Announcement of Executive Director Transition

After a decade of tireless work to further PULSE’s mission and values, Chris Cooke has announced that he will be departing from his role as Executive Director in late Spring of 2020. During his tenure, Chris has been the driving force behind PULSE’s growth and success as an organization. A brief sample of his many accomplishments include:

  • Making PULSE a model nonprofit in the region.
  • Recruiting 255 PULSE fellows.
  • Arranging over 250 partnerships with 150 nonprofit organizations.
  • Expanding the program to include Northside and South Hilltop cohorts.
  • Increasing the PULSE staff from one to six.
  • Being a constant champion of the role of service in the Pittsburgh community and beyond.
  • Facilitating over 450,000 hours of service!

Chris’s vision and leadership will be greatly missed by the staff, board, fellows, alumni, and nonprofit partners alike. We wish him the best of luck in his next chapter, including a well-deserved cross-country road trip with his family.

Over the next several months, the Board will be conducting a thorough search to find PULSE’s next Executive Director. It is our priority to find a dynamic leader with a true passion for PULSE’s mission: To cultivate a community of young servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh. We will share the job announcement soon and ask for your help in identifying candidates who can help PULSE take its next steps. 


Justin Romano, Chair of Executive Director Transition Committee, PULSE Board of Directors


Read current Executive Director Chris Cooke’s reflection on finishing up at PULSE.

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