Bill Generett Pro Bono Counsel

Bill Generett serves as the Vice President for Community Engagement at Duquesne University. In this role, he provides leadership in support of the University’s mission of service and its commitment to the city of Pittsburgh, Western Pennsylvania, the nation and Duquesne’s outreach to the world.  Bill facilitates and develops relationships with local and national community organizations, governments and civic organizations, strengthening the University’s partnerships with its neighbors and oversees the University’s government affairs function.  Bill most recently served as the inaugural President and CEO of Urban Innovation21, a regional public-private economic development partnership that links successful innovation economy clusters with the needs and assets  of underserved, inner city communities to produce local, living and sustainable economies. Under Bill’s leadership, Urban Innovation21 has been recognized nationally for its work to connect Pittsburgh’s underserved communities and their residents to the greater metropolitan Pittsburgh region’s most successful innovation ecosystems.

Bill has a lifelong commitment to rectifying America’s embedded structural inequalities of wealth aggregation, mobility and opportunity that he shares with MAPA Group’s founder, serving as Pro Bono Counsel for MAPA’s nonprofit initiatives as well as being a fellow co-founder with Michael Peck and others of 1worker1vote.org.

A Pittsburgh native, Bill has served as an entrepreneur, nonprofit executive, corporate executive, attorney and teacher.  Bill is a graduate of Emory University School of Law and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College. For several years he practiced corporate and real estate law with an Atlanta, Georgia law firm. Currently, Bill is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the state of Georgia. He is a very active member of the community where he serves and through several nonprofit boards and advisory committees including the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Mercy Health Systems, Pittsburgh Economic and Industrial Development Corporation, Innovation Works, The Heinz Endowments African American Male Initiative and the Business Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland to name a few. In 2014, Bill was appointed by President Barack Obama to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  In 2016, he was selected as a BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) fellow. In 2017,  Bill was awarded an honorary doctorate from Carlow University.

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