“I believed in the energy and potential of Pittsburgh. That’s why I stayed.”
Ned Schano is an incredible optimist when it comes toPittsburgh’s future, yet he is immersed in the region’s past like few others. As director of communications for the Heinz History Center and co-director of the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, he spends his days steeped in artifacts such as George Washington’s peace pipe, Mister Rogers’ television set, antique trolleys, and World Series-winning baseballs. Some are part of traveling exhibits, others part of the museums’ permanent collections. He says telling the story of the region’s past gives people a richer understanding and appreciation of our geography, ethnic traditions and business and culture here today.
He always had an appreciation for Pittsburgh, particularly its cultural institutions, but, like many of his contemporaries graduating from college in the late 1990s, Ned considered other options for where to live and work. Ultimately, he chose to stay in Pittsburgh as he more fully realized the building energy of the region, exemplified in the new construction downtown. He recognized growth in the urban core meant increasing opportunity ahead. He became more active in local organizations such as Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He has been a big brother for more than 10 years and is proud that his ‘little brother’ is now in high school at Pittsburgh Public Schools Science and Technology Academy.
Ned also plays tennis four times a week on a U.S. Tennis Association league team that includes players from Italy, Colombia, New York and Atlanta.They have a range of court choices including the Frick Park clay courts, Schenley Park, and the Mellon Park Tennis Center.