About Us

Stephan Bontrager

Communications Director

Stephan Bontrager smiling with arms crossed with Ft Wayne Rail Bridge behind him


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Stephan has been a part of the Riverlife team since 2009 and manages organizational communications, media relations, marketing and special events. He is the producer of Riverlife’s annual fundraiser gala Party at the Pier. Prior to coming on board, Stephan was Director of Education and Community Engagement for public radio station 91.3 fm WYEP, where he also served as the on-air Midday Mix host from 2002-2007. Stephan was honored as one of Pittsburgh Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40” for his work in developing community public broadcasting programs and was recently recognized as a “Who’s Next in Communications” honoree by The Incline for his nonprofit communications work at Riverlife. He received his Bachelor of Communication degree from Goshen College in northern Indiana and a Master of Journalism and Mass Communication degree from Point Park University in Pittsburgh. He originally hails from Denver, Colo., and is proud to claim Pittsburgh as his adopted hometown. Stephan has served on the Board of Directors for The Sprout Fund and Community Advisory Board for WYEP, and was previously Board Chair for the Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience (PULSE).