Tocqueville Society Member
Steve Evans grew up with modest means. As one of five children, his parents did not have much money to give – but they did give their time. Whether at their church or other nonprofit organizations, they would always lend a hand to help others.
In 1974 as a new college graduate, Steve began his retail career with Kaufmann’s, a Division of May Department Stores. The United Way in Pittsburgh, PA was the only company-wide charity initiative, and it was strongly encouraged that everybody participated.
“I started out at $25.00 a month, a significant amount of my $700.00 per month salary.”
While working in menswear, he met a young woman named Lisa in feminine apparel, who eventually became his wife. Steve and Lisa’s careers flourished, garnering each of them VP titles at Kaufmann’s.
When asked if he could choose an alternate career path, Steve recounted, “I enjoyed my retail career. It was a highly stressful one, but I would not trade it for any other that I know of.”
As they continued to enjoy professional success, they continued to increase their personal commitment to giving back.
One day, Bill Meyer, President and CEO of United Way of Allegheny County (now Southwestern Pennsylvania), reached out to Steve for lunch. Bill encouraged Steve to contribute his time and talents by getting more involved. As a result, he joined several committees to learn more about the work of United Way.
When he and Lisa joined the Tocqueville Society, she also began to engage with the work. She served on the Women’s Leadership Committee, which steered one of the largest Women of Tocqueville groups in the country at the time.
In 2006, Steve and Lisa moved to Atlanta after Macy’s bought Kaufmann’s. However, the relocation didn’t stop them from staying involved as Tocqueville Society members. Lisa co-chaired the nationwide campaign for United Way at Macy’s in 2007 and 2008, and Steve began serving as a Tocqueville Society Cabinet member in 2013.
They also still find time for the things that matter most.
They raised two daughters, Shea and Casey, who both graduated from Milton High School. After Shea was diagnosed with lupus, Steve began his involvement with the Lupus Foundation of America, Georgia Chapter. As the past Board Chair and past President & CEO, he has personally raised over $1 million for the Lupus Foundation. In 2017, he and Lisa were recipients of the National Advocacy Award.
Though they have been in Atlanta almost 15 years, “Lisa and I are both from the Pittsburgh area and remain huge fans of the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, and Pitt.”
Their favorite spots to grab a bite to eat are Casa Nuova in Alpharetta and Sotto Sotto in Atlanta.
If you would like to learn more about Steve and Lisa – join us! An event exclusively for North Fulton and Gwinnett County Tocqueville Society members will be held in the Evans’ home on the evening of Thursday, March 26th. For more details, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.