Chief Executive Officer
Stephanie Summers is the CEO of the Center for Public Justice, an independent, non-partisan civic education and public policy organization based in Washington, D.C. CPJ works to equip citizens, develop leaders and shape policy through a variety of initiatives including its publications Public Justice Review and Shared Justice. 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, 2015). A frequent speaker and moderator, she also contributed a chapter to the edited volume The Church’s Social Responsibility (Christian Library Press, 2015), and has written for publications including Comment and Q Ideas.
Stephanie serves on several advisory boards including the Bright Promise Fund for Urban Christian Education, the Centre for Christian Scholarship at Redeemer University College, and the Banking on the Margins project for Cardus. 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. She chairs the board of The McIlvaine Fund, an alumni and parent group supporting the CCO (Coalition for Christian Outreach) campus ministry at her undergraduate alma mater, Kenyon College.
She has extensive experience in managing nonprofit organizations, building strategic partnerships, and working with volunteers to grow organizational capacity and impact.
Prior to her appointment at the Center for Public Justice, 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.