From Civil Servant to Global Advocate
In this episode, Aruna Roy tells us how she contributed to passing the Right to Information Act in India and why her fight isn't over.
Stephanie is the Chief of Communications and Campaigns. In this role, she leads global advocacy initiatives. Stephanie created and led the organization’s first integrated campaign, Break the Roles, launched its CitizenEngage storytelling project, and developed the Open Response + Open Recovery platform.
Before joining OGP, Stephanie served as a Presidential Appointee at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the lead U.S. government organization for global development and humanitarian assistance. At USAID, she was the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Public Affairs and led the divisions of strategic communications, media, public engagement, content creation, and branding. She created numerous creative campaigns for USAID including Let Girls Learn, Mom and Baby, and Extreme Possibilities. She also oversaw more than 150 communications and outreach specialists working overseas, including developing a global training program.
Prior to joining USAID, Stephanie spent more than a decade at public relations agency Weber Shandwick as Senior Vice President, Management Supervisor, and Creative Director for the Washington, D.C. office. She was also a leader of the firm’s Social Impact team where she developed communications and campaign strategies for a wide range of clients, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the United Nations Foundation, the National Women’s Law Center, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, TEDxWomen, the MAC AIDS Fund, the Ad Council and on philanthropic and policy issues for private sector companies including Cisco and Microsoft.