Stefanie Brown James has dedicated her life to empowering people to organize and advocate for equality and expanded opportunities in their communities. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Stefanie is the CEO and Founding Partner of Vestige Strategies, LLC – a Washington, DC based community engagement firm that specializes in grassroots community and civic engagement strategies. Through her role at Vestige, Stefanie builds engagement programs for campaigns, causes and companies to move their audiences to take action while strengthening leaders and achieving tangible results in the process.
Last August, Stefanie and her husband Quentin James co-founded The Collective PAC – a national political action committee dedicated to recruiting, training, funding and supporting black candidates to run for office on the local, state and federal level. In only a few months, the PAC has raised over $125,000, launched a national campaign training operation and received 3,000+ contributions from supporters in 40+ states.
In 2012, Stefanie served as the National African American Vote Director for the Obama for America Campaign. In this position, Stefanie organized the African Americans for Obama program and managed the national strategy to engage African American leaders and voters to register and re-elect President Barack Obama. As a result, Stefanie’s work contributed greatly to the historic turnout of the African American community which voted at a higher rate than white voters for the first time; approximately 66.2 percent of eligible Black voters cast ballots in 2012.
Formerly the National Field 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. Concurrently, Stefanie served as the National Director of the NAACP Youth & College Division representing 23,000 youth under the age of 25 around the country.
A proud 2004 graduate of Howard University and current member of the Board of Trustees, Stefanie is the founder and Executive Director of Brown Girls Lead, Inc.; a leadership development organization for Black women focused on cultivating positive social change on college campuses and in communities across the country.
A member of Antioch Baptist Church and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Stefanie has received numerous awards and recognitions including being named as one of Campaign and Elections Magazine’s “50 Influential People” changing the way we think about campaigns; The Grio 100; TheRoot 100; and as one of Essence.com’s “Top 10 Emerging Political Leaders”. Above all, Stefanie is most proud to be the wife of her business partner Quentin and mother to son, Carter.
April 10, 2018