March 26, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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PITTSBURGH –Riverlife, the nonprofit organization working to reclaim, restore and promote Pittsburgh’s riverfronts, is pleased to announce the promotion of Stephan Bontrager (image, above) to Vice President, Communications and Outreach.
Mr. Bontrager joined the Riverlife staff in 2009 as Director of Communications. As VP, Communications and Outreach, he will oversee the organization’s public messaging, branding, marketing, media relations, community engagement, and special events. He also works closely with the Riverlife board of directors to organize the agenda and activities of the Riverlife Communications Committee.
During his time at Riverlife, Mr. Bontrager produced the 2013 grand reopening celebration for the $40 million renovation of Point State Park and its signature fountain, as well as celebrations and media coverage for Riverlife projects at South Shore Riverfront Park, the Mon Wharf Landing, Allegheny Landing and Strip District Riverfront Park. He is also the producer of Riverlife’s annual fundraiser gala “Party at the Pier,” now in its ninth year.
Originally from Denver, Colo., Mr. Bontrager has called Pittsburgh home since 2001. 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 has served on the Board of Directors for The Sprout Fund, the Community Advisory Board for 91.3fm WYEP, and was previously Board Chair for the Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience (PULSE).
Riverlife (formerly Riverlife Task Force) is a public-private partnership established in 1999 to guide and advocate for the redevelopment of Pittsburgh’s riverfronts. Riverlife works to reconnect Pittsburgh with its rivers by bringing recreation, ecological restoration and economic opportunity back to our waterfronts. www.riverlifegh.org
Photo by Maranie Staab