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The Team


The Team


Kevin Wright

Kevin has been Executive Director of the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation (WHRF) since 2011 where he has helped the organization develop a new brand and mission and grow from a staff of one contracted employee to five full-time employees and several interns. Kevin has led teams in the creation and implementation of dozens of projects ranging from small creative placemaking activities to multi-million dollar real estate deals. Kevin earned a Bachelor's degree in journalism from Missouri State University and received a Master's Degree in Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati with a specialization in urban real estate and neighborhood development. 


Joe Nickol

Joe leads urban design and development strategy efforts as a Senior Associate for Columbus-based MKSK. His focus is on the regeneration of our towns, cities, and neighborhoods and using the lessons of those places to inform the design of new districts and towns that are inherently highly adaptable and resilient. Joe graduated from the University of Notre Dame, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture.

Our Partners

People's Liberty

People’s Liberty is a philanthropic lab that brings together civic-minded talent to address challenges and uncover opportunities to accelerate the positive transformation of Greater Cincinnati. People’s Liberty invests directly in individuals through funding and mentorship, creating a new, replicable model for grantmakers in other cities.



BLDG is a creative refuge that fosters the inspirational, the visionary and the uncommon. Where copious creatives challenge the norm, stand on the ceiling, change what’s possible. Transformation is inevitable, ordinary is unacceptable. Enter the front door. Play on every floor. Leave different. Let’s create.