(November 23, 2020) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) announced today that Artis Stevens, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of National 4-H Council, will succeed Pam Iorio as President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Iorio is retiring after leading BBBSA for nearly seven years. A Search Committee appointed by the Board led a rigorous, national search in partnership with Koya Partners, the search firm that specializes in partnering with mission-driven clients.
As the first Black CEO to lead the organization in its 116-year history, Stevens brings 25 years of leadership in the positive youth development sector. With a diverse background in bridging innovative marketing, fundraising and program strategies, Stevens has generated awareness and revenue to drive greater impact for youth, families, and communities in need. His passion for building purpose-driven brands and cultivating boards and talent has inspired partnerships with more than 60 of the most well-known brands in the country.
“We thank Pam Iorio for her commitment and dedication in building a strong foundation for our organization,” said Ken Burdick, Board Chair, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. “Pam was instrumental in establishing a 5-year strategic plan focused on innovative technology solutions, new funding opportunities and brand transformation. As we look to the future, we know Artis has the expertise– and passion–to lead this organization and defend the potential of youth across the country.”
Stevens has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of National 4-H Council since 2014, leading the organization’s brand positioning, alumni and marketing campaigns, digital transformation and local engagement efforts. He has also been responsible for driving revenue across the organization’s e-commerce and digital platforms – doubling fundraising pipelines and significantly increasing 4-H’s digital footprint to more than one million alumni and supporters.
“One of the most important parts of my life has been the opportunity to lead purpose-driven work and empowering young people to be the change they want to see in the world,” said Artis Stevens, incoming CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. “I’ve grown up in youth development and know first-hand the life-changing impact mentorship can have on one’s life and I have dedicated my career to bringing these types of experiences to all young people,” added Stevens. “I am grateful for the opportunity to lead this amazing organization and continue the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.”