Maria Rose Pisano is a creative communications and marketing professional with more than a decade of experience in providing clear and persuasive communications and marketing support.
Launching her own communications and marketing business in late 2015, Maria has worked with non-profit clients including the: Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council; Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank; Kidsburgh; PAEYC; and SLB Radio Productions.
In addition to the non-profit sector, Maria has worked for several independent clients in the literary and publishing industries including: Judy Bannon, author; Janet Carlisle, author and illustrator; Mark Collins, author; Dennis Frederick, author; Lillie Leonardi, Hay-House published author and literary promoter; and Amanda Mawhinney, author.
In her continued work with these clients, Maria is the Kidsburgh Events Calendar Editor and Director of Marketing for Passages & Prose, Pittsburgh’s largest annual literary festival coordinated by Lillie Leonardi.
Currently, she is the Director of Communications for The Pittsburgh Association for The Education of Young Children (PAEYC). In 2016 she served as the Manager of Marketing & Development for SLB Radio Productions, Inc. and was a New Leaders Council Pittsburgh Fellow. For more than a decade prior, she was employed at WQED Multimedia, the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster and production-home of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood for more than 30 years.
In the marketing department at WQED, she was responsible for coordinating and creating marketing and media campaigns for four television channels, the Classical WQED-FM 89.3 radio broadcast station and three online streams, local and national television and radio productions, WQED Interactive, and iQ: smartmedia, WQED’s educational initiative. In 2008 she initiated the corporate Twitter® account which she helped to grow to more than 25,000 “followers.” She has coordinated signature community engagement projects including “The Neighborhood of Make-Believe Tour” in 2009 which saw over 4,000 people in attendance over a three-day period to recognize the 40th Anniversary of Mister Rogers Neighborhood on television. In 2011, she developed an innovative advertising strategy for the premiere of Pittsburgh From the Air. Utilizing a sky-writing stunt that went viral, “WQED” became the local “trending topic” for the first time on Twitter®, and the program became WQED’s most successful retail offering.
Prior to her employment at the station, Maria worked at Mellon Bank (now Bank of New York (BNY) Mellon) from 2000 – 2005 in loan collections while attending Duquesne University in her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2004, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, with an emphasis in Journalism, and a minor in English.
Dedicated to her community, Maria has volunteered hundreds of hours to area non-profits and participated in numerous local and national election campaigns. Her passions include economic justice, education, and politics. Maria resides with her fiancé Michael in Brookline and enjoys spending time with her step-daughter Katelyn.