From 1957-1960, Stephen Stamas served both in the US Budget Bureau and as a loan officer in the Development Loan Fund. In 1968-1969, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Policy in the US Department of Commerce. Except for this period of government service, from 1960 to 1986, Mr. Stamas was an employee of Exxon Corporation in a number of financial, supply, corporate planning and public affairs positions. He retired from Exxon Corporation as Vice President of public affairs.
He is currently Chair of Marlboro School of Music and Co-chair of the American Trust for the British Library. He also serves on the Board of the New York Philharmonic, where he was president from 1984-1989 and chair from 1989-1996, and of the Greenwall Foundation, where he was chair from 1995-99. He is Director Emeritus of the Lincoln Center.
He is also a director of Seacor Smit, a company supplying logistics and support vessels for the oil and gas industry. He was formerly a member of the board of overseers of Harvard University, where he was president of the board from 1983-1985.
He is a graduate of Harvard College (1953) and earned a PhB degree from Oxford University (1955), which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar, and has a PhD from Harvard University (1957).