Bill Generett President + CEO, Urban Innovation21

Bill Generett, is 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 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 underserved communities and their residents to the greater Pittsburgh region’s most successful innovation ecosystems. He is also a partner in the MAPA Group, a DC based international consulting firm.

A Pittsburgh native, Bill has served as an entrepreneur, nonprofit executive, corporate executive, attorney, teacher and consultant. He was the founder and president of a non-medical homecare company, ComForcare Senior Services Allegheny County (ComForcare). In 2024 Bill sold Comforcare and it is now one of the largest home care companies of its kind in the state of Pennsylvania. Bill served as the Vice President of legal staffing and recruiting for one of the nation’s largest legal staffing agencies, Compliance Inc., in the Washington D.C. area. William also taught English for one year in Japan through the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program.

Mr. Generett is a graduate of Emory University School of Law and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College. 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 on several nonprofit boards and advisory committees including the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the City of Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority Pittsburgh Economic Industrial Development Corporation, Innovation Works, Neighborhood Allies, The Heinz Endowments African American Male Initiative Advisory Committee, the Business Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and is a founding member of 1worker1vote. In 2024, he was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Pritzker to serve on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Panel: What’s Innovative + Inclusive Economic Growth?
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