Stephen Reily is an attorney, entrepreneur, and civic leader whose philanthropic energy has focused in recent years on building the local food economy in Louisville and a more sustainable future for Kentucky’s farmers. In 2011 he founded Seed Capital Kentucky, a non-profit whose projects have included commissioning the first-ever formal evaluation of local demand for regional food; organizing annual events (including the single largest viewing party for TedXManhattan) for the local food movement to convene and share knowledge; sponsoring Kiva Zip loans to farmers and food processors; celebrating farmer heroes at the Kentucky State Fair; and providing technical assistance grants to regional farmers.
Seed Capital KY is now focused on building the 24-acre West Louisville Foodport. He served on the board of Grasshoppers Distribution, a local food hub that operated from 2007-2013, and is a founding board member of the Local Food Association, the first national trade association for the local food industry.
Stephen is Chairman of the Greater Louisville Project, an independent civic indicator project. An arts patron and collector, he serves on the boards of the Creative Capital Foundation and the New Museum.
Stephen graduated from Yale College and Stanford Law School, after which he clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court. He is the Chairman, Managing Director and General Counsel of IMC, an agency that develops new products for some of the world’s largest consumer brands, and Vibrant Nation, IMC’s digital marketing division and the leading online community and influencer network for women 45+.
Stephen is married to historian Emily Bingham (author of Irrepressible: the Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015)). They live in Louisville and have three children.
Read our Q&A with Stephen on the Ecocentric blog.