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Stephanie Somerman

Senior Director
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI

Pronouns: she/her

Stephanie brings to Elevate a passion for supporting those on the frontline of social change to be the best they can be. She has built a career helping nonprofits of all sizes achieve innovative and sustainable outcomes to challenging and complex problems. Her unique skills include fundraising, operations, policy, advocacy and organizing. Most recently, Stephanie worked with Save the Children and Council for a Strong America to raise funding for local, state and national advocacy programs focused on early childhood education and children’s health. Previously, she worked in the progressive national security community on issue campaigns focused on the Pentagon Budget and nuclear weapons.

Before moving to Washington, DC, Stephanie was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine, where she spearheaded community development projects on maternal health, gender development, HIV/AIDS awareness, workforce development, leadership, and volunteerism. Her career began in student organizing with the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network at the University of Michigan where she earned a Master of Public Policy in Nonprofit Management and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Mathematics.

Stephanie is a fan all things Michigan Wolverines, an avid risk-taker and proud resident of Kingman Park, where she resides with her husband, Jimmy.

What is your favorite thing to do in DC?

Walking or riding my bike down the mall to marvel at the monuments, museums, and (most importantly) tourists.

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

Too much jargon! Say what you mean and mean what you say.

Who would play you in a movie of your life?

Tina Fey.

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