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Women to Know 2020, Stephanie Brown James

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Stefanie Brown James

Co-Founder and Senior Advisor of The Collective PAC

Stefanie Brown James is the co-founder of Vestige Strategies, LLC, a Washington, DC-based public affairs firm that specializes in grassroots community and civic engagement strategies. The Ohio native holds a Bachelor’s degree in business from Howard University, where she now sits as a Board of Trustees Member. In 2016, Brown James and her husband Quentin founded The Collective PAC, an organization working to fix the underrepresentation of Black politicians and get them elected at the local, state, and federal level during the 2020 election.  Last year, the couple spent nearly $2 million on TV ads to increase the Black voter turnout in Florida.

The Collective has raised over $6.5 million dollars from 47,000+ individual contributions and organizations to help 53 endorsed candidates win and launched a national training operation — The Black Campaign School —  to prepare Black candidates and campaign operatives to win. During the 2018 election, The Collective PAC launched a historic texting program that reached over two million black registered voters. Through this tech-driven initiative, the PAC got Black residents in seven states to commit to voting during the midterm elections.

In 2012, Stefanie served as the National African American Vote Director for the Obama for America Campaign, where she managed the national strategy to engage Black Americans to register and re-elect Obama. Committed to the empowerment and professional development of Black women, Brown James is also the founder of Brown Girls Lead, Inc., a leadership development organization focused on helping collegiate and professional women affect positive social change on their campuses and in their communities.

Stefanie has received various awards for her commitment to social change,  including the 2012 Root 100 Most Influential African Americans, the Grio 2012 100 Most Influential African Americans, 2018 National Action Network’s Action & Authority Award.

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