Steven Rosenblum has devoted his life and career to advancing cultural, educational, and charitable institutions in the St. Louis region, through both his longstanding career in nonprofit fundraising and his extensive volunteer service with a wide variety of civic organizations. According to nominator Beth Hertzig, Director of St. Louis Major Gifts at Washington University, Steven is often described as “a stranger to no one.” She noted that, “Without exception, Steven goes above and beyond in his dedication and commitment to serving and inspiring compassion and action in others.”
Many organizations in St. Louis have been fortunate to have the energetic advocacy of Steven in their corner. He serves on several Boards of Directors, including the Crown Center for Senior Living, the Clayton History Society, and the Clayton Century Foundation. He is on the national board of Parents as Teachers and chairs its Fund Development & External Relations Committee. Steven was recognized in 2012 as one of the St. Louis Jewish Light’s Unsung Heroes for his public service, which also touches the United Way, the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, the AIDS Foundation of St. Louis, and his synagogue, Kol Rinah.
An alumnus of the School of Law, Steven has devoted twelve years of his professional career at Washington University, leading the 16‐member Arts & Sciences development team since 2013. Steven served in previous professional roles with the Saint Louis Zoo, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and UMSL. He has been described by the Zoo’s senior management as “an extraordinary advocate for the institute and its mission” and “a model leader and mentor to other employees.”
A native St. Louisan, Steven shares his passion for public service with his wife Andrea and three sons, Myles, Spencer, and Henry. Steven’s character, enthusiasm, and commitment to improving the lives of others are summed up in the words of a colleague: “Steven is a model of tolerance, thoughtfulness, optimism, creativity, and hard work. He inspires me to look for the good everywhere, to demonstrate openness to everyone, and to find perpetual enjoyment in the big and small. It is a pleasure and honor to work for Steven and to learn and grow from his daily example.”