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Stephanie Hartka

Stephanie Hartka, smiling, standing in front of a wooden bookcase and a egg blue colored wall.

Stephanie currently serves as NoVo Foundation’s Senior Associate, supporting a range of grantmaking initiatives and emergent projects. She primarily supports the Senior Director and Co-Presidents within the SEL initiative and emergent opportunities. Since she joined NoVo in 2014, Stephanie has co-created grantmaking programs, gatherings, and strategies centering Indigenous communities and continues in her support of the Spirit Aligned Leadership Program.

Always inspired by the interdisciplinary, emergent, and intersectional, Stephanie graduated from Goddard College with a BA focusing on auto-ethnography through nonfiction creative writing and visual art. She spent her college years pursuing service learning opportunities and place-based studies across Latin America and Europe. In 2010, she supported a community-led education initiative in an Amazonian Achuar community in Ecuador, where she lived as a volunteer and educator.

Prior to NoVo, Stephanie served at the Tides Foundation as a philanthropic advisor supporting the Indigenous People’s Fund grantmaking, and an array of fiscal sponsorship administration for social justice organizations. Additionally, Stephanie served as the program manager for the Colin Higgins Foundation’s annual Youth Courage Awards, which awards LGBTQ+ teens for their activism and courage.

With deep roots in the Hudson Valley of New York, Stephanie spends her spare time pursuing her love of plants and herbalism studies, decolonized folk healing traditions and practices, or writing and drawing in wild places, preferably by a body of water.

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” –Chief Seattle