Welcome to

The Partnership for Community Development

Our Mission:

The PCD is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that works to enhance sustainable economic opportunity and community vitality in the village and town of Hamilton and the surrounding areas.

Specifically, we help:

  • Existing businesses and farms thrive.
  • Attract and support new community-minded businesses and talent to our area.
  • Develop attractive, inviting and commercially viable downtown area.
  • Preserve and enhance the small town, rural character of our community, staying authentic to who we are.
  • Foster widespread civic involvement in community development initiatives.
  • Research, solicit, and administer grants and gifts to serve these purposes and leverage the community resources of our Partner organizations.


Following long-range planning efforts in the Town of Hamilton and Village of Hamilton, representatives of the Town, Village and Colgate University met in August 1998 to discuss opportunities for a cooperative project that would revitalize the local economy and enhance the quality of life for area residents.

Attending were the town supervisor, the chair of the town’s long-range planning effort; the mayor of the village; the University’s president, treasurer, communications director, a faculty member with a record of community projects and the consultants who had assisted with the town’s plan. That meeting was the first anyone could remember when Town, Village and Colgate University had convened to explore their common concerns.

Our Team

Jocelyn Gavitt, ASLA

Executive Director,
Secretary of the Board


Jocelyn Gavitt joined the Partnership for Community Development as Executive Director in April 2022.  In this role, she leads community-based planning efforts and the organization as a whole.  A licensed landscape architect with many years of community design and development experience, she brings a holistic view, engaging the community and its partners to bring about positive change.

“Hamilton is a gem in upstate NY with so much opportunity.  And this organization fosters a unique collaboration among the community members, the Village, Town and Colgate University.  We have a great team that is working to make this area the best it can be.”

Laura Caughlan, AICP

Senior Planner


Laura Caughlan has been with the Partnership for Community Development for four years. As the senior planner, she works on grant applications and administration and works with local government and other community groups on community development initiatives. She loves living in Hamilton for its quiet neighborhoods and having everything within walking distance.

“I enjoy the variety in the work I do. I’ve worked on projects involving climate action, zoning, outdoor recreation, economic development, farmland preservation, etc., so I’ve built a lot of different skills since I’ve been here. I also like being able to see the impacts of my work on the community.”

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Mary Galvez

Hub Director


Mary Galvez is the director of The Hub, the center of an entrepreneurial ecosystem that consists of a coworking space at 20 Utica St., a robust variety of programming,and resources that include funding opportunities, mentorship and professional advisors. She appreciates the Hamilton area both for its natural beauty and for its people.

“My favorite thing about working with the PCD and The Hub is getting to work with local businesses – both established and those just starting out. I’m excited to be a part of keeping Hamilton a thriving, desirable place to both live and visit. I also enjoy working very much with my team members at the PCD. They are such intelligent, creative and strong women that it motivates me to be even better at my job.”

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Brigette Barker



Brigette Barker has been the administrator for the Partnership for Community Development since 2019. She manages thousands of dollars of funding coming in and out of the office, ensures grant activities are well-documented and on-schedule, oversees all HR needs for PCD, and interfaces with grantees and donors.

Brigette was born and raised in Lebanon, NY and moved back to the area to be closer to her family after spending 20 years in North Carolina.⁣ When she made the decision to move home to NY, Brigette wanted to be part of an organization that helps local businesses and residents. She’s excited to say that her position as Administrator with PCD allows her to be part of a team that does just that!⁣

Board Members

Our Board’s make-up is intended to reflect PCD’s geographic reach, focus on community vitality, and our ongoing commitment to the collaboration between the Town and Village of Hamilton, Colgate University, and community residents.

Peter Radosta, President

Peter Radosta works as an environmental engineer, serving municipalities with drinking water and wastewater treatment solutions for regulatory compliance and infrastructure improvements. 

“Being involved with PCD is a rewarding way to be engaged in the vitality of our community, and to share personal experiences and skill sets collaboratively with other volunteers and PCD staff.  The Hamilton area breathes everything I revere––outdoor recreation, all-things-local, and the charm of rural living.”

Liam McDevitt

Liam McDevitt is the Executive Director of the Hamilton Initiative LLC

“The PCD board has enabled me to collaborate with enthusiastic community members in order to spur economic growth and development.

I love Hamilton’s small town charm, quaint shops, and picturesque sceneries. It’s a great place to call home!”



Brendan O’Connor

Brendan is a partner/owner of two local food service establishments — Flour and Salt Bakery since 2016 and Martha’s on Madison since 2021.
“PCD has helped my wife and me open, operate, and grow our businesses in Hamilton. The mission of helping to grow the community in a sustainable way is of great importance to me both as a business owner and a general community member. I am proud to help on the board and hope to foster a welcoming business climate and a vibrant, dynamic Hamilton.”

Mary Dinski, Vice President

Mary Dinkski is Deputy Executive Director of the Fiver Children’s Foundation as well as a Hamilton Town Council Member.

“Growing up in Hamilton has helped me to recognize and appreciate the importance of a strong community. Serving on the PCD board allows me to support and help strengthen a community that has given so much to me over the years.”


Michael Sciola

Michael Sciola serves as Senior Advancement Director for Career Initiatives at Colgate University

“Serving on the Board of Directors for the PCD allows me an opportunity to engage with community leaders, business owners, and educators and administrators for the purpose of improving and expanding the economic vitality of Hamilton, NY.  As a board member, my role is to advise the amazing professional staff and to advocate for continued dialogue among the partner organizations.  I am proud of the vitality of Hamilton, NY and the impact of the PCD on the quality of life of my fellow residents and visitors.”

Matt Crumb, Treasurer

Matt Crumb is the Business Manager of Hamilton CSD
“Sustainable economic development opportunites are vital for a small community like ours. Serving on the PCD board has afforded me the opportunity to work with great people, representative of various stakeholder groups, with a shared common goal of a vibrant community.”

Rachel Amann-Burns

Rachel Amann serves as Program Coordinator for the LifeLong Learning Program and HCS Foreign Language Program at the Upstate Institute at Colgate University.

She loves this area for its wide-open spaces, its peace, and the opportunities for engagement.

Lindsay LaRuffa

Russ Lura, Village Representative

Russ Lura is currently retired, after serving as the Madison County Planning Director for 22 years and as assistant to the Chairman of the Madison County Board of Supervisors and budget officer for 3 years. He has been on the Village of Hamilton Board of Trustees for 10 years.


Clay Skinner

Clay Skinner is a restaurateur in the village of Hamilton.

The office of the PCD was very helpful to us as we sought to establish the Hamilton Eatery. We have been fortunate to benefit from the guidance, contacts and assistance from the PCD and it’s network (Madison county IDA, Mohawk Valley SBDC, etc). I am thankful to serve now on the board and to get to be part of helping others.”

Joanne Borfitz, Colgate Representative

Joanne Borfitz is the Associate Vice President for Community Affairs and Auxiliary Services in Colgate’s Department of Community Affairs. She has helped facilitate many discussions between the university and the Hamilton community.