Stephen Westbrooks, Executive Director – Southern Region, currently serves as Executive Director of IFF’s Southern Region. As Executive Director, Stephen is responsible for providing strategic leadership and management of operations, lending and consulting activities in Southern Illinois, Missouri and Kansas. Over the last four years at IFF, Stephen has led the IFF’s lending practice, where he has worked on projects including early childhood centers, fresh food access and general human services sectors. Prior to joining IFF in January 2016 Stephen served as an Underwriter/Developer for Affordable Equity Partners where he underwrote Low Income Housing Tax Credit transactions and led the development of Affordable Equity Partners’ New Markets Tax Credit Program.
Stephen is an active community volunteer serving as President-elect of Habitat for Humanity St. Louis’s Board, as well as a member of Tower Grove Park Foundation’s Board, and a member of Tower Grove Park’s Board’s Building and Grounds Committee.
Stephen received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and a Masters of Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis. Stephen has also earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest advancement rank from Boy Scouts of America. His hobbies include leisure reading, weightlifting, and supporting the St. Louis Cardinals.