Nov 04, 2019
Stephen Saloom joined the Community Foundation in October of 2019. As Director, Advocacy & Capacity Building, Stephen will lead the foundation’s advocacy and public policy work as well as oversee nonprofit and community capacity-building efforts.
Before joining the Community Foundation, Stephen served as a Senior Manager for Advocacy and Partnerships for Pew Charitable Trusts, which flows from a career dedicated to nonprofit advocacy and leadership. He began as a lobbyist for non-profit organizations at the Connecticut Legislature; became founding executive director of the Criminal Justice Policy Coalition in Massachusetts; and then created and directed nationwide advocacy programs for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Innocence Project, and the Eighth Amendment Project at the Proteus Fund. Stephen has also written major grant proposals for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Tenants and Workers United, Caring Across Generations, and in 2017 was elected to the Ridgefield Board of Police Commissioners.
Stephen was born and raised in Brookfield. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from The University of Connecticut, his Juris Doctorate from The University of Connecticut School of Law, and an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Georgetown University Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership. He is thrilled to return to his home state and county, to dedicate his leadership and advocacy experiences to closing the opportunity gap in Fairfield County – a lifelong wish.
Stephen lives in Ridgefield with his family. He enjoys being with family, playing with their dog Chick Chock, seeing live music, and socializing with friends near and far.