Steve Evans is Vice President of community development for Smithfield Foods, Inc. Evans is responsible for developing and promoting the company’s strategic vision around supporting communities and sustainability strategies furthering the humane treatment of animals, environmental stewardship, food safety and quality, health and wellness, creating a rewarding, safe and inclusive work environment and supporting the vitality of its communities.
Steve has more than 24 years of community development experience characterized by holistic strategies and grassroots campaigns. He has worked tirelessly to forge opportunities and create a level playing field for individuals facing systemic disadvantages, particularly in agricultural communities, in areas including affordable housing, small business economic development, renewable energy, agricultural empowerment, education and health. In 2021, Forbes named Evans to its inaugural For(bes) The Culture 50 Black and Brown Champions list for modeling business excellence while uplifting Black and Brown communities. Steve was also recognized in 2022 at the World Sustainability Congress as the winner in the Future Leaders category.
Steve resides in Knightdale, North Carolina with his wife Michelle, where he serves as an elected member of the town council and oversees various boards, task forces and committees promoting diversity, equity and inclusion. In addition to many local and national boards, Steve also serves on the National FFA Advisory board, NC Business Committee for Education board and the College of Agriculture and Environmental Science advisory board for his alma mater, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical (A&T) University.