Stacey is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio where she attended the University of Cincinnati earning a B.A. in Political Science and a Certificate in Judaic Studies.
Stacey took some time to study abroad in Nairobi Kenya and upon moving to Chicago obtained a master’s degree in Urban Planning and Public Policy from University of Illinois – Chicago (UIC). Stacey was among the inaugural cohort of Spertus/Northwestern’s Certificate in Jewish Leadership.
Stacey’s career is rich with experience working in non-profit and civic organizations such as the Policy Director for Chicago’s Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA) advocating for housing and criminal justice reforms, community development and Jewish/African-American dialogue. Stacey passion for community building led to rewarding leadership in non-profit real estate development included as Senior Director of Real Estate Development at Bethel New Life, and then as Associate Executive Director of North Lawndale Development Corp.
Stacey is passionate about supporting individuals and families to alleviate generational poverty. In addition, Stacey is an active member of the OPRF community for over 20 years, enjoys traveling, writing and public speaking, and Jewish African American relationship building.
Favorite New Moms value: “GRIT. It does not matter where you come from, it is where you are determined to go THEN give back!”
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