Program Officer, Mertz Gilmore Foundation
trellis stepter serves as the Program Officer for the Mertz Gilmore Foundation Democratic Values and Climate Change Solutions programs. stepter brings 15 years’ experience working on racial, social, and economic justice policy in the public and philanthropic sectors. stepter also served as the Program Officer for Money in Politics at the Piper Fund, a funder collaborative and initiative of the Proteus Fund. In 2011, he was selected to participate in a yearlong distinguished fellowship program at Proteus to empower more diverse leaders to enter the field of philanthropy. Previously, stepter worked in public service in both the executive and legislative branch in Massachusetts. He served as Director of Government Affairs for the Secretary of Transportation in the administration of Governor Deval Patrick. He also served as Chief of Staff to the Assistant Majority Leader in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Currently, stepter is the Co-Chair of the money in politics working group at the Funders Committee for Civic Participation. He serves on the boards of the Environmental Grantmakers Association and Insight Pioneer Valley Meditation Center. Originally from New Orleans, stepter is a graduate of the Juilliard School Drama Division and worked as a professional actor and director.