Interview with Bill Generett Jr., President and CEO of Urban Innovation 21

By April 3, 2017Leadership Talk

William Generett Jr., Esq. is the inaugural President and CEO of Urban Innovation21. He is responsible for the overall management of the organization’s public private partnership. William’s responsibilities include developing a shared vision for the organization, defining and implementing programs, communicating the organization’s vision and economic model to local, regional and national stakeholders and fundraising. Urban Innovation21 is one of the first US-based nonprofit organizations to work under the “Inclusive Innovation” model. Under Bill’s leadership Urban Innovation21 has been recognized locally and nationally for its work.

A Pittsburgh native, Bill has served as an entrepreneur, nonprofit executive, corporate executive, attorney, teacher and consultant. 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 and serves as a consultant in many venues. He is a partner in the MAPA Group; a DC based international consulting firm.

He is a very active member of the community where he serves on several nonprofit boards and advisory committees including the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Energy Innovation Center, 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, Neighborhood Allies, the Business Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the Advisory Committee member of the University of Pittsburgh, Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law and Public Policy, and the Pre and he is a founding member of In 2014, he was appointed by U.S Secretary of Commerce Pritzker to serve on the U.S. Department of Commerce National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.