From 1992 until 2019, Steven Dow has served as the founder and executive director of CAP Tulsa. Under his direction, the agency has received national awards and recognition for its anti-poverty strategy focused on providing influential early childhood education and comprehensive family economic support through both direct services and public policy efforts.
In 2012, Dow was one of only 20 people in the country named to the Aspen Institute’s inaugural Ascend Fellowship, which forms a network of leaders who share knowledge, develop and test ideas, and coordinate their cutting-edge, two-generation approaches to moving families beyond poverty. In 2016, Dow was chosen for the highly selective Pahara-Aspen Education Fellows Program. As a fellow in the program, Dow is one of 23 innovative community leaders, chosen from across the nation, who are working together to reimagine America’s public schools. These honors add to a lengthy list of other prominent boards and commissions on which Dow has served, including National Advisory Council for AmeriCorps; Reach Out and Read; Tulsa Housing Authority; and Oklahoma Advisory Task Force on Children’s Issues, among many others.