Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation is the founding organization of the entire Energy Innovation Center (EIC) eco-system and is the sole general partner of Energy Innovation Center, LP, which owns, operates, constructs, leases and maintains the entire 6.4 acre campus and all buildings and outside spaces.

The Energy Innovation Center Institute, an independent 501 (c) (3) organization, directs training, education, and common activities on campus.

Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation and the Energy Innovation Center Institute, Inc. work closely through formal collaboration to implement the strategy and tactics of the Energy Innovation Center.

Our Team


Responsible for developing and managing all program activity. Bob completed his PhD in Higher Education Administration, with a specialty in curriculum development and custom job training. In 1998 he founded Gateways after 31 years experience in institutional administration and economic development, including substantial fund raising, strategic planning and partnering experience across 31 US States and seven countries. Over the course of his many projects he has raised over $670 million in funding from federal, state, corporate and philanthropic sources.


Responsible for providing centers of technology and regional businesses with manufacturing-related assistance, project management and staff oversight; project management for all construction related projects, facilities management, leasing activities and program development. Bill joined Gateways with over 24 years of experience as an entrepreneur founding and managing private companies in the Pittsburgh region (MMS, Business Concepts, Vesta Designs, and Prism Fiber Optics); previously had eight years of experience serving as a field supervisor and coordinator of the technical training facility for Dravo Corporation’s Engineering Works Division.


Responsible for developing and managing various programs with a special focus on secondary schools. Jessica also oversee most human resources processes and reviews all legal documents and contracts. In addition, Jessica is an Outreach Director with Pittsburgh Gateways, Inc. the founding organization of the Energy Innovation Center and the Energy Innovation Institute. She has extensive experience in all phases of entrepreneurship – both as a creative entrepreneur and as an experienced advisor and counselor to entrepreneurs across the industry sectors of technology, life sciences, arts/entertainment, environmental and more. She brings additional expertise in legal and regulatory matters with a law degree from the Duke University School of Law, in the funding of ventures with years of work in institutional investing, and in all matters involving human capital and human resources with certificates in coaching, mediation, facilitation and innovative education methods. At the EIC, Jessica oversees all Outreach initiatives, including collaborations with schools and universities, funding organizations, businesses and community organizations.


Responsible for developing and managing the mission strategy and tactics.  Rich is also a founding board member and officer.  He has over thirty years of private equity investing experience in energy and energy technologies, most recently as President and CEO of an energy-focused private equity fund he co-founded.  Prior to that he served as Executive Vice President and COO of the Hillman Energy Group which managed the energy investments of the Hillman Company in Pittsburgh, PA.  Over the last 20 years, Rich has been responsible for investing and managing over $764 million of invested capital and has been involved in and often led the startup activities of dozens of For-Profit companies.  Rich is a frequent lecturer and panelist at universities and conferences on the energy industry.  He also brings considerable public and private education leadership experience and a passion for serving those often left behind.

Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation
Board of Directors

G. Reynolds Clark, Chair (Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff, Retired, University of Pittsburgh)

Dan Leri, Vice-Chair (Director, Innovation Park & Research Commercialization, Penn State University)

Ann Dugan, Audit Committee (Founder and Assistant Dean, Retired, Katz Graduate School of Business, Institute of Entrepreneurial Excellence, University of Pittsburgh, Senior Managing Director at Family Office Exchange)

David Motley, (Blue Tree Venture Fund- Co Founder and General Partner)

Don Evans, (President of LandOpt LLC)

Franco Harris, (Retired NFL, Owner and President, Super Bakery and Parks Sausage Company)

Joshua Pollard, (Omicelo- Founder and CEO)

Michael Kane, (President and Executive Director, Community Foundation for the Alleghenies)

Paul D’Alesandro, (District Director, 14th Congressional District)

Paul Svoboda, Senior Governmental Relations Representative at Duquesne Light Company

Stephen Robinson, Audit Committee (Managing General Partner, Robinson Venture Partners and Founding Partner, Pittsburgh Equity Partners LP)

Tim McNulty, (Associate Vice President of Government Relations, Carnegie Mellon University)



Energy Innovation Center Institute
Board of Directors

Charlie Schliebs, Chairman, Executive Committee (Stone Pier Capital Advisors, LP, NE Petrochemical Summit Chair)

Richard DiClaudio, President & CEO, Executive Committee (President & CEO Energy Innovation Center Institute, Managing Director & CEO Bedford Funds, LP)

Mark Latterner, Treasurer (Market President Citizen Bank (retired), Partner4Work Board Chair, Jubilee Kitchen Board Chair)

W. Craig Esterly, Secretary (Partner SC Asset Group, Co-Owner Carnegie Strategic Design Engineers, LLC, Board Member of Shadyside/Presby Hospitals)

Michael Polite (President Ralph A. Falbo, Inc.)

Tim McNulty (VP for Governmental Relations at Carnegie Mellon University)

JC Pelusi (Director Jones Lang LaSalle)

Stan Thompson (Director of Education Program Heinz Endowments)

Steve Schlotterbeck (President STS Ventures, Retired President & CEO of EQT)