Steven Seleznow is president and chief executive officer of the Arizona Community Foundation, which has more than $450 million in trust and endowment assets and awards millions of dollars annually in grants and scholarships to more than 3,500 nonprofit organizations, schools and government agencies.
Seleznow has more than three decades of experience in education, community development and philanthropy, most recently serving as deputy director of the U.S. Program in Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle. In that role, he led the organization’s five-year, $2.5 billion U.S. education strategy across states, cities, school districts and networks.
Before joining the Gates Foundation, Seleznow served as partner and chief investment officer at Venture Philanthropy Partners in Washington, DC. He has nearly 30 years of leadership and management experience in public education, having led the Montgomery County, Md., Public Schools as deputy superintendent for education and the District of Columbia Public Schools as chief of staff and interim superintendent. Seleznow was a teacher, an elementary and a secondary school principal, and served in a wide range of district administrative and leadership roles. Seleznow was also associate research professor at the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development.
Seleznow earned a Doctorate, and a Master’s degree in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University, and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Maryland. He is a graduate of Boston University.