Board of Directors

Steve Hofstetter, Chair

Hofstetter, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee for his charitable work amidst the pandemic, is the founder of Steel City AF. A comedian with over half a billion views on YouTube and Facebook, Hofstetter is also the host of Finding Babe Ruth on FS1. His book (Ginger Kid) is a top 5 pick on Amazon and debuted at number one in its category. Hofstetter was the host and executive producer of season one of Laughs (FOX) and he has been on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and E! True Hollywood Story, Comics Unleashed, Comedy All-Stars, Quite Frankly, White Boyz in the Hood, Countdown, and more. His third movie debuted this year, and he has had two top 20 comedy albums (including one that hit number 1 on iTunes comedy charts). He is a former columnist for Sports Illustrated and the NHL, and has also written for Maxim and the New York Times, among others.

Elayne Boosler

One of the true legends of comedy, Elayne is known for both her giving nature and for her success in doing things her way. When networks turned her down for a special, she self-funded it - and the success of that special led to sold out theatre tours and command performances for presidents and royalty. Seven specials later, Elayne has done everything from host a game show to host a presidential debate.

Arian Foster

An undrafted free-agent running-back, Arian went from the practice squad to leading the NFL in rushing in less than two years. But football was always a means to an end for Foster, who retired at age 30 and re-invented himself as the host of one of the top podcasts in the world. He then launched a third career, releasing albums and touring sold-out shows as recording artist Bobby Feeno.

Greg Proops

One of the stars of the Original "Whose Line is it Anyway", Greg isn't just a stand-up comedian, but an improv master. He's also one of the premiere political comedy voices, hosting his "Smartest Man in the World" podcast for the last decade.

Josh Wolf

Having appeared on Chelsea Lately over 100 times and hosting his own show on CMT didn't make Josh a household name - what did was a combination of a killer act and a willingness to embrace social media. Josh's clips have hundreds of millions of views, and he has 2.5 million followers on Facebook and YouTube combined.

Justine Ezarik

Better known to her fans as iJustine, this Pittsburgh-area native is as self-made as they come. One of the original live streamers, iJustine has built a following of over 13 million followers on various social media. Her accessibility, creativity, work ethic, and love of technology has built her a devoted following and a career that revolves around the exact content she wants to create.

Jeru Tillman

A producer, manager, and promoter, Jeru knows the business of comedy inside and out. Executive producing titles like All Def Comedy and roasts and specials for stars like Snoop Dogg, Tillman's creativity behind the scenes will be a huge asset to talent seeking to turn their art into a business.

Zara Bending

If we're going to educate, we need someone who understands education. A law lecturer at Macquarie University, Zara also has experience with non-profits, including some amazing work with the Jane Goodall Institute. She's a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a two-time winner of a Vice-Chancellor's teaching award, one of the most prestigious teaching honors in Australia

Kaitlyn Brennan

Our conduit to the community, Kaitlyn is the president of the Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association and an educator - she's an adjunct instructor at the University of Pittsburgh. Kaitlyn will be a tremendous asset as we navigate the Pittsburgh arts, education, and philanthropy communities while trying to be the best neighbors we can be.

Adam Hofstetter

Adam is an award-winning educator in New York, where he teaches high school English, Journalism, and Creative Writing in addition to other roles. Among various accolades local and national, he is most proud of having been honored by the Brooklyn Borough President in 2016 for his teaching excellence. Prior to his education career, Hofstetter worked in journalism and publishing; he has authored several books and written for publications including Sports Illustrated and The Atlantic.