Meet Our Founder
Will Allen began his professional career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he quickly became a leader on and off the field. Aside from playing the game of football he also possessed a great passion to be a leader in the community and was inspired to give back and make a difference. Allen always felt it was his designed purpose to help provide tools and resources to Educate + Influence + Empower those in his surrounding community. Being afforded so much and having wonderful mentors in his life, Allen was fervent to “pay it forward”.
As a 12 year NFL veteran most recently with Pittsburgh Steelers, Allen is convicted in strengthening his community and helping to build hope. He is very enthusiastic in encouraging others to take his same stance in helping their respective communities. You can frequently find him sharing creative ideas at community round table forums, speaking at corporate events or elementary schools or inspiring his teammates to give back. During the offseason Allen also enjoys the game of golf and continuing his education through various NFL programs. Throughout his career Allen has attended the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneur programs at Harvard Business School and Kellogg School of Business. Allen recently completed the NFLPA externship with an energy and utility company National Grid, energy consultants and with United States House of Representatives, Congressman Bobby Rush on the Energy and Power subcommittee and is a Managing Partner at Nascent Group Holdings.
Meet Our Executive Director
Julius serves as Executive Director with the Will Allen Foundation. He’s a Board, Development and Program Committee Member with the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh. Julius also volunteers for Pitt’s Young Alumni Advisory Team.
▪2018 Vision Towards Peace Entrepreneur Award
▪2018 NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania Dick Jevon Advocacy Award [Nominee]
▪2018 NAACP [Pittsburgh Branch] Young Person of the Year
▪2018 Get Involved!, Inc. Dr. Tom Baker Community Leader
▪2018 Allegheny County Council Proclamation
▪2018 Pittsburgh City Council Proclamation
▪2018 Thomas Merton Center New Person of the Year [Nominee]
▪2017 Pittsburgh Magazine/PUMP 40 Under 40
▪2017 BMe Community Genius
▪2017 Pitt School of Social Work Distinguished Alumni Rising Star
▪2017 The Incline Community Leader and Activist
▪2017 PEAL Center of Pittsburgh Emerging Grassroots Leader
▪2017 Allegheny County Council Proclamation
▪2016 Pittsburgh Public Schools We Promise Champion
▪2016 Coro MLK, Jr. Distinguished Individual Leader [Nominee]
Julius obtained his Master of Social Work degree with a Certificate in Human Services Management from the University of Pittsburgh. He attained a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Pitt.
Meet Our Board
Jenell R. Ross earned her bachelors degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She completed the General Motors Dealer Management Development Program, and also graduated from the National Automobile Dealers Association Dealer Candidate Academy.View profile
Dan Steinberg, has spent the past 25 years in public relations, either as a PR practitioner, university instructor, or both simultaneously. Steinberg first began teaching at the University of Oregon, taught strategic communication courses at The Ohio State University and now teaches public relations courses at Otterbein University.View profile
Damon Bethea joined the United Way of Allegheny County in 2010 as the Mentoring Project Director for the award-winning Be A Middle School Mentor program (a career-focused mentoring program serving over 400 middle school students in 14 Pittsburgh Public Schools).View profile
Pastor and Professional Sports Chaplain, Chad M. Johnson has both seen and experienced the many challenges that life can bring. People are his passion! And communicating the Truth of God’s Word to them is where he thrives.View profile