Stephanie Blank is a longtime advocate in Georgia for children’s issues. She has chaired Gov. Nathan Deal’s Commission on Child Welfare Reform, served on First Lady Sandra Deal’s Children’s Cabinet, served on Gov. Deal’s Child Mental Health Commission, and is currently a member of First Lady Kemp’s GRACE commission (Georgians for Refuge, Action, Compassion, and Education) fighting human trafficking. She is the founding chair of GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students – a not-for-profit focusing statewide on children birth to age five. She is also the co-founder of Mothers and Others for Clean Air, serves on the system board and chairs the quality committee for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, served on the national board of Jumpstart, serves on the board of REACH – Georgia, and is immediate past Trustee chair for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, having served as the prior corporate board chair. She is a member of the Atlanta Rotary Club and served as the program committee chair. She also served as the chair of the capital campaign to build the Children’s Museum of Atlanta and on Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s transition team following his first election. As a professional interior designer, Stephanie was the design liaison for The AMB Family Office, the Georgia Dome Atlanta Falcon’s remodel, the Atlanta Falcons training camp, and the Pace Academy Upper School.
Prior to her philanthropic career, she was with the Home Depot as a buyer/merchandiser/designer and created a national marketing/merchandise program for all stores nationally. She also spent 17 years gaining valuable experience with children’s issues, best practices, and not-for-profit management as a trustee of the A.M. Blank Family Foundation. She currently serves as president of her own foundation.
She is the recipient of the 2019 Community Champion award from Christian City, the 2019 Rev. Ross Johnson Humanitarian of the Year from Buckhead Rotary, the 2011 United Way of Metro Atlanta Women’s Leadership awardee for Excellence in Education, the 2007 Voices for Georgia Children “Big Voice” awardee, the 2002 YWCA of Greater Atlanta Woman of Achievement, the 2001 recipient of the Atlanta Anti-Defamation League Abe Goldstein Human Relations Award and the 2000 Georgia Philanthropist of the Year from the National Society of Fundraising Executives.
Most importantly, she is the proud mother of Joshua, Max, and Kylie.