Vice President, External Affairs
Stephan Bontrager has been a part of the Riverlife team since 2009. He oversees all development and communications functions at Riverlife, including media and public relations, marketing, and individual fundraising to advance Riverlife’s work to create, activate and celebrate Pittsburgh’s riverfronts. Stephan is also the producer of Riverlife’s annual fundraiser gala Party at the Pier, which has raised over $2.5 million for Riverlife’s mission since 2010.
Prior to Riverlife, 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 educational programs and was recognized as a “Who’s Next in Communications” honoree by The Incline for his nonprofit communications work at Riverlife. He received his B.A. in Communications from Goshen College in 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, the Community Advisory Board for WYEP, and Marketing Advisory Committee for The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. He was previously Board Chair for the Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience (PULSE). He lives in Pittsburgh’s East End with his family and dog, Ginger.