The Institute for Pediatric Innovation is led by a team of experts with broad experience in research, development, marketing and licensing of medical devices and pharmaceutical products for pediatric healthcare. The staff are supported by graduate student interns. Learn more about our Internship Program.

Stephen Evangelista, CEO

Steve has spent his entire adult life working in the non-profit arena, which began in 1970, when he helped to start the Rhode Island Special Olympics at the request of Eunice Kennedy Shriver.  In the span of those 46 years, Steve worked to promote people with disabilities when he was asked to join the Dole Foundation for the Employment of People with Disabilities, was Vice Chair for Boys Town New England, where he raised close to $15 million to build a campus in Portsmouth, RI.  In 1994 he became the CEO of the National Kidney Foundation, New England and in 2001 was appointed as CEO for the Arthritis Foundation, New England Region. 

Steve has served as Chair of the Rhode Island Health Advocacy Forum since 2002 and continues to serve on several boards and committees.  He received his BA from Roger Williams University and his MA from Rhode Island College.

Steve and his wife, Arlene, live in Warwick, RI. They have four children and 8 grandchildren.