Stephanie leads CSW’s Connecting Credentials campaign, which focuses on building a well-functioning and sustainable credentialing ecosystem that is in sync with the needs of 21st century learners, educators, employers and the economy. Stephanie also supports CSW’s youth-focused projects, particularly those focused on opportunity youth. Stephanie has extensive knowledge of education and youth development policy and practice, as well as over a decade of experience in educational and nonprofit leadership, locally and nationally, primarily focused on underserved and underrepresented populations and learner-centered approaches like competency-based education.
Previously, Stephanie served as a senior fellow with Students at the Center, a Jobs for the Future initiative, and the Forum for Youth Investment. Stephanie’s work at JFF and the Forum focused on synthesizing and adapting for practice current research on key components of youth development, child well-being and learner-centered approaches. As a senior fellow, Stephanie provided thought leadership and strategic support, liaised with key stakeholders, drove new communications, products, and convenings, and designed opportunities for researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to connect. At the Forum, Stephanie served as co-director and research lead of The Readiness Project.
Prior to her work with JFF and the Forum, Stephanie served as founder, president, and CEO of Shearwater Education Foundation.
Stephanie holds a master’s of education in curriculum and instruction from Arizona State University as well as a master’s of social work in social and economic development of youth from Washington University in St. Louis.