Stephanie R. McLemore Bray


Stephanie has 35 years of experience in the non-profit sector, having served local, regional, and national organizations and institutions. Her areas of expertise include fundraising, volunteer management, strategic planning, and program development. She is the founder of Touchstone Leadership Group, a consulting and project management firm. She served as Chief Engagement Officer at Seattle Foundation, a community foundation serving Seattle and King County. Prior to that role, she was President and CEO of United Way California Capital Region. Stephanie has served in executive leadership roles at San Francisco General Hospital Foundation and UC Davis Health System. A graduate of Douglass College, Rutgers, and the State University of New Jersey, Stephanie was a participant in Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management in July 2012. She is currently on the board of the Hurston Wright Foundation and Pacific University’s Masters in Nonprofit Leadership Program’s Advisory Council, Seattle Social Venture Partners, and Orchid Capital Collective. She has lectured on philanthropy at UC Davis School of Management and the Pacific University of Oregon. Her essays and scholarly articles on philanthropy and the Black maternal health crisis have been published in the journal Health Equity, USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism,, and In 2018, Stephanie founded Black Women Write, a Sacramento-based organization that uplifts and supports Black women writers on the path to publication.