Paytas, Ph.D.

Vice President, Research & Analytics

Fourth Economy

Jerry founded Fourth Economy in 2010 with Rich. He loves working with clients who are curious, driven, and believe in the power of data and information. He’s good at figuring out how to analyze information that may not have a standard resource or method and then condensing the results to help clients reduce uncertainty and develop an implementable path forward. Jerry has an analytical mind and brings a critical eye to ideas and projects. Jerry serves on the boards of Landmarks Development Corporation and the University of Pittsburgh Human Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee.

Education

University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Pittsburgh, PA
Ph.D., Public and International Affairs
M.A., Urban and Regional Planning

The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
B.A.,  International Affairs

Prior Experience

GSP Consulting, Pittsburgh, PA
Directed research for state, regional and local economic development strategies

Carnegie Mellon Center for Economic Development, Pittsburgh, PA
Managed an applied research and policy center that provided fact-based regional development policy analysis and recommendations

Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Trained more than 200 pragmatic development analysts and activists in Urban and Regional Economic Development

Ben Franklin Technology Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Managed $1.5 million annual business service program to support technology startups

Chelsea Burket

Chelsea Burket

Director, Sustainable Communities

Fourth Economy

Chelsea is passionate about being a part of the evolution of economic development and its convergence with community development. She excels at organizing ideas and information and loves putting that to use with clients who need help tackling tough challenges. Chelsea works as a true partner with clients to help them think through issues, add capacity, and implement change. She knows the value of open and frequent communication with clients to ensure that our process is understood, expectations are met, and plans are implementable. Chelsea serves on the board of GTECH Strategies.  In her spare time, Chelsea likes all things culinary – growing, cooking, canning and eating.

Education

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
M.A., Urban Planning, Community and Economic Development Concentration (AICP Award)

Pennsylvania State University, Altoona, PA
B.A., Environmental Studies

Prior Experience

Southwest Detroit Business Association, Detroit, MI
Managed all corporate social responsibility programs and participation in United Nation’s Global Compact

City of Ann Arbor, Planning and Development Services, Ann Arbor, MI
Assisted in overall function of Planning Department, including public engagement, zoning and code revisions, and corridor planning

 

Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision, Detroit, MI
Wrote plan as master’s project to ensure triple-bottom line benefits from new international bridge

Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision, Detroit, MI
Engaged residents in blight remediation and public health campaigns

Pittsburgh Office of Public Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Provided technical assistance to developers and community organizations to include art in development

Pia Bernardini

Pia Bernardini

Operations Manager

Fourth Economy

Pia has built a career organizing and asking the right questions behind the scenes for mission driven start-ups and nonprofits and loves being surrounded by smart, interesting people. She’s lived in Italy, Spain and Washington, DC. Pia is a problem solver professionally and personally and believes in finding the sweet spot between big ideas and pragmatic frameworks. She loves to cook and garden and is generally planning for at least one house repair project and international adventure at any given time.

Education

Georgetown University
M.A., Linguistics/Teaching English as a Second Language

University of Virginia
B.A., Italian & Art History

Prior Experience

Wonders Early Learning & Extended Day, Washington, DC
Member of senior leadership team with responsibility for operations, enrollment and marketing

Capital Education Group, Washington, DC
Oversaw enrollment, marketing and budgeting for education startup serving children with special needs

British Schools of America, Washington, DC
Marketing & admissions manager overseeing 5 schools across the US

Centro de Estudios Norteamericanos, Valencia, Spain
Teacher of conversational and business English and American culture

Emily Brown

Emily Brown

Director of Economic Strategy

Fourth Economy

Emily uses her skills at finding consensus and creating effective organizational structure to help communities and organizations develop actionable plans. Her knowledge of economic development is wide-ranging; from working with local municipalities in Georgia to leading nationally-focused research projects.  She is especially interested in the intersection of placemaking and economic development. Emily offers a perspective that is data-driven and practical while utilizing innovative ideas and best practices. In her spare time, she enjoys playing bocce, browsing Zillow, and going to see live music. She is a board member of the Incremental Development Alliance.

Education

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
Masters of City and Regional Planning

Allegheny College, Meadville, PA
B.A. English

Prior Experience

International Economic Development Council, Washington, DC
As Director of Applied Research, managed federal and foundation funded grant projects, created curriculum development and administered and lead research efforts for the Economic Development Research Partners, the organization’s think tank.

Kickstarter: Cards Against Urbanity, Washington, DC
Part of a team that created and crowdsourced funds for the development of Cards Against Urbanity, a cheeky game designed to provide education about urban planning.

1776, Washington, DC
Contributed a monthly column to the Insights section on how technology is changing the urban landscape.

Main Street Morgantown, Morgantown, WV
As a VISTA, assisted in fundraising efforts for a downtown farmers’ market pavilion and provided support with event planning.

Andrew Butcher

Andrew Butcher

Pioneer

Fourth Economy

Andrew Butcher joined Fourth Economy as Pioneer in 2018 to forge new partnerships and opportunities throughout New England.  Through his work supporting community efforts to target underutilized resources as a platform for creativity, health, and resilience he has been a long time partner and supporter of Fourth Economy.

