Stephanie Geller - Research Specialist, Community Wealth Building
Stephanie Geller has served as a Research Specialist for the Democracy Collaborative since 2012. Her work in the community wealth building field began in the mid-1990s, when she provided research support to the Collaborative’s co-founder, Gar Alperovitz. Stephanie also is the founder and director of Community Wealth Builders, a Baltimore-based nonprofit initiative aiming to nurture a stronger, vibrant, sustainable city economy based on inclusiveness, equity, and broad, local ownership.
Previously, Stephanie worked at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, where she focused on promoting community wealth building strategies and models such as worker-owned cooperatives, social enterprises, and community land trusts. In this role, she created and co-taught with faculty from the UMD business and law schools the first-ever, joint MSW, MBA, and JD graduate-level class, which engaged students in analyzing whether cooperative enterprises could help create quality jobs and anchor capital back into the West Baltimore community.
Stephanie’s previous nonprofit experience includes nearly fifteen years as a Research Project Manager at Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Civil Society Studies, where she managed, oversaw, and coordinated all facets of the Center’s two major research projects focused on U.S. nonprofit organizations. In this role, she also played a lead role in designing survey instruments, analyzing complex datasets, and developing comprehensive reports highlighting research findings.
Stephanie received her MSW with a specialization in Social and Community Development from the University of Maryland School of Social Work, has a BS in Urban and Regional Studies from Cornell University, and completed graduate-level public policy training at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.