Stephen Arellano


Coordinator, Governor's Office of Foundation Liaison
[email protected]

Here’s what I can help you with:

Connecting to work in State government and partnering with the governor's office and state agencies, particularly in the areas of P20 Education, Workforce/Reentry, and Health.

Get to know Stephen:

What do you actually do all day long?
I spend my days interacting with funders, government officials, and the nonprofit community to build relationships, deepen our awareness of work that is happening across the state, and building relationships to facilitate productive partnerships between government and philanthropy.

What is the best part of your job?
When our subtle work breaks down barriers across sectors and leads to productive partnerships focused on outcomes for the children and families of Michigan.

Favorite flavor of ice cream?
Olive Oil Gelato...does that count?

What music are you streaming?
Thelonious Monk in San Francisco 1959, solo and live at Fugazi Hall

Why do you love where you live?
Michigan has all the ingredients to be a beacon of equity, sustainability and creativity for the world, and I get to be a part of that movement.

If you could choose a super power, what would it be?
Avatar The Last Airbender - to manipulate the elements

Favorite book from childhood?
The Lorax

Favorite book?
That's really difficult! I'll go with "100 Years of Solitude" by Gabriel García Márquez

Dream vacation?
To train in internal martial arts on Wudan Mountain.

Hobbies/ & Leisure Interests?
I'm a serious foodie, farmer, cook. Nothing pleases me more than preparing a special meal from ingredients I grew and preserved accompanied by great wine and deep conversation among family, friends and colleagues.