Mertz Gilmore Foundation
trellis stepter serves as program officer for the Mertz Gilmore Foundation’s Democratic Values and Climate Change Solutions programs. trellis brings 15 years’ experience working on racial, social, and economic justice policy in the public and philanthropic sectors. trellis served as the program officer for Money in Politics at the Piper Fund, a funder collaborative and initiative of the Proteus Fund. In 2011, he was selected to participate in a yearlong distinguished fellowship program at the Proteus Fund to engage diverse and entrepreneurial leaders to enter the field of philanthropy. Previously, trellis worked in public service in both the executive and legislative branch. He served as Director of Government Affairs for the Secretary of Transportation in the administration of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. He also served as chief of staff to the Assistant Majority Leader in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Originally from New Orleans, trellis is a graduate of the Juilliard School Drama Division.