Markese Long has over 10 years of experience in the non-profit sector. In 2009 he moved to Pittsburgh with a goal to start a non-profit working with young adults. adults. He has held several non-profit positions within Allegheny County and served on a few Board of Directors. Currently, Markese is the Director of Outreach and Inclusion at Partner4Work (P4W). Markese has been a key member of the P4W, since 2015 started as a member of the Learn and Earn Summer Youth Employment program team and quickly advancing within the organization and became Program Coordinator for the WIOA Year-Round Young Adult program team. That soon lead to him become the Program Director for Workforce Development with Youthplaces. In 2017, Markese came back to P4W to lead a Neighborhood-Based Initiative that ensured that the Pittsburgh community can take advantage of P4W resources. Markese obtained his Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Point Park University and a Bachelor of Science in Human Performance and Wellness from Saint Augustine’s University. In 2019, he received the Fab 40 award from the Pittsburgh Courier. In his spare time, Markese gives back to the community by volunteering as a baseball coach and serving on a couple of organizations' boards of Directors. His life goals are to simply be a great father to his children, a connector of community, and an agent of change.
What was your first job?
My first job was at the YMCA as a camp assistant and daycare room.
What would you tell your teenage self?
I would tell my teenage self to try out different things, don’t get frustrated when things don’t go your way, and continue to believe in your own abilities.
Is workforce the career you envisioned in college or high school? Why or why not?
No, I had no idea what workforce development was until 2015. However, workforce development has allowed me to truly make a lasting impact in my community.