Stefanie Brown James, Vice President of Training and Community Engagement at Emily’s List
An experienced social entrepreneur and community advocate, Stefanie Brown James serves as the Vice President of Training and Community Engagement at Emily’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics. In this position, Stefanie oversees the training programs and partnerships that will expand, engage and diversify the pipeline of pro-choice women running for office.
Stefanie is also the Co-Founder and former Senior Advisor of The Collective – an umbrella organization that encompasses four legal entities including The Collective PAC and their non-profit arms, Collective Future and The Collective Education Fund – dedicated to recruiting, training, funding and supporting Black candidates to run for office on the local, state and federal level. Founded in August of 2016, The Collective has raised over $6.5 million from 47,000+ individual contributions to help 53 endorsed candidates win their elections and launched a national training operation, The Black Campaign School, that has prepared over 400 black candidates and campaign operatives to win.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Stefanie is the former CEO and Founding Partner of Vestige Strategies, LLC – a Washington, DC based firm that specializes in grassroots community and civic engagement strategies.
In 2012, Stefanie served as the National African American Vote Director for the Obama for America Campaign where she created and managed the national strategy to engage Black leaders and voters to re-elect President Barack Obama, helping to lead to the highest black voter turnout in history. Formerly the National Field Director and Youth & College Division Director for the NAACP, Stefanie developed and administered the national field organizing strategy for the NAACP’s 2,200 adult branches and youth units in 48 states and the District of Columbia.
A strong advocate for women and HBCUs, Stefanie is a past member of the Board of Trustees at her alma mater, Howard University and a member of the National Social Action Commission for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Stefanie’s greatest accomplishment, however, is marrying her best friend and business partner Quentin James and being the mother of two amazing toddlers, Carter & Elijah.