Stephen Rotella:Leadership That Lifts Others

“There is nothing more gratifying than knowing that something you have done, small or large, gives someone the chance to build a better life.” Memorable words from a man not only gifted in achieving his own goals, but wise and generous enough to give of his own time and talents to help better the lives of others. Such is the philosophy and goal driving Stephen Rotella and LIFT, a national non-profit that works to bring families from a cycle of poverty and dependency by fostering the personal, social and economic foundations individuals and families need to better themselves.

Stephen Rotella was named LIFT’s National Board Chairman in Dec, 2015, succeeding former Chairman Michael Gilligan, and it seemed a natural progression according to CEO and Co-Founder, Kirsten Lodal. “I couldn’t think of a more thoughtful, strategic mind to have as a partner and board leader at this moment,” Kirsten Lodal said.

Indeed, Stephen has already served on numerous charitable boards, such as The Seattle Foundation, YouthCare, ArtsFund and Ballet Met. He is also currently serving on the Advisory Board of SUNY Stony Brook School of Business.

This is all in addition to his role as President, CEO and Board Member of StoneCastle Partners, LLC, where he oversees the day to day operations of the company and also manages the direction and strategies of StoneCastle’s firm partners. His 30+ years of experience in leading strategic operations in banking and financial services has helped build StoneCastle’s cash management products and services into a forefront in solutions and funding alternatives for community and regional banks.

Of course, none of this is any surprise considering he spent 18 years as CEO of Chase Home Finance, which is the 4th largest home lender in America.

Stephen Rotella graduated from the State University of New York with a BA in Economics and an MBA in Information Systems/Finance. He currently resides in New York City.

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