2020 ARCS Light Award

Carlyn Steiner

Carlyn J. Steiner is ARCS Foundation Seattle Chapter’s 2020 Light Award recipient.  In recognition of Carlyn’s dedication, energy and significant contributions to the Seattle Chapter, a fellowship will be added in her name to accompany the nine prior fellowships provided by the George and Carlyn Steiner Endowment at the University of Washington.

Carlyn joined ARCS in 1990. She chaired Strategic Planning, Development, University Relations, several fundraising galas and annual luncheons before becoming President of the Seattle Chapter in 2003.   Carlyn’s love of ARCS lead to an ARCS National Board position where she chaired the Finance Committee twice, organized the 2002 ARCS National Annual Meeting and served as a member of the National Endowment Fund committee for many years.  Most recently, Carlyn was a tri-chair of the Seattle Chapter’s 40th Anniversary Celebration in 2019.

Carlyn married and reared her family with George M. Steiner who died in 2003. She also practiced law, ultimately representing women with estate and financial planning needs.  Today, Carlyn enjoys being a long-distance mother to Joanna (married to Justin) and is proud to be Grandma “Lolly” to two-year old, Cora.  Carlyn’s passion for playing bridge and travel culminated in 2006 when her team won the Women’s World Team Championship (McConnell Cup) in Verona, Italy.

Carlyn’s philanthropy extends far past ARCS.  Carlyn’s family were founding members of Washington State’s oldest charity, Seattle Children’s Home (est. 1884). Raised in a cocoon of expectation and service, her energies over the past 45 years have supported the Seattle Repertory Theatre (SRT) as Board President, the UW Foundation Board, the Seattle American Jewish Committee and The Bush School. She currently serves as the Vice-chair of the SRT Foundation.

In Carlyn’s own words, “I was reared to be philanthropic, learning early that the fortunate among us were expected to give back, to be the community’s life-line.  It was not optional but our duty.  And my pleasure.”