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Stephanie Hartka

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Stephanie comes from a family of artists, healers, and builders with rural roots in Michigan and the Hudson Valley of New York. She 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 Europe and Latin America. Stephanie has worked as a culture writer and photographer, caretaker of plants and people, and educator. In 2010, she collaborated on the creation of a community-led initiative in an Achuar community in the Ecuadorian Amazon, where she lived for six months as a volunteer.

Stephanie currently serves as NoVo Foundation’s Senior Associate working across a number of initiatives towards advancing racial and gender justice, ending violence and discrimination against girls and women, strengthening movement building, organizing and leadership among marginalized communities, and strengthening local communities. During her tenure at NoVo she has co-created and supported grantmaking programs, gatherings, and strategies centering Indigenous communities of North America, and currently holds a body of grants and emerging projects across NoVo’s initiatives.

Prior to NoVo, Stephanie served at the Tides Foundation as a Philanthropic Advisor, supporting an array of grantmaking initiatives and fiscal sponsorship administration for work grounded in Indigenous communities and social justice broadly. 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.

In her spare time, Stephanie is exploring her love for herbalism and other healing modalities.

“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