Stephanie Riven

The Riven Company is led by Stephanie Riven who, for more than 30 years, has worked to build organizations and teams in a wide variety of nonprofits and government agencies.

Before establishing The Riven Company, Stephanie was an affiliated consultant with David Bury & Associates, a New York-based arts management consulting firm.  She also served as a Visiting Practitioner at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and she currently serves as a member of the Arts In Education Advisory Council at Harvard.

Stephanie is most prominently associated with the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) in St. Louis.  As COCA’s founding executive director, she conceptualized, managed and supervised the organization’s growth from a startup with an annual budget of $80,000 to the fifth largest multi-disciplinary community arts center in the country with a budget of $5 million and $16 million in assets. In 1987, the year of its founding, COCA served 40 children.  Today it serves 50,000 people annually.

Over the course of her tenure at COCA, Stephanie led the organization in raising over $60 million to build operational, capital and programmatic capacity.   The organization received many honors including an Excellence in the Arts Award from the Arts and Education Council and a Coming Up Taller Award from the President’s Commission on the Arts and Humanities.  COCA was also included as one of 12 exemplary organizations in the country in a publication commissioned by the Wallace Foundation entitled Qualities of Quality: Understanding Excellence in Arts Education written by Project Zero and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Her many honors over the years have included a 2011 Distinguished Alumna Award from Washington University in St. Louis and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arts and Education Council.