One of Stacy’s earliest memories is her family’s weekly trips to the library when she was told she could bring home as many books as she could carry. She would come stumbling out of the aisles with books stacked high enough to block her vision. Just as she did then, she still stays up late at night working her way through the pages of a good story.
Raised outside of Chicago, in a home where education, social justice and service to community were ever-present values, Stacy began her career by joining Teach for America. While teaching high school English and reading on the South Side of Chicago, her experiences in the classroom shaped her understanding of how policy influences schools, teachers and students. It also embedded in her a conviction that the voices of those most impacted must be a critical component when making decisions about education.
After four years teaching, Stacy went on to work at a series of education non-profits where she labored tirelessly to elevate the stories of educators, students and communities. Whether working to support those running for office at Leadership for Educational Equity, raising money to promote statewide civic education and activism at WE Day Illinois or building a movement of forward-thinking educators at Educators for Excellence, Stacy’s career has kept her firmly rooted in the power of storytelling and community-driven change.
With a diverse background in the education and non-profit arenas — and deep knowledge of the Chicago landscape — Stacy brings a keen eye for both policy and politics, along with an aptitude for building relationships and helping others find their unique voice and point of view. As a former leader of a non-profit she is comfortable with big picture, strategic conversations and high-stakes decisions. Yet her time on the ground community organizing, advocating for change and working directly with teachers helps her bring an authentic, grounded lens to even the most complex situations.
Theodore Roosevelt (and Leslie Knope) said that “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” For Stacy, helping to tell stories and elevate perspectives in an effort to ensure that every single child has access to an excellent education feels like the most worthy of pursuits. Working hard and standing side-by-side with any organization striving towards this ideal will always feel like an honor and a privilege.
Most of Stacy’s spare time is spent with her husband and toddler son, chasing them both around and trying to keep up with their boundless energy. When she’s not doing that, you can likely find her reading, exercising or planning her family’s next vacation to a far off destination.
Stacy earned her bachelor’s degree in English at The George Washington University and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy at the Harris School at the University of Chicago.