Our Team

City Directors

Nathan Pitzer

Nathan Pitzer

City Director - San Francisco

Nathan has lived all across the United States, but he considers the rolling green hills of Pennsylvania home. He's a Lancaster County native who went to undergrad at Lehigh University and recently completed his MBA at Carnegie Mellon. While in Pittsburgh, he opened the extension of the Bay Area VC fund Illuminate Ventures, where he learned more about the untapped potential throughout the Pittsburgh region. Nathan currently lives in San Francisco, where he’s utilizing the abundant talent located in other regions across America to grow his own company, find technologies, while providing his insights to others via One America Works.

 

John Racioppi

John Racioppi

City Director - Silicon Valley

John is a serial entrepreneur and seed investor who has helped build and grow seven different startups in Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley. John is currently part of the founding team of Severn Technology, focused on building the next generation of nano-filters. John also serves as an advisor and growth consultant to a number of startups. John has over 30 years of leadership experience in the software, security, and networking arenas and recent experience in a number of consumer-oriented companies including social networking, medical devices, and health and wellness. John has extensive international experience, with particular knowledge of most major Asian markets, and extensive experience in launching the sales and marketing activities of technology startup organizations. John received his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

City Coordinators

Bobby Zappala

Bobby Zappala

City Coordinator - Pittsburgh

Bobby is a Pittsburgh native who returned home in his mid-twenties because he believed Pittsburgh was turning the corner in the ‘00s from a fallback position to a place to pursue exciting opportunities. Fast-forward nearly thirteen years and Bobby has transitioned from a corporate attorney to an entrepreneur who co-founded Ascender, one of Pittsburgh’s premier incubator/coworking operations, and founded Thrival Festival, one of the region’s largest gatherings of innovators and creators. Bobby is currently a Managing Partner of Localize Capital, a new fund structure investing in Pittsburgh-based businesses. One America Works aligns perfectly with Bobby’s belief that cities like Pittsburgh contain immense untapped potential, and that these cities and the talent in them will be critical to the future of technology and innovation.

Board/Advisors

Patrick McKenna

Patrick McKenna

Board

Patrick is an experienced entrepreneur, investor and business leader. He has co-founded, operated as a senior executive and invested in several highly successful technology companies with exits valued over one billion dollars. Patrick is regarded as an expert in tech startups based outside of Silicon Valley. He has invested in more than 30 startups from Pittsburgh to Milwaukee and Portland to Atlanta through HighRidge Venture Partners and co-founded Facet Wealth which is based in Baltimore. He founded One America Works to connect talent, innovation and growth across the country.

 

James Dougherty

James Dougherty

Board

James is an entrepreneur as well as investor and advisor to startups. James went to college at Miami of Ohio and has been connected personally to the midwest ever since. James spent seven years living in China and Germany, where he started two companies. This experience provided James with an inside look at how top U.S. economic competitors leverage all of their talent and share growth benefits. The two companies James built over that seven-year period each led to exits, which led James back to the U.S. in 2015. James is a co-founder at One America Works, connecting talent, innovation and growth across the country.