Stefani grew up playing in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, specializing in communications, relationship management and turning talk into action. While she feels like home in a start-up culture, she also spent time working abroad in a large corporate setting during a complex international bank take-over.
Stefani started her career learning how to fundraise from one of the best nonprofit fundraising machines in the world, the Girl Scouts. This led to the flip side – strategically and responsibly giving away upwards of $70 million annually to California nonprofits at the James Irvine Foundation. She then helped launch the 1st foundation led collaborative for Oregon – The Chalkboard Project, a statewide engagement initiative addressing K-12 public education issues facing the state.
In 2004, Stefani took her love for adventure abroad and explored European living, where she shifted to the corporate world and spent time managing the HR transition at ABN AMRO bank during a complex international take-over by Royal Bank of Scotland, Fortis and Santander. At the same time, she kept her passion for social causes alive by helping Women Win introduce themselves to the world.
After returning to the States, Stefani joined Context Partners, a consulting firm who empowers communities to solve problems. Together they moved from a start-up to a mid-sized company, with her focus being on developing staff and ensuring high quality client deliverables. Most recently, she joined the board of directors at These Numbers Have Faces, an international NGO providing loans to university scholars in Africa.
Stefani’s academic life was spent at Westmont College, where she graduated with a BA in Communications Studies and a minor in Spanish. She has an addiction to travel, reading, running and hanging out with her always entertaining husband and 2 small kids.