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Steven G. Seleznow is President & Chief Executive Officer of the Arizona Community Foundation, a statewide philanthropy whose mission is to lead, serve and collaborate to mobilize enduring philanthropy for a better Arizona. Founded in 1978, ACF has more than 1,600 funds, a network of six affiliated foundations throughout the state, nearly $800,000,000 in charitable assets under management today, is Arizona’s largest statewide grant maker, largest private provider of scholarships to students, and among the nation’s largest 30 community foundations. Headquartered in Phoenix, the ACF has made more than $600,000,000 in charitable grants throughout Arizona, across the United States, and internationally.
Prior to leading the Arizona Community Foundation, Seleznow served for nearly five years as program director and deputy director for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s U.S. Program in Education, managing the implementation of a $2.5 billion investment portfolio and leading grant making for states, districts and networks throughout the country. He previously served as partner and Chief Investment Officer at Venture Philanthropy Partners in Washington, DC.
Seleznow spent the first 28 years of his career in public education, serving as deputy superintendent for the Montgomery County, MD, Public Schools and chief of staff and interim superintendent for the District of Columbia Public Schools, as well as in other administrative and leadership posts.
Seleznow earned a doctorate and master’s degree in administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Maryland, and is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston University.