He is Executive Fellow at The Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon University, was founding CEO of GTECH (now Grounded) Strategies where he invented the phrase “Social Entrepreneurial Burrito.” He now lives in Maine where he serves on the Portland Land Bank Commission. Andrew enjoys food metaphors, jumping in cold water, and celebrating parks with his family. He recently filled over 500 water balloons for game of “mulch hole” (which he invented) to water a newly created community garden on a vacant lot.

Education

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
MSPPM, Public Policy – Sustainable Community Development

American University, Washington, D.C.
B.A. Political Science, Philosophy

Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Sloan School of Management, Boston, MA
Executive Certificate, Entrepreneurship Development Program

Prior Experience

Heinz College + Metro 21: Smart Cities Institute – Pittsburgh, PA
Supported strategy, curriculum and research at intersection of community development, social innovation and smart infrastructure.  Focused research on identifying where and how to adapt USPS facilities to increase community resilience

Consultant – National
Supported projects for multiple national non-profits including:  The Center for Community Progress and Clean Production Action.

GTECH Strategies, Pittsburgh, PA
Founded and ran social enterprise for first 10 years securing over $13M to support community driven efforts to turn environmental liabilities into community assets.

 

 

Echoing Green Global Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship, New York, NY

Hitachi Foundation – Social Entrepreneurial Fellow, Washington, DC.

Coro Fellow, St. Louis, MO

Joshua Devine

Joshua Devine

Economic Opportunity Strategist

Fourth Economy

Josh is a mission and results driven self starter. He is adept at helping communities activate new strategies to discover economic opportunities and catalyze sustainable growth. Josh utilizes his attention to detail, thorough analysis, creative ability and experience in economic development marketing and strategic planning to advise clients on ways to build capacity and strengthen competitiveness.

Education

University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Economic Development Institute
Certificate, Economic Development

Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
College of Agricultural Sciences
B.S. Community, Environment, and Development

Prior Experience

Regional Branding & Marketing, Southwestern PA
Implemented marketing initiatives to meet the workforce, community and economic development needs of southwestern Pennsylvania. Projects included events and digital campaigns to support business investment goals; a talent attraction job portal, ImaginePittsburgh.com; and community investment program; Strengthening Communities Partnership.

Pittsburgh Impact Initiative, Pittsburgh, PA
Managed a state-funded business growth initiative, Pittsburgh Impact, which provided resources to targeted high-growth regional companies in southwestern, Pennsylvania.

 

Coalition on Urban Affairs, Pittsburgh, PA
Provided strategic program development and community outreach insight to support the creation of the Coalition on Urban Affairs for the Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

 

Chris Ellis

Chris Ellis

Social Innovation Strategist

Fourth Economy

Chris is skilled at building partnerships and uniting stakeholders to develop innovative solutions to complex challenges. He believes that the problems facing our communities require collaborative action from disparate sectors as well as a willingness to embrace fresh ideas. Chris is committed to utilizing cross-sector partnerships and social innovation to improve outcomes. He is passionate about connecting individuals, organizations, and ideas to strengthen communities and is energized by helping partnership groups develop and implement strategies to achieve their shared goals. Chris enjoys playing soccer and exploring Pittsburgh, mostly by running through neighborhoods, eating at restaurants, and drinking beer at local breweries. Chris also currently serves on the Board of Directors for New Sun Rising.

Education

Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO
B.A., Economics and Spanish

Prior Experience

United Way of Salt Lake, Salt Lake City, UT
Managed the country’s first Social Impact Bond focused on early childhood education; facilitated partnerships with the investors, state government, providers, and evaluator to ensure effective implementation

State of Colorado, Denver, CO
Established partnerships with corporations, foundations, and individuals to raise awareness and support for the Governor’s and Lieutenant Governor’s initiatives

 

 

Colorado Association of Funders, Denver, CO
Facilitated communication between Colorado’s foundation community and state policy leaders to maximize the impact of local funding

El Pomar Foundation, Colorado Springs, CO
Partnered with nonprofits to support the development of strategies and programs

 

Monica Hershberger

Monica Hershberger

Design & Marketing Manager

Fourth Economy

Monica is a creative problem solver, has a knack for aesthetics, and thrives in mission based work. Hailing from the nonprofit sector, she has worn many hats in the realms of communications, marketing, and development. As the Design & Marketing Manager at Fourth Economy, she works with clients and staff to create communications and marketing plans along with their deliverables. In her spare time, Monica is an avid community volunteer, amateur gardener, and tour guide at a local whiskey distillery. She is also the co-host and digital content wizard for Shattered Glass Podcast.

Education

Malone University, Canton, Ohio
B.A., Communications & Art

Prior Experience

Homeless Children’s Education Fund, Pittsburgh, PA
Development & Communications manager, coordinating all fundraising and marketing; collaborating on organizational programming

Shattered Glass Podcast
Co-host, interview organizer, digital content creator, and publicity manager

Bigburgh.com
Grant writer on the team that developed and acquired funding for bigburgh.com, a smart website housing resources for individuals experiencing homelessness. The website is now managed by the Public Safety department in the City of Pittsburgh.

