Stephen Allen is the Site Manager of the International Rescue Committee in Richmond, Virginia. Stephen has 9 years of experience with the IRC – initially starting as a volunteer at the IRC in Phoenix. Stephen knew he would be committed to working with refugees during the economic Recession of 2008, when more than 1,100 refugees arrived in Phoenix needing work. As an Employment Specialist, Resettlement Supervisor and now as Site Manager, Stephen has built bridges for refugees and their host communities. Stephen holds a Master’s Degree in International Development and Poverty Studies from the University of Birmingham, England.