Stephanie K. Blackwood is a development/marketing/communications professional with a life-long history of working to support causes and ideas that she believes in. Her career includes extensive marketing, communications and community relations experience, starting at the University of Kansas and The Ohio State University, where she served as each institution’s first full-time women’s sports information director. This start laid the foundation for the launch of three successful New York-based marketing agencies that primarily served Fortune 500 clients, including Allstate, ABSOLUT, Continental, Procter and Gamble, IBM, and ING.
In 2010, Stephanie transitioned into a development career, starting first as the volunteer Director of Communications and Development for the Hospital of Hope in Senegal. She lived in Dakar for seven months and managed the start-up activities, communications, and fundraising for this small healthcare service, which has served more than 3,000 Senegalese in rural areas (www.hospital-of-hope.org).
Returning to the U.S., Stephanie was hired as the Senior Manager of Institutional Relations at the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), where she was responsible for combined corporate and foundation revenue. More recently, she was Director of Development at PFLAG National and oversaw revenue generation from corporations and foundations, major donors and planned giving, direct response and events. At GLSEN and PFLAG, her leadership was characterized by funding growth, outstanding relationships with both institutional partners and major donors, and expanding visibility through media partnerships.
Stephanie has volunteered extensively with community-based nonprofits, including the Ms. Foundation, Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, Lambda Legal, the LGBTQ centers of Los Angeles and New York, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, Commercial Closet, and STREB Lab for Action Mechanics, among others.