Chief Executive Officer
Stephanie Summers is the CEO of the Center for Public Justice, a Christian, independent, non-partisan civic education and public policy organization based in Washington, D.C. The Center works to equip citizens, develop leaders and shape policy through a variety of initiatives. She is a co-author with Michael J. Gerson and Katie Thompson of Unleashing Opportunity: Why Escaping Poverty Requires a Shared Vision of Justice (Falls City Press). A frequent speaker and moderator, she also contributed a chapter to the edited volume The Church’s Social Responsibility (Christian Library Press), and has written for publications including Comment and Q Ideas. Stephanie is an award recipient of the first-ever Duke Divinity Reflective Leadership Grant, which she will fulfill on behalf of the Center in 2019.
The Center operates, under Stephanie’s leadership, two publications for Christian political formation, Public Justice Review and Shared Justice; Political Discipleship, a small group curriculum; the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance and Sacred Sector, which encourage faith-based organizations to live out their faith-based callings; and Families Valued, which produces research on work and caregiving dynamics.
Stephanie serves on several faith-based nonprofit advisory boards. She earned her master’s degree in nonprofit management from Eastern University, where she holds an appointment to the board of fellows for the PhD in Organizational Leadership.
Prior to her appointment at the Center, she spent 12 years with the CCO, where her roles included Vice President for the Eastern Region and Vice President for Organizational Development. Stephanie began her career in nonprofit administration as executive director of The Open Door, a church-based youth center in Pittsburgh, PA. She and her husband, Jason E. Summers, are residents of the District of Columbia.