Stephanie Bello is an accomplished, results-oriented, and creative Government and CommunityAffairs professional with experience in the private, government, nonprofit, and political sectors.She is highly skilled in stakeholder engagement, strategic planning, and critical problem solving, and has a passion for empowering historically marginalized communities and creating innovative solutions.
Stephanie is currently the State Partnership Engagement Manager in the State Fiscal Policy team at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). In this role, she leads complex process improvement projects and cross-department workgroups to optimize targeted state partner outreach. She also serves as a guide to the State Priorities Partnership (SPP) network’sSteering Committee and five Advisory Committees and manages the SPP’s online community network, which serves as a hub for state policy experts across the country and fosters community engagement to encourage sharing and learning among members.
Prior to joining CBPP, she served as the Deputy City Clerk at the City of Charlotte where she managed relations with the Mayor, City Council, and boards and commissions, oversaw day-to-day department operations, and maintained the recorded history of government actions.In addition, she created a department-wide equity and inclusion plan to ensure public accessibility, transparency, and accountability by executing and expanding the City’s LanguageAccess and ADA policies, while modernizing public engagement processes.
Previously, Stephanie worked as a Government and Community Affairs Specialist atConsolidated Edison, one of the largest energy companies in the United States. In this role, she managed public and intergovernmental relations, created partnerships, and liaised with elected officials, community boards, community-based organizations, and customers.
Stephanie also worked as the Director of Community Affairs for New York City Council MemberMark Levine, where she oversaw constituent services, community relations, events, and day-to-day operations for the district office. She was also his Campaign Manager for his 2017re-election, where she was instrumental in securing 75% of the total constituent vote in the NewYork City 2017 primary.
In 2013, she was selected by the Korean National Institute for International Education to teachEnglish in Daejeon, South Korea, and the year after was named a Fulbright English TeachingAssistant Grantee by the presidentially appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign ScholarshipBoard to teach English in Medellin, Colombia. She is also a 2018 New York City New LeadersCouncil Fellow and the current Institute Chair at the Washington, DC chapter.
Stephanie is a first-generation immigrant from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. Stephanie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies and Spanish from Queens University of Charlotte.
During her time at National Urban Fellows, she hopes to work with municipalities to educate and urge elected leaders to pass equitable policies with a focus on government accessibility and immigrant integration. She also hopes to learn more about strategy development and equity assessment and improve her leadership and facilitation skills.