Stephen Rotella is the new chairman of LIFT’s National Board. Rotella, who is also the President of StoneCastle Partners LLC (SCP) is also an active philanthropist and a businessman. He will replace Michael Gilligan who served the Board for a long time. LIFT is happy to pass on the baton to Rotella, who is seen as a strategic partner and leader.
Anyone who is interested in business, art and philanthropy knows Stephen Rotella. He is a fine artist who also has a background in business. He has been professionally trained in painting and illustration. An alumnus of the California State University, Rotella earned his degree in 2012, in studio art. Rotella also studied in Europe, specifically in Italy and France, where his interest in art was triggered.
Rotella, who studied under Jack Reilly, a reputed painter, has received many awards. Some of his awards include the Ventura Harbor Village Gallery Merit Award. He is also the recipient of the Best of Show which takes place at the Fresno County Fair Exhibit back in 2006. His other accolades include the Special Recognition for the Countryside Art Exhibition and various scholarships such as the Bank of America English Scholarship.
Rotella’s artistic works have been featured in various publications and exhibitions. His works have been showcased in exhibitions in France, Italy and the United States. An online magazine, the Artist Portfolio Magazine, has also featured his work. The artist is still young but has a vibrant career.
Rotella’s addition to LIFT has been lauded while many consider his business acumen and wisdom very useful in directing the Board to higher levels. His career has spanned over 30 years. Rotella also has a background in financial management, marketing, organizational development asset management and internet banking. He is also a strategic and operational leader.
Apart from his work as a businessman, Stephen Rotella is also recognized for the many efforts he has made towards helping those who are underprivileged. He does so through the arts as well as other charitable acts. Before he came to LIFT, he had served on previous Boards, including The Seattle Foundation, BalleMet Columbus and YouthCare. Rotella is currently a jazz patron at Lincoln Center. These are just some of the things he does to help the community.
When asked about his chairmanship at LIFT, Rotella finds it gratifying to be part and parcel of an organization that gives others the chance to lead better lives. He is honored to serve on the Board and partner with others to provide innovative ways of reaching more people and making a difference in their lives. It is expected that he will carry on the good work which his predecessor had already begun.