This weekend, Vice President Kamala Harris announced that Ms. Stephanie will be taking on the role of Senior Advisor to the Vice President. This role is a new position for the vice president’s office, meant to take a birds-eye approach to manage Harris’ overall communications platform and political engagement but not fill the role of a day-to-day communications director.
Stephanie L. Young is a sought-after thought leader at the intersection of culture, social impact, and Democracy. She is also a leading communications and brand strategist with a proven track record of building strong connections and developing messaging, content and creative solutions for issues involving culture, entertainment, justice and Democracy in the public and private sectors.
Stephanie previously served as the Executive Director of When We All Vote, a non-partisan voting initiative launched by Michelle Obama in 2018. During her time as Executive Director, Stephanie has created and implemented the inaugural Culture of Democracy Summit— a four-day convening that brought together a cross section of industry leaders from tech, music, sports, entertainment, corporate and civic engagement to explore their individual and collective roles in expanding and protecting Democracy.
The bi-annual Summit included a Keynote address from Michelle Obama, 85+ speakers, 1,000+ in-person attendees, 179k+ livestreams, 205M+ impressions and 73k engagements on social media, and remains a growing brand for When We All Vote. Under her leadership, Stephanie also led a brand refresh for the organization, expanded the celebrity Co-Chair roster and implemented new advocacy and chapter leader organizing programs.
In 2020 as the Chief Officer for Communications and Culture, Stephanie led When We All Vote’s messaging and cultural strategy that helped register over 500,000 voters— the largest increase in voter participation in over 120 years. She brought strong partnerships to the table and helped recruit over 400 artists, athletes, and influencers to help the campaign reach over 220 million individuals on social media.
Stephanie has over 15 years of strategic communications and public engagement experience ranging from the Obama White House, political campaigns, House Democratic Leadership and leading television networks BET and NBC Cable Ent.
During her time in the Obama Administration, she had the unique opportunity of serving in two critical roles as the Associate Communications Director and then as the Senior Public Engagement Advisor in the Office of Public Engagement. Before her White House stint, she worked as the National Press Secretary for Majority Leader Hoyer and Communications Director for the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).
Stephanie is a graduate of Hampton University who has also lived in Atlanta, Cape Town, Dallas, Jacksonville, Washington D.C, and Brooklyn before moving to Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of the late Bishop McKinley Young and Episcopal Supervisor Dr. Dorothy Jackson Young.