Stephen Evans

Chair, Arizona Community Foundation

Stephen Evans is retired with a long career in the real estate industry. Mr. Evans served as Executive Committee Member and Trustee of Equity Residential (EQR), a publically traded Real Estate Investment Trust and America’s largest apartment company, from 1998 to 2010. In 1981, Mr. Evans founded and served as CEO and Chairman of Evans Withycombe Residential, a private multifamily investment company focused in Arizona and California. In 1994 Evans Withycombe Residential (EWR) became a publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust and Mr. Evans served as its CEO and Chairman until its merger with Equity Residential in 1998.

Mr. Evans served as a Director of the Biltmore Bank of Arizona. He currently serves as a Director of Communities Southwest, an Arizona real estate investment company and as a Director of two national commercial Real Estate Investment Trusts.

His business affiliations have included the, Urban Land Institute, Lambda Alpha Land Economics Fraternity, National Multi-Housing Council and National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. Mr. Evans currently serves on the Board of Directors of the following non-profit organizations: Arizona Community Foundation, Arizona State University Enterprise Partners and Foundation and Valley of the Sun United Way.

Mr. Evans served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force from 1968 to 1972. He received Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Masters in Business Administration degrees from Arizona State University.

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