Founder & CEO
Eve Picker's world is wrapped around cities and change.
With a background as an architect, city planner, urban designer, real estate developer, community development strategist, publisher, and instigator, Eve has a rich understanding of how cities and urban neighborhoods work - and how they can be revitalized.
Amongst her many urban (ad)ventures, Eve has developed a dozen buildings in blighted neighborhoods, launched a Pittsburgh-focused e-zine called Pop City, and founded and organized a speaker series, cityLIVE!, on city-centric issues. She has taught urban design and participated in Sustainable Design Assessment Teams for the American Institute of Architects in cities from Los Angeles to Springfield, Ohio, helping with urban design and to set a strategic course for downtowns and housing developments. Eve has strategized about how to encourage residential development of vacant upper floors in downtown Pittsburgh. And with cityLAB, she has instigated bottom-up projects like the "6% Place," the "Garfield Night Market" and a "Tiny House."
Now Eve has launched - and leads - Small Change, a real estate equity crowdfunding portal to help fund transformational real estate projects. Small Change connects every day investors with developers to help them build projects that make cities better, and provides investment opportunities for everyone who cares about cities and wants to see positive change.
Visit Eve's website to subscribe to her podcast series "Real Estate Impact Investing" and to check out her completed projects.
Josh McManus is founder of For-Purpose, a public benefit corporation working to reimagine American capitalism. Josh is known for turning big ideas into pragmatic action. He brings the best of both for-profit and non-profit solutions to help businesses thrive while building a better world, using his experience working with the C-suites of many of the country’s most significant organizations, including Ford Motor Company, Quicken Loans, United Way, and the Knight Foundation. His projects range from reorganizing a family of 150 companies to stop the population loss in Detroit, to instigating an entrepreneurial ecosystem that helped transform Chattanooga into one of the country’s most innovative and fast-growing cities.
Dutch has led a life of creative endeavors. Currently, he is president and CEO of MAYA Design, a leading technology design and innovation lab, where he manages MAYA’s unique culture, preserving the curiosity, engagement, and passion that drives employee happiness and client successes. MAYA has been selected as a "Top Small Company to Work For in America" by Inc. Magazine, Fortune Small Business, and Entrepreneur Magazine. In addition, MAYA has created three spin-off companies during Dutch’s tenure: Rhiza Labs, spun out in 2008, LUMA Institute, in 2010, and Agency of Trillions (AoT) in 2014. Dutch spearheaded the company’s recent move to downtown Pittsburgh, where their new offices have received design awards from the Pittsburgh chapters of the American Institute of Architects and the Master Builders’ Association.
Prior to joining MAYA, Dutch practiced architecture for more than 17 years, and was most recently vice president at EDGE Studio, one of the Pittsburgh region’s most respected and creative architectural practices. Along the way, he became fascinated with the impact of pervasive computing on the built environment, and how a world saturated with computing must also be saturated with good design. He has been using design thinking to help address these challenges for people, organizations, and communities ever since.
Dutch currently serves as the immediate past president of the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and serves on the governance board of America Makes.
Mark Roderick has spent more than 30 years representing entrepreneurs and their businesses. Expanding on his in-depth knowledge of capital raising and securities law, Mark is one of the leading crowdfunding lawyers in the United States and is spearheading Flaster/Greenberg PC's crowdfunding practice.
Mark developed and moderates a seminar series for entrepreneurs co- sponsored by the Rutgers-Camden Business Incubator, the Burlington County College High Technology Small Business Incubator, and the Rutgers-Camden Small Business Development Center. In this series, Mark and other panelists guide the entrepreneur through key legal aspects of business development and growth.
Mark also maintains the popular crowdfunding blog, crowdfundattny.com, and speaks regularly at crowdfunding events across the country.