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Stephen Ristau has 35 years in the human service sector as an executive, senior manager, consultant and trainer, and clinician. He has worked in nonprofit, governmental and corporate environments. He has served as president and CEO of four nonprofits in the Northeast. Presently residing in the Northwest, he works through his consulting firm, Ristau & Associates, providing project consultation and training and development services to nonprofit organizations across the United States. Among his clients have been Libraries for the Future, the California State Library,, Leadership Greater Hartford, the Multnomah County (OR) Vital Aging Task Force, and the Multnomah County Library.

His recent work, PurposeWork, has focused on expanding the connections between midlife adults ages 50+ and nonprofits for personal and social renewal. He sees great opportunities for nonprofits to engage the talents and passion of experienced professionals to serve and work in their communities, and find greater meaning and purpose in their lives.

As part of his own “work portfolio,” he volunteers weekly at an inner city early childhood center in Portland where he reads to toddlers and serves as a “human jungle-gym.”

He is a contributing author of the Idealist Guide to Careers in the Nonprofit Sector for Sector Switchers (2008), and has written “Work and Purpose After 50,” a chapter in Boomers and Beyond: Reconsidering the Roles of Libraries (ALA, 2010).

He received his M.A. in Human Development and Family Relations from the University of Connecticut, is a trained marriage and family therapist and parent educator, and a practicing spiritual director.

Stephen can be reached at [email protected] and 503-281- 4305