Lisa Schroeder is president and CEO of Riverlife. Her nonprofit organization, founded in 1999 as the Riverlife Task Force, has been the engine for the transformation, creating the award-winning vision for the redesign of the riverfront and pushing new projects.

“What was most important for Pittsburgh was greening the riverfront, connecting [the rivers] to neighborhoods, making the waterfront the front door and lining rivers with spectacular architecture that presented the best of Pittsburgh to the world,” explains Schroeder.

Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...