In another step to significantly improve the lives of low-income children and their parents in the United States, Ascend at the Aspen Institute launched the $1 Million Aspen Institute Ascend Fund.Learn more
Steven Dow has served as Executive Director of Community Action Project of Tulsa (CAP) since 1992. CAP's anti-poverty strategy focuses on providing high-quality early childhood education and comprehensive family economic support through both direct services and public policy efforts. In the 20 years he has been leading the agency, it has grown from a small agency with a staff of 2 and budget of $165,000 to one with an annual operating budget of $53 Million and a staff of nearly 600. CAP currently serves 2,100 young children in its early education program, and its economic support programs reach more than 18,000 Tulsa households annually. CAP has received national recognition for its innovative and effective approaches, having been honored in the initial class of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Family Counts National Honors program, a member of the Fannie Mae Foundation Alliance, named as a National Head Start Center of Excellence, and the recipient of both Choice and Promise Neighborhoods planning grants.
A graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, Dow worked as an investment banker for Goldman Sachs and practiced law prior to joining CAP. In addition to his work at CAP, he serves on numerous national boards, including Reach Out and Read, the Center for Financial Services Innovation, and Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps. He also serves as one of nine Commissioners overseeing the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. He and his wife Stacy have three daughters.