Markese Long, former football star and 2005 graduate of Greensville County High School, recently became a member of the prestigious Pittsburgh Courier FAB 40 Class of 2019.
For past several years the Pittsburgh Courier has selected 40 African Americans having successful careers and making a significant positive impact in the community they serve. Nominees come from a variety of backgrounds, including politicians, entrepreneurs, artists, teachers, coaches and non-profit agencies.
Long is currently the Neighborhood Innovation Manager for Partner4Work in the city of Pittsburgh. Among his many duties, building relationships with community partners and businesses is a major key to his success. Presently he is assisting in developing an industry coordination council that will work with individuals to increase and improve employable skills.
If asked, Long would probably say two of his major accomplishments as Innovational Manager for Partner4Work would be increasing community engagement with the public workforce development system and working with a team of professionals that developed a workforce pilot program in the Pittsburgh Hazelwood neighborhood.
Prior to his current employment, Long worked for the Allegheny Department of Human Services and several Pittsburgh area non-profits.
In addition to all his job duties Long still finds time to volunteer in his community. He served two years on the Board of Directors for Assembly Pittsburgh. A. P. is a nonprofit arts and technology agency that serves people of all ages in the Garfield community of Pittsburgh. Long volunteered for Youthworks Mentors, a program of Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania, that matches youth with career mentors. Long also coached for the Morningside Baseball Association and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of Landforce, a nonprofit working with individuals facing employment barriers, training them in the area of land restoration and management work that will improve green space in the community.
Long received his Bachelor of Science from Saint Augustine College, Raleigh, N.C. and Master of Art in Organizational Leadership from Point Park University in Pittsburgh.
Long is Married to the former Brittany Rawlings and has two sons Elijah, and Noah, and one daughter Rochelle Sloan. He is the son of Stephanie Long of Emporia and Gardner Richardson of Lynchburg.