Regina Koetters is driven to unleash the unrealized potential of the country’s riverfront Rust Belt cities through transportation oriented and strategic redevelopment, and chose Pittsburgh over every other city in the nation to begin her work.  A native of Louisville, Kentucky, she logged ten years of active duty between her studies in naval architecture at the United States Naval Academy and progressive real estate development and business at the University of Michigan. During her naval career, she managed operations of the largest air base in Iraq; led airborne maritime patrol and reconnaissance missions throughout the western hemisphere, and facilitated maritime security and economic development projects in western Africa.  Since relocating to Pittsburgh, she has championed several initiatives for sustainable development projects in downtown Pittsburgh and joined a public-private team endeavoring to bring passenger rail service to the Allegheny Riverfront.