meet the principal


Stephanie Thomas

With two decades of professional experience, Stephanie navigated Fortune 500 organizations on Wall Street, a United States Presidential campaign at national committee headquarters on Capitol Hill, and venerated minority depository institutions. Over the course of her career, she played a key role in managing strategic relationships with various community stakeholders, nonprofits, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), municipal partners and elected officials, particularly in support of the community economic development, financial empowerment and inclusion, small business ecosystem development, access to capital, and community banking. Her leadership and program design, development, and execution of capacity building programs and partnerships, regional community development agenda, and economic and social impact efforts and performance are nationally recognized and awarded.

Stephanie studied Organizational Management at Mercy College and holds a Certificate in Theology & Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary. She is a proud alumna of Coro Leadership New York, the prestigious Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, and the White House Project. Stephanie was named the inaugural City & State Reports Corporate Social Responsibility Award recipient for New York’s Banking, Finance & Insurance sector - Distinguished Service in Promoting Financial Literacy and Inclusion. In 2017, She was named as one of the Next City Vanguards – forty “40 and Under” of the best and brightest urban leaders and innovators working to improve and change cities. 

Currently, Stephanie serves on the Board of Directors for Black Girl Ventures, Inc. and YSocialWork, Inc.