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.
Communications & Outreach
Ben Schulman serves as the director of communications and outreach for Small Change, one of many ventures he engages in to communicate the value of design and cities.
Ben is a writer on urban planning, policy and architecture, whose work has appeared in ARCHITECT, Belt, ICON, Metropolis, MIC, New Geography, Streetsblog, and as a contributor to The Urbanophile, among others. He served as the editor of the Design section of Newcity Chicago, and Chicago Architect magazine, while also co-hosting the architecture, urbanism and design podcast, "A Lot You Got to Holler."
Previously, Ben served as the communications director for the Chicago chapter of The American Institute of Architects and as communications director for the urban think-tank, the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU). He’s presented at The World Association of Public Opinion Research, the Great Books Foundation and the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, and lectured for Planetizen Courses, the educational platform for the premier urban planning news website.
When not writing about cities, Ben helps head the Contraphonic Sound Series, an attempt to document cities through sound.
Nathanael, mostly known as Nate, brings a passion for problem solving to every project he takes on. With more than a decade and a half of experience tackling complex problems and managing large-scale projects at companies large and small, Nate is poised to help Small Change innovate internally, expand operationally, and explore new ways to make cities better.
Saddled with a degree in literary criticism (bolstered by a heavy dose of theater), Nate began his professional life where any good liberal arts major does: at a reception desk answering phones. But the skills and techniques learned and refined during the course of that liberal arts education enabled him to navigate a highly successful career in technology, stepping out from behind that receptionist desk first into the technical writer’s office and eventually into the conference room. Nate has been leading collaborative design and development efforts for globally-distributed, enterprise-wide software applications and corresponding business processes for the last 15 years.
But Nate’s not all business. Over that time, he has continued to indulge his separate passions for writing and performing. He has written and directed film and theater, and performed poetry at local, regional, and national festivals and events. Occasionally, he can be seen and heard at The Moth Story Slam competitions, and lately he’s been sneaking out to play original music at local spots in Pittsburgh.
Lou is the President and co-founder of fivestar, our technology partner. As fivestar*s President, Lou seems to effortlessly drive company performance and lead business development and client retention efforts. He is involved in higher education and workforce projects and impressively serves on multiple non-profit boards, including the Pittsburgh Entrepreneur’s Forum, Social Venture Partners Pittsburgh, Red Chair Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh Community Television. He is also a mock interviewer for the Semper Fi Wounded Warriors program. Lou holds a bachelor’s from SUNY at Oswego and in his spare time, likes to spend time with friends and family, volunteer, mentor, read fiction, and is learning to play guitar.
Dave is the CEO, CTO and co-founder of fivestar, our technology partner. Dave sets the strategic direction of fivestar*s award-winning, technology-based business culture. He has a proven track record for identifying how technology can make business more efficient for Fortune 1000 companies, non-profits, and higher education institutions. Keeping everyone and everything on track everyday isn’t all Dave brings to the table. Holding dual bachelor’s degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, he is also a speaker and mentor. Dedicated to serving others, Dave started fivestar* Cares. In his spare time, you can find him either pedaling his bike through town or putting on the entertainer's hat, cooking a great meal and playing cards.
Content and Compliance
Michelle is an artist.
She's spent a large part of her life as a musical artist, playing and teaching the double bass. Her career with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, one of Australia’s leading orchestras, spanned three decades. With the MSO Michelle played all of the major symphonic repertoire and took part in several tours to Europe and Asia. The orchestra also accompanied such artists as Frank Sinatra, Elton John, Stevie Nicks and Roberta Flack.
Her enduring love of cooking led her into the food arts 7 years ago with her food blog, https://michellepicker.wordpress.com/, which she still publishes weekly. Michelle also spent a few years prepping and cooking for a busy Melbourne café, Fordham's Milk Bar.
Now she's lending her artistry to content (and special projects) at Small Change, where she enjoys the variety and creativity of the work and the passion of the team.
Peg Hill is the owner of Adjusting Entries which she founded in 1990. Adjusting Entries manages bookkeeping, tax, and other financial matters for Small Change.
Adjusting Entries offers a complete line of accounting services including setting up business accounts, bookkeeping, cost analysis, tax accounting, and payroll. Adjusting Entries utilizes the Profit First method of cash management. Peg’s team one of a select fee nationwide that have received certification as Profit First Professionals, trained to guide business owners and entrepreneurs in maximizing their profits.
Bookkeeping and accounting
Denise Raidna is a bookkeeper and accountant with Adjusting Entries and responsible for managing the books for Small Change and all of its offerings along with additional financial tasks. Denise has many years of experience keeping the books and preparing tax returns and financial reports for multiple companies. Including 7 years as a tax accountant for Alcoa. She has been with Adjusting Entries since 2008.
Adjusting Entries offers a complete line of accounting services including setting up business accounts, bookkeeping, cost analysis, tax accounting, and payroll. Adjusting Entries utilizes the Profit First method of cash management and one of a select fee nationwide that have received certification as Profit First Professionals, trained to guide business owners and entrepreneurs in maximizing their profits.
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.
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.
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.