Years Lived in Pittsburgh: 15
Current Neighborhood: Perry Hilltop (North Side)
How Do You Spend Most of Your Days: Making sure our three herds of goats are doing well, hanging out with my boys, reading about and watching football (soccer) matches and doing what I can to make our world a kinder place.
Favorite "Hidden Gem" of Pittsburgh: Ballfield Farm, an all volunteer community farm, and the woods that surround it.
SL: What makes you laugh the most?
Gavin: Our family has been watching old Full House episodes together, and my brother recently shared a mockup video called Full House of Mustaches, where the creator imposed Nick Offerman's face on every character in the opening theme and credits of the old sitcom. Our whole family was cracking up; I don't know the last time I laughed so hard watching that little minute-long gem.
SL: Tell us about someone you really admire.
Gavin: My wife, Joanna, is an incredible human being. Her desire to ensure those around her are valued is second to none. She is the ED of two community development corporations in Pittsburgh's North Side and works tirelessly to dignify and empower her neighbors and constituents, asking difficult questions of herself and her colleagues in an effort to always do the right thing for the neighborhood and its residents. She is also an amazing mother who does everything she can to ensure our boys know they are loved and seen. Joanna is a great partner that has motivated me (and us) to do things that I know could not have been accomplished without her.
SL: What’s your favorite quote?
Gavin: Favorite "quote" is Wendell Berry's poem, The Mad Farmer Liberation Front. I love the depth and breadth of the words imploring the reader to live into a life full of meaning and vibrancy, not only for today, but for many years beyond our lifetime ("Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias. Say that your main crop is the forest that you did not plant, that you will not live to harvest.") The poem, to me, is summed up in the last line: "Practice Resurrection."
Thanks for taking the time to chat with us, Gavin! Street Lark is thrilled to have you as a community partner and experience host.
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