Over the past 11 years Stephanie has worked in various communications roles from TV newsrooms to non-profit organizations, political campaigns and the highest offices in our federal government – the United States Congress and the Obama White House. Through these experiences, she has developed her craft, creativity and strong political and communications skills in fast paced and results oriented environments.
She now serves as the Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Anti-Hate Initiatives and the Director of the Erase the Hate Campaign for Civic Nation. Civic Nation is the official non-profit partner of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment’s Erase the Hate Campaign. In this role, Stephanie is helping to create and implement a strategy to build a national grassroots campaign across the United States in an effort to build a social movement against hate and bias. She is also responsible for creating partnerships with corporations, influencers and to create a network with established and grassroots organizations. Additionally, she ensures that the campaign acquires adequate funding.
Most recently Stephanie was the Director of Corporate Communications at BET Networks, a Viacom Company. She supported the Office of the Chairman and CEO by implementing strategic press initiatives, partnerships and external events and activities. She also developed and executed a corporate communications program that shaped awareness, attitudes and perceptions for BET Networks and its employees, consumer press, trade media, advertisers, industry executives and Viacom Corporate and Brand partners.
During her time in the Obama Administration, Stephanie had the unique opportunity of serving in two critical roles as the Associate Communications Director and then as the Senior Public Engagement Advisor in the Office of Public Engagement.
In her role as Associate Communications Director Stephanie created and oversaw press strategy for White House initiatives and domestic policy announcements. In the White House Office of Public Engagement, she created opportunities for the President, First Lady, Senior Advisor to the President, Valerie Jarrett, and other Senior White House officials to engage directly with the African American community. Stephanie also led engagement strategy for the African American community on all Presidential priorities and helped to develop White House responses to social justice and civil rights issues.
She had the privilege to lead the White House, under the leadership of Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, for a number of historic moments including President Obama’s intergenerational meeting with Civil Rights leaders and activists, the celebration of African American women and dance with First Lady Michelle Obama, the funeral service for Rev. Clementa Pinckney of the Charleston 9 and the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Prior to her White House stints Stephanie served as the National Press Secretary in the Democratic Whip’s Office, Steny Hoyer and she served as the Communications Director for the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). During her time on Capitol Hill she built strong relationships with Democratic leadership and senior Members of the Congressional Black Caucus. It was because of her experience working for the CBC that she was hired to serve as the Deputy Communications Director for the battleground state of Florida for President Obama’s reelection campaign.
Stephanie is interested in the intersection of politics, pop culture and the entertainment industry in order to leverage its influence to create a more fair, progressive and just society through artistry, activism and storytelling.
Stephanie grew up in Atlanta Ga, Cape Town, South Africa, Dallas Tx and Jacksonville Fl. She is a graduate of Hampton University and resides in Brooklyn, NY.