Nello Giorgetti brings more than 30 years of government, public affairs and public policy experience to Cohen & Grigsby Public Affairs. His extensive career has included positions as Intergovernmental Affairs Director under Pittsburgh Mayor Sophie Masloff’s administration, Deputy Register of Wills of Allegheny County, Chief of Staff to State Senator Jay Costa, now the Minority Leader of the Pennsylvania State Senate, and as a Staff Assistant and Campaign Manager of United States Congressman Doug Walgren.
Nello’s broad portfolio of successes demonstrates his keen ability to influence agendas and effect public policy change. He was directly involved in the acquisition of a new multi-purpose arena for the Pittsburgh Penguins; the fiscal bailout of the City of Pittsburgh in 2004; the establishment of a dedicated funding stream for the Pittsburgh Symphony; and working on behalf of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, the creation of landmark energy acquisition legislation in Pennsylvania.
Since he co-founded the Public Affairs Practice at Cohen & Grigsby in 2011, Nello developed the strategy and tactical implementation that provided clients with multi-millions of dollars in state funding and grants. Among the clients that received this funding are: Bakery Square 2.0 in the East Liberty section of Pittsburgh, Schenley Place Office Building in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, and the Cranberry Wood mulit-use development in Cranberry, Pennsylvania.
Nello was also an integral part of the team on behalf of the greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce that worked for the passage of the landmark State Transportation bill in the Fall of 2013. He also helped secure additional funding for early childhood pre-K in the fiscal 2014-15 budget, the first increase in 3 years.
Nello received a J.D. from Duquesne University’s School of Law in 1990 and a B.A. in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1979. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute of Politics where he also runs the Institute’s internship program.