Introducing Stacy Stout, our speaker for this year's Leadership Awards! Stacy Stout is the Director of the Office of Equity & Engagement with the City of Grand Rapids and oversees the City’s community engagement, equity, diversity and inclusion strategies and framework. Key pillars of the work are to lead with racial justice, embed equity into policy and practice for long-term change, invest in resident leadership and to create systems of equitable economic and wealth building opportunities.
Stacy brings a strong racial equity and community empowerment lens to the work, pulling on her lived experience and training as a former Michigan team member at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Dean of Students at Burton Middle School with Grand Rapids Public Schools, and as the former Education Director at the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan. She is currently a K-Connect board trustee, member of the GRPS Native American Education Program (NAEP) Parent Committee, and is one of four co-founders of the Latina Network of West Michigan that has a vision to be a catalyst for systemic change through leadership development, a space of cultural belonging, and reclaiming the Latina narrative.
She has been recognized with the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Youth Professional award, Young Professional of the Year award by the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber, Community Improvement award by the Grand Rapids Young Professionals, GR Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty designation, one of the 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan and most recently received the 2018 #NGen Leadership Award from the Independent Sector. She earned both her undergraduate degree in biology and her master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in nonprofit leadership and management from Grand Valley State University.
She resides in Grand Rapids with her partner and children. Stacy, a self-proclaimed outgoing introvert, enjoys reading books by women authors of color, camping, laughing, baking cookies, hosting get-togethers, trying new foods, gardening and pretending she will eventually do the hundreds of projects she has pinned on Pinterest!