Steven Dow, head of Tulsa County Community Action, chosen for Ascend Fellowship

The leader of the Community Action Project of Tulsa County is one of 20 people from across the country chosen to participate in a program that seeks pioneering approaches to intervening in poverty.

Steven Dow, executive director of the agency and a commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, has been named to the Ascend Fellowship, which seeks cutting-edge, two-generation approaches to moving families beyond poverty.

The program is offered through the Aspen Institute, which has a mission of fostering leadership and providing a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. Board members include Madeleine Albright, Condoleezza Rice, Henry Louis Gates, David Gergen, Queen Noor of Jordan and Michael Eisner.

"Steven Dow's work at the Community Action Project is a great example of breakthrough thinking," said Anne Mosle, Ascend's executive director.

The Community Action Project has several programs including a tax preparation service for low- to middle-income families and Head Start, which has created partnerships with schools and family support nonprofit groups.

The Ascend program pointed to Dow's support of Career Advance, a workforce development program for parents whose children are enrolled at Head Start and Educare centers. Parents attain occupational certifications and jobs in health professions while their children gain educational benefits.

Dow took over the nonprofit in 1992, transforming it from a two-person agency into an organization of more than 600 staff members and a budget of $50 million, serving more than 20,000 households annually.

He has served on the boards of the National Advisory Council for AmeriCorps; the Oklahoma College Savings Task Force; the Oklahoma Advisory Task Force on Children's Issues; the Governor's Advisory Committee on the Homeless; the KIPP Tulsa Academy; the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless; and the Tulsa Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.

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Tulsa World

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