Neil Grbach, a native to the Pittsburgh area, studied Urban Studies and History at the University of Pittsburgh. He was involved in a number of ways on campus, including as the Fundraising Chair for the Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity and an active participant in the Emerging Leaders program. Neil recently completed an internship with the Design Center of Pittsburgh. Neil is passionate about urban planning issues, and is making a positive change in Pittsburgh. He is serving at the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation.
Rachel Wortman: What do you enjoy most about your nonprofit partnership?
Neil Grbach: I enjoy the freedom to explore new ideas and redefine what the position entails. I like the social aspect and nature of my environment. It’s the perfect place for me to concentrate on what is most important; economic development.
Rachel: Describe a typical day at your nonprofit partnership.
Neil: There is no typical day. I do everything from clerical tasks, leading and facilitating new projects, introducing myself to businesses, helping to coordinate events with new partners, and recruiting new businesses to become a part of the Mt. Washington Community.
Rachel: Tell me something you are learning about yourself through PULSE.
Neil: I’m learning how to adapt and build meaningful relationships with a wide variety of people. I’m more confident in my ability to do that now.
Rachel: What is the best part of the PULSE experience?
Neil: The connectedness of the PULSE community both professionally and socially. PULSE connects us to the WHOLE CITY.
Rachel: What surprised you most about Pittsburgh?
Neil: I’ve been surprised by how green the city is. It really goes against the old national perception of the city. The land lends itself to the green revolution. It’s not a typical urban landscape. Rather, it’s surrounded by mountains and rivers. I think this is one of the many reasons that young people are gravitating towards this city.
Story by PULSE Participant Rachel Wortman.
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