Stephen Acree

Executive Director/President (Outgoing)

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In late 2020, Stephen announced his retirement from Rise, concluding a career that has left a tremendous mark on the community development landscape in St. Louis. His retirement will become active around June of 2021.

Stephen has been with Rise since 1999 and has been its Executive Director and President since late 2002.  He worked in three successive City of St. Louis Mayoral administrations, and is the former Director of the City of St. Louis Community Development Agency, which administers the Community Development Block Grant and HOME programs for the City.

Stephen brings over 30 years of experience in community development and considerable knowledge and experience in development finance, particularly with the structured financing of development in more difficult to develop areas.

Stephen is a founding member of the Missouri Workforce Housing Association, a member of its Executive Committee, and was the founding President of the organization.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Landmarks Association of St. Louis and has formerly served as the organization’s President.  He is also a former Chairman of the Greater St. Louis Regional Empowerment Zone and has been a member of the University of Missouri at St. Louis Public Policy Research Center’s Advisory Committee, Fannie Mae’s Southwestern Regional Housing and Community Development Advisory Council, and the Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.’s Network Advisory Board.

Stephen received his undergraduate degree from The George Washington University and is a member of the Missouri Bar Association with a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis.  He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute and is certified by the National Development Council as a Housing Development Finance Professional. In 1997 Stephen was a Fannie Mae Foundation Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Executive Program for State and Local Government Officials.