William Generett

VP of Community Engagement, Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA

Accelerate Collaboration, Prioritize Equity

Bill connects entrepreneurs in under-resourced Pittsburgh communities to that city’s growing technology and innovation economy.

Bill is the inaugural president and CEO of Urban Innovation21, a regional public-private 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. A Pittsburgh native, Bill was the founder and president of a non-medical homecare company, ComForcare Senior Services Allegheny County, where he managed forty employees who provided services to hundreds of clients throughout Allegheny County. Bill served as the Vice President of legal staffing and recruiting for one of the nation’s largest legal staffing agencies, Compliance Inc. Bill is a graduate of Emory University School of Law and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College.


  • Overseeing a Public-Private Partnership that is creating an ecosystem of resources that support the growth and sustainability of community-based businesses in under-served areas.
  • Developed and is implementing an “inclusive innovation” and “equitable development” model locally that has been recognized nationally and is being implemented in several cities throughout the U.S.
  • Running one of the country’s most diverse internship programs for local high-growth companies in the innovation sector.
  • Infusion of more than half a million dollars in direct cash and half a million in technical services for Pittsburgh’s under-served businesses to help them either start up or grow.
  • Provided approximately $7 million in direct cash and support for high growth businesses to help grow the region’s innovation economy.