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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 is a Relationship Manager in the Pittsburgh Middle Market group, servicing companies between $50 million and $1 billion in revenue. In addition, Nelson serves as the Strategy Lead for Empowerment and Inclusion Capital I, the 1st PNC sponsored Special Purpose Acquisition Company ("SPAC").

I am actively involved in PNC's Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) initiatives and have held various leadership positions in the PNC's Employee Business Resource Groups and the D&I Councils. Currently, I serve as an advisory Board Member for the C&IB Black Colleague Acceleration Initiative and an Emerging Leaders Committee Member of the Black Leaders Forum.
 

Nelson has been actively involved in the game of baseball his entire life, playing collegiate baseball at North Carolina Central University (NCAA Division 1 - HBCU) and starting 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).

 
For his work in the workplace and community, Nelson has been recognized with the following awards:
• 2020 Pittsburgh Circle of Courage Award
• 2020 PNC Market All-Star - Corporate & Institutional Banking
• Junior Achievement Inspiring Success Young Professional Award – Business & Finance Category
• Pittsburgh Male Emerging Leader of the Year – Get Involved! Inc.
• Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network – Outstanding Policy & Advocacy Award
• Who’s Next Pittsburgh: Community Leaders & Social Activists – 40 Under 40 Award Winner


Nelson was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, and completed his undergraduate degree at North Carolina Central University, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Business Administration degree (Finance concentration) while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

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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 ~30 years for players ranging from 8 years of age through college.  Brian has coached countless community-based teams in the RBI 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 previously served as the 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 the RBI program was founded in Pittsburgh in 1994.  During his tenure, the Pittsburgh RBI program had 4 regional championship berths and won the 2021 Mid-Atlantic Junior Regional, earning Pittsburgh its first berth in the RBI World Series, since 2005. The Pittsburgh Pirates RBI program grew from ~200 youth to over 1,400 youth during Brian's tenure. 

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...