Stephen M. Werner

By: ICOSA Issue: Big Ideas, Smart People Section: Advisory Board Stephen M. Werner Steve Werner Consulting 7970 South Vincennes Way Centennial, Colorado 80112 USA Office: 303.793.0932 Mobile: 303.809.8986 Fax: 720.306.3077

Steve Werner is a consultant working primarily with international nonprofit organizations by helping them to build stronger programs, fundraising plans, boards of directors, and long-term strategies. He served as executive director for Water For People, an international nonprofit organization based in Denver, Colorado, whose mission is to assist people in developing nations gain access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

Werner also has worked for three of the largest and most successful nonprofit organizations in the United States. He rose rapidly to senior management positions with the American Cancer Society, CARE, and Habitat for Humanity International. He is knowledgeable in all aspects of nonprofit management, administration and fundraising.

Werner previously consulted for national and international organizations in the areas of fundraising and marketing. He also has expertise in the areas of board development and training, planning, advocacy, staff leadership training, and management systems. He developed a team of consultants with strategic planning, major gift fundraising, marketing, and board development expertise. He has served local, national, and international clients.

As senior vice president of programs for Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) in Americus, Georgia, Werner was responsible for all house building, volunteer support, and ancillary programs that were carried out by 1,400 affiliate organizations in the U.S. and in 56 countries around the world.

Before HFHI, Werner was regional director for CARE, the international relief and development organization. He was based in Denver, Colorado, where he supervised the major gifts and public relations program for 10 states in the Midwest, Southwest, and Rocky Mountain regions.

Prior to CARE, Werner served as area director of the American Cancer Society (ACS) in San Antonio, Texas. He managed over 30 staff, who in turn managed a volunteer-based program which annually served over 2,000 cancer patients, educated over 500,000 people about cancer risks and prevention, and raised $2 million for cancer research and cancer control programs.

Werner is a fellow of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan, and of the Salzburg Seminar in Salzburg, Austria. He is a past chairman of National Peace Corps Association, the Peace Corps alumni organization. He has also served in leadership positions with Rotary clubs, international festival organizations, and other community associations.

He and his wife, Patti, served together as Peace Corps volunteers in South Korea. They have three grown children. They have also served as foster parents for over 14 years.