About Us

E. Holdings, Inc. is a MBE-certified corporation based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with expertise in public relations, communications strategies, urban planning, master planning, commercial/residential development, and professional engineering services. With more than 75 years of combined experience, the E. Holdings, Inc. staff has participated in some of our region’s most celebrated development, transportation, planning, and public works projects.

Our expertise in connecting people and place comes from our experience. Our team is constructed of industry professionals with a broad range of talents. This unique mix allows us to tackle projects that involve complex strategies covering multiple disciplines. We are experienced strategists, able to identify high-impact programs, efforts, and individuals within communities, and incorporate their voices and perspectives in ways that are authentic and powerful.

Our firm creates and implements effective planning and engagement programs with a focus on servicing clients in the non-profit, community, and governmental sectors. We have maintained a steadfast commitment to people through the use of public involvement in our practices. We believe in ensuring that the public is efficiently and meaningfully engaged in projects impacting their local and regional communities. Our team understands and appreciates how people connect with their community and we are passionate about creating meaningful and sustainable change at the community level.


Our History

E. Holdings, Inc.’s commitment to leaving Pittsburgh better than we left it has fueled our founder, Irvin Williams’, work redeveloping the neighborhoods of Pittsburgh in which he lives and works.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam ullamcorper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo velit luptatum zzril delenit 

Connecting To People

Community is the CORE of what we do. Our robust communications and planning departments engage and educate residents and stakeholders throughout our planning process to ensure each and every final plan is equitable, implementable, and reflects THEIR vision and hopes for the future of the community.

Connecting to Place

No plan starts from scratch. At E. Holdings, Inc. our GIS, data management, and built environment team utilizes the latest software and techniques to gather and analyze all relevant data. We create maps and graphics that can tell the story of a place, its history, and current conditions so that we can create a strategy for their future.

Connecting to The Future

Planning only goes so far. We work to energize and empower communities to take an active role in their communities. Without community buy-in no plan can really take off. It takes equal parts good planning, neighborhood customization, and community input to ensure that a plan truly makes an impact.

What our clients say about us

Dave Broniecki
Data Engineer, Associate Project Manager

Dave is a NASSCO certified Mechanical Engineer. Specializing in retrieving and analyzing data from various sources to support condition assessment and capital improvement planning activities. Utilizing data to coordinate and track progress on key organizational performance indicators, he assists stakeholders in making decisions related to strategic planning. He has been integral in establishing data management programs essential for planning the future repair and management of large-scale sewer networks.  David works with clients to develop training programs and SOPs that address current maintenance needs and future Capital Improvement Planning.

Contact: dave.broniecki@eholdingsinc.com

Christine Barton, PE, PLS
Project Engineer

Christine Barton is a registered civil engineer and land surveyor with expert experience in site design, land development, water resources design for civil/site projects including layouts, utility plans, and permitting, and coordination/management of field survey work.  She has successfully held positions as project manager, project designer, and office manager to serve the needs of the clients within the residential, commercial, military, industrial, and healthcare industries. Core proficiencies include coordination with local land development planning agencies, county conservation districts, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and the  Pennsylvania Department of Environment.

Contact: christine.barton@eholdingsinc.com

Irvin Williams, President

As the President and founder of E. Holdings, Irvin is currently focused on the company’s succession, strategic growth, and development. He has both a professional and personal interest in Pittsburgh’s success.  A Pittsburgh native and founder of several development companies, he has an extensive understanding of finance and business, which are vital to the success of this company. He has served in numerous management positions including financial advisor, senior vice president, project manager, general contractor, developer, and construction manager. Active in the local community, he made the decision to dedicate his expertise to rebuilding economically sustainable communities with the approval of their existing residents. In 1996, he and his wife became the first African Americans in Western Pennsylvania to develop and own a commercial office building, Williams Square. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with an AAS in Mathematics.

Contact: irvin.williams@eholdingsinc.com | 412-434-6290

Amy Wiles, AICP
Manager of Planning & Design

Amy’s professional experience crosses a variety of disciplines, ranging from county and multi-municipal comprehensive plans and land use ordinances (zoning and subdivision and land development) to specialized planning studies, such as wayfinding master plans and parks, recreation, trails and greenways plans. She has been employed by E. Holdings for two years and has 20 years of professional experience.

Contact: amy.wiles@eholdingsinc.com | 724-448-0286

Alexis Meier, MPP
Director of Communications

Alexis is the Director of Communications at E. Holdings. There she has worked as the Municipal Coordinator for an in-depth municipal assessment project for the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN). She oversees all of E. Holding’s public relations and public outreach efforts. She also brings experience as a Government Affairs Manager for Duane Morris Government Strategies. She worked on community development projects and developing and executing government relations strategies as well as fundraising efforts. She has also spent time navigating our political system in Washington D.C. as the Legislative Staff Assistant for U.S. Senator Rick Santorum. Her understanding of legislation and politics gives her a unique viewpoint when collaborating on civic projects. 

Contact: alexis.meier@eholdingsinc.com | 412-656-8850

Janai Williams Smith, MCP
Managing Director and EVP

Janai Smith is the Managing Director and Principal of E. Holdings, Inc. Janai is a versatile, goal-oriented Program Manager with 20+ years of experience supporting the strategic direction of large-scale programs, setting budgets and managing risks while achieving overall company goals and exceeding customer expectations. As a planner and economist, Janai has been involved in a diverse array of projects, among them master plans, urban revitalization plan, visioning studies, brownfield and infill redevelopment projects, strategic planning and infrastructure improvement programs.

Janai’s interest in urban planning, design and infrastructure programs is rooted in a passion for the creation of sustainable communities that deliver equity in planning and implementation by making connections with people and their built environment. Her affinity for complex problem-solving can be seen in the diverse array of projects in which she’s been engaged from revitalization plans for depressed urban neighborhoods to brand new communities and programs. Leading a process-oriented, multidisciplinary team, Janai’s dedication to achieving consensus in her client’s goals and stakeholders’ vision has made a significant contribution to the successful development of numerous projects. 

Contact: janai.smith@eholdingsinc.com | 412-728-5726