Born and raised in Oxford Circle, Philadelphia, Fred was educated in the Philadelphia public school system ( NEHS Class of ’68) and Temple University with a B.S. in Communications in 1972. As journalism major he was a reporter for the Temple News and subsequent to graduation was named general assignment reporter and ultimately editor for a chain of community newspapers in Northwest Philadelphia.
He was named to a legislative assistant post in Philadelphia City Council in 1976 and appointed assistant managing director of the City of Philadelphia in 1981 to plan and implement the 300th anniversary of the City. In 1983 he became Chief of Staff in U.S. Congress where he managed three offices in Philadelphia and Washington D.C. prior to starting his own business to produce special events.
During his career in journalism and public service, Mr. Stein received numerous awards including Best News Story of 1974 from the Delta Sigma Chi journalism society and Best Editorial in 1975 from the Keystone Press Awards. He has been given twelve community service awards for his work in city and federal government. Over the course of his professional career he has been on various civic and charitable boards, including a founding member of Women Against Abuse, The Leukemia Society, the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania Marketing committee and Komen Race for the Cure.
He also provides pro bono work as event director for the Race for the Cure (21 years), Project H.O.M.E. (15 years) and Legacy (Arthur Ashe)Youth Tennis Center (9 years), Maternity Care Coalition ( 3 years) to name a few.