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Steven Atamian


CEO, Global Brigades


Steven Atamian is the co-founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of Global Brigades, the world’s largest student-led global health and development organization. Under his leadership, more than 10,000 annual university volunteers mobilize to collaborate in integrated community development projects in Central America and Ghana; starting with just one chapter in 2004.


In 2011, Steve co-founded, a “social movement platform,” that has registered more than 100 participating organizations, processing more than $55 million dollars for their respective causes. From 2004-2008, Steve led Global Brigades as a volunteer while employed full-time with Deloitte, where he supported the design and implementation of their corporate social responsibility strategy in the Pacific Southwest. 


Steve graduated from the University of Southern California. He resides in Seattle where he is as an affiliate faculty member at the University of Washington at Bothell, teaching classes in social entrepreneurship and nonprofit management. He is ecstatically married to Vanessa Lopez.

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