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Greenwich United Way 90th Anniversary Family Legacy – The Wolowitzes
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Steve & Allison, Emily & Jordan Wolowitz

Photography by ChiChi Ubina

Honorary Chairs, Allison and Steve Wolowitz

Allison grew up in Greenwich, CT; graduated from Greenwich Academy and then The George Washington University. Steve grew up just outside of Chicago and graduated from college and law school at The George Washington University, where they met. After graduating from college, Allison worked at The Washington Star newspaper, in Washington, DC, as an editorial assistant and feature writer. They moved to New York, where she worked at Harcourt, Brace Publishing Company as an editor, followed by Home Box Office as a writer and editor on their program guide. Steve joined the law firm then known as Rosenman & Colin. After making partner, he moved to the law firm Mayer Brown to start the litigation practice in their New York office where he became the firm’s global head of the litigation practice.

They moved to Old Greenwich in 1986 with their children, who were then ages four and two. Allison began her volunteering experience at the school where her children attended, The Greenwich Country Day School. She also worked as a co-teacher in the nursery and pre-K, substitute teacher in the lower and middle schools and as an Assistant Admissions Director in the Admissions Office at GCDS.

Allison became involved with The Greenwich United Way, when she was asked to join the committee tasked with organizing the 75th Anniversary Gala. She served on the committee for the Sole Sisters Luncheons and chaired the 2007 Sole Sisters Luncheon. She and Steve co-chaired the United Way Leadership Committee and she served as a member of the United Way Board of Directors.

How did the Lifetime Sole Sisters begin?

Allison: The Lifetime Sole Sisters was formed by the women who started the Sole Sisters after the 75th Anniversary. The Lifetime Sole Sisters take seriously their responsibility to encourage other women in Greenwich to make a long-term commitment to the United Way and join the Sole Sisters.

How did you involve your family in the Greenwich United Way?

Steve: When our son Jordan and our daughter-in- law Emily moved to Greenwich a few years ago, Allison invited Emily to attend the Sole Sisters Luncheon. Emily served on the following year’s Sole Sisters Luncheon and is currently Co-Chair of the 95th Anniversary Gala being held on October 14, 2023 at the Greenwich Country Club.

Jordan and Emily

Emily attended Greenwich Academy and The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville for High School. She studied Journalism at George Washington University. After internships in the press offices of Chanel and Louis Vuitton in college, she was hooked. She began her career working at PR powerhouse KCD producing fashion weeks in New York, London, and Paris, as well as events such as The MET Gala and Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. She went on to work at NET-A-PORTER and Hermes.

Jordan and Emily met in Manhattan. They moved to Greenwich shortly after their wedding in 2018 and live in backcountry with their 3-year-old daughter, Daisy, 1-year-old son, Owen, and Bernese mountain dog, Jerry.

Emily left the fashion industry in 2020 after their daughter was born, and has started her own interior design firm in Greenwich where she specializes in residential projects.

Jordan attended Greenwich Country Day School from nursery through 9th grade and graduated from Greenwich High School in 2002. He went to George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in history. He started his career in the music business when interning for Jason Flom, the CEO of Atlantic Records. After college, he moved to California where he worked at Paradigm Agency (now Wasserman Agency) in their music/touring department. The agency represents major artists such as Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Billie Eilish, Dave Matthews Band, Drake, Phish and hundreds more. In 2010, Jordan moved back to New York to work for the legendary music agent Marsha Vlasic at International Creative Management. In 2011, he started his own company with his high school friend, Tom Russell, Founders Entertainment. They built the first major music festival in NYC, The Governors Ball, which draws 150,000 fans each June. In 2022, they started Sound On Sound Music Festival at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, CT.

Emily: I am awed by all of the work GUW does in our very own backyards. Over the years I have gotten more involved by joining the committee at Sole Sisters and co-chairing the event’s vendor boutique in 2022. Recently, I have joined the board and am very excited to continue the work that the United Way does to improve our community and to get aid to those in need.

Jordan and I are also proudly involved with Make-A-Wish CT as volunteers and co-chairs for the past three years of the organization’s largest annual fundraising event, Wish Night.

What activations have your worked on with the United Way?

Allison and Steve:  After being approached by David Rabin and Jeremy Nappi about the United Way’s Early Childhood Achievement Gap Solutions Program, we were happy to contribute to its success. The chapter continues to evolve in order to meet the growing and changing needs of the community more recently, the chapter’s Mental Health Initiative.

Do you have any highlight memories of the Greenwich United Way?

Allison and Steve:  Among our highlight memories are the times that we heard directly from the agencies supported by Greenwich United Way about how the chapter’s continued support has made it possible for the agencies to fulfill their missions.

Another moment that stands out for us was during the challenging fundraising environment of the Covid crisis. Despite the inability to host an in-person Sole Sisters Luncheon – among the most important fundraising events for the Greenwich United Way – the staff and its leadership put together a highly successful virtual fundraising luncheon. As longtime active supporters of Greenwich United Way, we were beyond impressed by the commitment and creativity of the chapter’s staff and its leadership.

In addition to her Board and other service for the United Way, Allison has been a member of the Junior League of Greenwich, and has served on the Boards of Directors of the YWCA of Greenwich and the River House. She currently volunteers for Make-A-Wish Connecticut, and has co-chaired MAW CT’S fundraising gala.

In addition to Steve’s work with the United Way, Steve is a long-serving member of the Board of Directors of Make-A-Wish Connecticut and the Board of Directors of The Cameron Kravitt Foundation. At MAW CT, Steve is the chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee, and serves as an active member of the Philanthropy Committee. Together with Allison, Steve is a Wish Granter, currently serves on the Parents of Alumnae Committee at The Greenwich Country Day School, and previously served as a member of the Parents Board at The Loomis Chaffee School.