Philanthropy New York Welcomes Stephanie Boarden as Chief of Staff

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Philanthropy New York Welcomes Stephanie Boarden as Chief of Staff

Philanthropy New York is thrilled to welcome Stephanie Boarden as PNY’s new Chief of Staff. 

In this role, Stephanie will serve as a strategic partner and trusted advisor to the CEO and leadership team as we steward the organization’s journey to live our values. Stephanie will collaborate with the board, staff, and members to align our organizational strategy, implementation, and learning. She brings deep expertise in helping stakeholders craft shared commitments to and accountability for racial equity in organizational culture and practice. And, she comes to this role having already contributed leadership to the PNY community as a faculty member for PNY’s Essential Skills and Strategies for New Program Officers from 2018-2020. 


Stephanie’s most recent role was as the Associate Director, Learning and Grant Making at the Open Society Foundations (OSF) in the Public Health program. Boarden has a background in public health, research, and program evaluation and has applied those skills to work in maternal health, HIV/AIDS, and public policy in the U.S. and abroad. As Associate Director, Stephanie developed and oversaw the program’s antiracist and de-colonial learning agenda, planned and executed program-wide learning, capacity building, and assessment processes, and she contributed to the development of OSF’s organization-wide guidance for applying values of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) into their grantmaking practice.

Prior to joining OSF, Stephanie was an Associate Director at PolicyLink, a national research and advocacy organization in the U.S. focused on advancing racial, economic, and social equity. While there, she supported policy advocacy and provided technical assistance and training to a range of stakeholders in philanthropy, civil society, and government. Stephanie has also worked for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, managing community-based research and program evaluation efforts in the Brooklyn District Public Health office.

She is currently a Board Member for Friends of WHEELS (FOW). FOW was established to support students attending WHEELS – a public school in Washington Heights and amplifies youth and community power by inspiring, guiding, and advocating for youth to determine their college, career, and leadership futures.

A California native, Stephanie holds a Master’s in Public Health from UC Berkeley and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.  

Stephanie will be joining the Philanthropy New York team on October 18!

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