Nathan Stevens joined the Foundation as a Program Officer in May 2022, focusing on funding program initiatives in entrepreneurship and developmental disabilities. His love for the non-profit and philanthropic sector began in 2014 when he served as an Executive Assistant & Board Liaison at the Center on Halsted, the Midwest’s largest and most comprehensive LGBTQ community center. His work there piqued his interest in sustainable and innovative programming and how foundations can impact underserved communities and neighborhoods.
Prior to joining Coleman, Nathan worked at the Goldman Sachs grant-funded initiative 10,000 Small Businesses (10KSB), a 15-week entrepreneurship training program designed to help small business owners take their ventures to the next level. Nathan held three separate positions during his six and a half years with 10KSB, and as Project Director he managed the curriculum delivery for 900+ scholars and secured over $3.3 Million in programmatic funding.
Nathan has a B.A. from Columbia College Chicago in Film & Video and a Grant Writing Certificate from DePaul University. He received First Place at Columbia’s Written Image Awards for Best Student Feature and in 2018 was named Windy City Times’ 30 Under 30, which recognizes substantial contributions to the Chicagoland LGBTQ community in the fields of entertainment, politics, health, activism, academics, and sports.
In his free time, Nathan will take any opportunity to connect with friends and family. He enjoys cooking, kettlebell classes that overlook Lake Michigan and experiencing diverse local cultures and communities both in the States and internationally. Nathan lives in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood.