NELSON COOPER IV

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Nelson is an Assistant Vice President at the PNC Financial Services Group within the Corporate & Institutional Banking (C&IB) line of business. Specifically, Nelson works in Regional Credit Products Group and provides strategic financial and credit analysis for PNC's Financial Institutions (FIG) and Professional Sports Finance verticals.

 

Nelson has a strong foundation in diversity & inclusion, non-profit board service, and youth development. At PNC, Nelson has held several leadership roles in Diversity & Inclusion initiatives including Co-Founding and managing the Women Connect Employee Business Resource Group (EBRG) Male Ambassador Program and serving as the Vice-President of the African American EBRG for two years. In the Greater Pittsburgh Community, Nelson currently serves on the Board of Fund for Advancement of Minorities through Education (FAME) and PUMP, in addition to the young professional Board for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

 

Nelson has been actively involved in the game of baseball his entire life, playing collegiate ball at North Carolina Central University (NCAA Division 1 - HBCU) and started his coaching career shortly after finishing college. For the past few years he has served as the 18U Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) Program and in 2019 began working as a volunteer assistant at California University of Pennsylvania (NCAA D2).

 
Nelson has been honored for his work in the community by several organizations including The Incline Magazine ("Who's Next Pittsburgh" 40 under 40 Community Leaders and Social Activists), the Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (Outstanding Policy & Advocacy Award) and Get Involved! (2019 Pittsburgh Male Emerging Leader of the Year).

Nelson was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and completed his undergraduate degree at North Carolina Central University, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance).

BRIAN JACOBSON

Co-Founder & President

During the day, Brian works for a Fortune 500 global technology company in the field of Network Planning & Engineering, designing custom fiber optic networks across the Northeastern US & Canada.   Brian is a lifelong Pittsburgher, growing up on the City's East End, a product of the Pittsburgh Public Schools (Peabody Highlander for life!) and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh's School of Information Sciences.  Brian has been with his amazing wife, Amy, for over 27 wonderful years and is a proud father of six sons.

 

Brian has consistently been a passionate advocate for inclusive, diverse and equitable athletic programming for many years, specifically in the inner-city of Pittsburgh and surrounding communities.  Brian has been involved in coaching and providing baseball & softball programming for over 25 years for players ranging from 8 years of age through college.  Brian has coached countless community-based teams in the Citisports League (formerly, the City of Pittsburgh’s B.I.G. League), Allderdice High School and founded the Pittsburgh East Baseball “show up & play” program, among several others.

Brian is also the current Program Director for the Pittsburgh Pirates Reviving Baseball & Softball in Inner Cities (RBI) Program through a partnership between Major League Baseball, the Pirates Charities and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western PA.   After Brian’s first year serving as the program’s leader, in 2018, he was successful in facilitating a partnership with the City of Pittsburgh’s Parks & Recreation Department to finally create a formal RBI league for the first time since our RBI program was founded in Pittsburgh in 1994.  The goal is to continue to grow participation, inclusion and diversity in baseball and softball throughout the City of Pittsburgh and beyond.  The Pittsburgh Pirates RBI program currently serves ~1,400 youth.

Although Brian routinely directs the spotlight away from himself and toward the mission of the programs in which he is involved - he has been honored with many awards over the years, including the recent Dr. Tom Baker Memorial Community Leader Award at the 2019 Get Involved Inc’s Service Summit.   Brian’s biggest reward is not personal recognition, but rather to see when the young people he impacts are on a path of success...

 

ADVISORY COUNCIL

 

COUNCILMAN TOM BAKER 

Chief Community Affairs Officer - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh

CHRISTOPHER BROWN

AVP, Diversity Specialist - PNC Financial Services Group

LINDSEY WALL

Branch Director, Estelle S. Campbell Clubhouse - Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania

SEAN GIBSON

Executive Director - Josh Gibson Foundation

THERESA SCIULLI

Insurance Authorization Specialist  - UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh; 

Student Athlete Parent - Pittsburgh Hardball Academy 

SHEILA I VÉLEZ MARTÍNEZ 

Director of Clinical Programs and the Immigration Law Clinic - University of Pittsburgh;

Student Athlete Parent - Pittsburgh Hardball Academy 

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