 

 

Mickey McGlasson

Mickey McGlasson

Consulting Analyst

Fourth Economy

Mickey believes in the potential of community. Through his work at Fourth Economy, helps people come together to solve problems worth solving. He specializes in complex data analysis, strategy development, and stakeholder engagement, and he has experience working in a variety of areas including land use planning, energy and environmental systems, physical design, and social/public policy. In addition to work, Mickey enjoys doodling, traveling, playing soccer, and talking to strangers.

Education

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
John Heinz III College of Information Systems and Public Policy
M.S., Public Policy and Management

Ball State University, Muncie, IN
B.S., Architecture

Prior Experience

Pittsburgh Community Services, Inc.
Supported agency’s leadership in long-term planning and strategy development.

Bennington County Regional Commission
Worked with communities in southwestern Vermont and state agencies on planning and development projects. Projects involved energy, environment, transportation, housing, and various other issue areas.

SerVermont AmeriCorps VISTA
Supported community development and anti-poverty projects. Work included youth engagement, local food system planning, and grant writing.

Ashley Medeiros

Ashley Medeiros

Business Consultant - Newport, RI

Fourth Economy

Ashley is a creative thinker whose greatest strength is her ability to look past a problem and create a strategy for change.  She is innovative and loves a good challenge. Coming from the nonprofit sector she is passionate about helping others to see their own potential in order to create better communities. As the Business Consultant for Fourth Economy and Connect Greater Newport she works with the community to build capacity through advocacy, outreach, engagement and partnerships. Ashley lives in Rhode Island but is proud to be a native Pittsburgher. In her spare time she enjoys spending time at the beach and visiting local vineyards.

Education

John Carroll University, Cleveland, OH
B.A. Sociology

Mercyhurst University, Erie, PA
M.S. Administration of Justice

Prior Experience

Boys Town, Newport, RI
Program Consultant – 
Provided leadership and program management to improve the lives of at-risk children, families and communities.

Boys Town, Newport, RI
Development Director – Established partnerships with stakeholders, community leaders, foundation and corporations to create and executive a fund development plan.

Chris Worley

Chris Worley

Implementation Strategist

Fourth Economy

Chris is a keen listener and active problem solver. He enjoys asking questions that lead to aha moments. Chris helps clients respond to complex challenges by using data to frame the problem and drive decision making. While engaged in projects that empower clients to build better communities and stronger economies, he develops realistic recommendations that can be easily understood and readily implemented. Outside of work, Chris likes playing basketball, traveling, and hiking around Pittsburgh with his dog.

Education

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
John Heinz III College of Information Systems and Public Policy
Master of Information Systems Management

University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
B.A., Environmental Studies

Prior Experience

Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, Harrisburg, PA
Managed client communication, guided data gathering and analysis, and presented policy and training recommendations to reduce workplace injury rates in Pennsylvania.

Deloitte Foundation | Remaking Cities Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
Conducted benchmarking interviews with cities and planning firms, and consulted with the Pittsburgh Department of City Planning to examine the use of 3D and data analysis technology in civic planning.

Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County, Bloomington, IN
Built volunteer leadership capacity by implementing online training programs, completed by 750+ volunteers, to fulfill the affordable housing mission of Habitat for Humanity.

Emilie Yonan

Emilie Yonan

Resilience Strategist

Fourth Economy

Emilie is an engaged and organized analyst who is always eager to learn the nuances of clients’ various topics, projects, and histories of clients. She loves creating a baseline understanding of the issues facing clients and discussing the possible solutions and outcomes moving forward. Her passion for resilient cities and regions drives her to think critically and consider the short and long term impacts of solutions. Outside of work, Emilie enjoys watching (almost) any sport, baking, and exploring new restaurants and breweries.

Education

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning
Master of Urban and Regional Planning

Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
B.A. Economics and Marketing

Prior Experience

Nighttime Economy, City of Pittsburgh
Analyzed ordinances for the City of Pittsburgh to accommodate our “Sociable” economy goals such as parking enhancement districts, food trucks, and outdoor seating/events for businesses

 

Olympic Infrastructure, Ann Arbor, MI
Researched funding and reuse of Summer and Winter Olympic venues for her Dr. Judith Grant Long’s forthcoming books

City of Harper Woods, Harper Woods, MI
Worked with the City of Harper Woods on a master’s project to revitalize Kelly Road through economic placemaking and cross-jurisdictional coordination with the City of Detroit

Fall 2018 Interns

Kara McFadden – Research Associate
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA)
Masters in Public Administration, Public Policy Research and Analysis

Jamie Parke – Research Associate
Penn State University – Worldwide Campus
Masters in Community and Economic Development

Melody Ting – Design & Communications Associate
Carnegie Mellon University
B.A. in Cognitive Science & Art, Minor in Human-Computer Interaction Minor in Animation & Special Effects