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

Economic Development Strategist

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.

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 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

 

Jamie Reese

Jamie Reese

Top Nerd

Fourth Economy

Jamie works with clients who have a vision but need help with the details, combining practical community development and nonprofit experience with rigorous analytic skill. Drawing from these strengths, Jamie customizes project plans to answer key questions that drive market and impact analysis, strategic planning, feasibility studies, policy analysis, program evaluation, and new program development. She adopts an asset-based approach to framing project deliverables and excels in arming clients with evidence-based arguments to advance their strategies. Jamie keeps a keen eye on emerging social mobility and economic inequality research, believing that the answers to today’s most pressing issues are out there if the right questions are asked. Jamie likes exploring new places and meeting new people and her dog Daisy is her happy accomplice.

Education

University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Pittsburgh, PA
M.P.A.

West Chester University of Pennsylvania, West Chester, PA
B.A., Anthropology

Prior Experience

New Kensington Community Development Corporation, Philadelphia, PA
Community Relations Specialist for a NeighborWorks affiliate and national model for holistic community development.

 

Borough of Wilkinsburg, PA
Provided site-specific vacant property disposition strategies to support ongoing blight remediation and tax base expansion efforts.

Nonprofit & Development Support, Philadelphia, PA
Supported mission-driven and development activities for nonprofit organizations including the YWCA of Chester County, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Save the Children Federation, Inc., and West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Monica Hershberger

Monica Hershberger

Graphic 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 Marketing Guru at Fourth Economy, she will work 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.

 

 

Chris Worley

Chris Worley

Consulting Analyst

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
M.A., 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.