Woman Of The Week: Stefanie Brown James

by:  We Rise & Shine

During the months of February and March there are several tributes, which pay homage to black leaders and women whose accomplishments not only had a significant impact on the past generation, but modern society as well.  Unfortunately, many would argue that there aren’t any present-day frontrunners that are organizing a movement advocating for justice, nor laying the groundwork for future generations to prosper.  When you dig a little deeper, you will discover that Stefanie Brown James is empowering people around the nation to make a positive change in their communities

The Ohio native is the CEO and Founding Partner of Vestige Strategies, LLC is a Washington, DC based public affairs firm that specializes in grassroots community and civic engagement for Fortune 1000 companies, non-profit organizations, community associations, public officials, electoral candidates, foundations and universities. Vestige Strategies’ expertise is centered around the strategic engagement of communities of color, women, youth and young professionals. 

James, mastered her leadership skills while working concurrently as the National Field Director and National Director of the Youth & College Division for the NAACP. During her tenure, she  spearheaded the organization’s 2,200 adult branches and representing the 23,000 under-25 youth.  Her impeccable reputation led to President Obama bringing her onboard to work as his campaign’s National African American Vote Director for the 2012 election cycle.

James is also the founder and Executive Director of Brown Girls Lead, Inc. (BGL), a leadership development organization focused on building a strong pipeline of Black women leaders dedicated to creating positive changes in the community.   BGL’s signature program is the Brown Girls Lead Academy – a seven month program that focuses on three core leadership development components: Personal Empowerment, Professional Enrichment and Public Engagement.  In addition to educational seminars, personal coaching, guest speakers and group assignments, each BGLA class will participate in field experience trainings to provide them with practical life skills knowledge and community service opportunities.


You can learn more about Stefanie by visiting her site here!