Rotary Club of Birmingham names new Executive Director

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Birmingham’s Downtown Rotary Club at lunch meeting with David Abney, CEO or UPS

The Rotary Club of Birmingham has named Dan Stephens its new Executive Director effective July 1, 2020.

He will replace Susan Jackson, who is retiring after serving as the organization’s Executive Director since 1998.

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Rotary Trail, downtown Birmingham. Photo via Ryan Nelson (@iryannelson) on Instagram

Established in 1913, the Rotary Club of Birmingham is recognized internationally as one of the largest and most renowed Rotary Clubs in the world.  Some of the Club’s prominent civic and community projects include The Rotary Trail in downtown Birmingham, a Preschool Learning Initiative and fundraising efforts to wipe out polio worldwide.

Meet Dan Stephens

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Dan Stephens will become the Executive Director of Rotary Club of Birmingham on July 1, 2020. Photo courtesy of Rotary Club of Birmingham

An accomplished leader in the Birmingham nonprofit community, presently, Stephens serves as Vice President of Community Impact for United Way of Central Alabama where he manages a team of staff and collaborates with a network of 200 organizations across greater Birmingham.

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Photo from Building (it) Together.

Notably, Stephens was the lead staff person for the Bold Goals Coalition and led the working group that launched Building (it) Together. He also is the lead United Way staff member for the Birmingham Promise, a partnership between the City of Birmingham, Birmingham City Schools and United Way.

A local nonprofit leader

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Students interviewing with Rotarians Fred McCallum, AT&T, and Eileen Markstein, of Markstein

“We are fortunate that our nationwide search not only brought us a highly-qualified leader, but an individual with extensive experience in our local nonprofit community,” said Fred McCallum, who chaired the Club’s search committee. “We look forward to Dan’s leadership of the Rotary Club of Birmingham in the years to come.”

We look forward to seeing great things from Dan! To learn more about the Rotary Club of Birmingham visit their website at:


Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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