Eastern Michigan University
I was born and raised in Detroit and all my life called Southeastern Michigan my home. I am passionate about the city and the region. I am honored and excited to serve United Way for Southeastern Michigan and proud of the impact we have on people’s lives.
Steven Schwartz is Chief Financial Officer for United Way for Southeastern Michigan. He joined the organization in December 2018 and is responsible for United Way’s overall financial integrity and operational leadership, including accounting, contracts, business management and financial planning.
Steven also leads the organizations finance committee, which provides financial oversight, and audit committee, which oversees the auditing process and meets with the auditor to review the audit plan.
Steven had more than 20 years of financial expertise before joining United Way, working in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. He was CFO for HighScope Educational Research Foundation in Ypsilanti and Michigan Credit Union League in Livonia. He also served as vice president of finance and controller at Detroit Regional Chamber.
Throughout his career, Steven has demonstrated thoughtful leadership, implementing process improvement policies and cost savings and revenue growth strategies. He also testified at a Senate hearing in Lansing on the negative impacts of a proposed mental health services budget.
Steven graduated at the top of his class at Eastern Michigan University, where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting. He has also completed leadership programs at the Center for Creative Leadership and the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit.
Steven is an avid sports fan and can occasionally be found volunteering as a DJ at First Robotics events. In the summer he enjoys gardening with his wife Kathy and visits from his son Brian and daughter Caitlin.