Development Associate

ssorich@chicagodebates.org

Stephanie is the CEO of grants: researching, writing, and everything in between. Stephanie works very closely with both new and existing donors to foster a positive relationship with those who make the Chicago Debates mission possible.

Stephanie has always been passionate about working hard at work worth doing (or at least since she heard the phrase on Parks and Recreation). As a former high school speech competitor who continues to judge for her alma mater each season, Stephanie is enthralled to have found an organization filled with individuals equally as passionate about the impact of activities like speech and debate.

Stephanie has two B.A.s in Global Politics and Social Justice Studies From Miami University of Ohio. In college, she was a competitor on Miami University’s James C. Lewis Family Mock Trial team, which won a national championship during her three years on the team. Stephanie spent her time at school as a mentor for the Acropolis Greek Leadership program, participating in a Multilateral Diplomacy study abroad program in Switzerland, and bartending at her favorite restaurant uptown. She spent her senior year as an undergraduate research associate for The Prosecution Project, a team devoted to studying the prosecution of terrorism in the United States. 

Though Stephanie is new to the debate world, she is proud to know she is part of an organization dedicated to bringing this life-changing activity to the middle and high schoolers of Chicago. In her free time, she loves to bake for her friends, listen to podcasts, shop, read historical fiction, spend time outside, and create overly extensive agendas for her next girls’ trip.