Stephanie Ellis-Smith

Senior Advisor, The Giving Practice

Stephanie Ellis-Smith works with individuals, families, foundations and corporations to enhance their giving in light of their goals and best practices in the field. For nearly 20 years, Stephanie has devoted her private and professional life to the advancement of high-impact organizations. Whether consulting on non-profit strategic plans, stakeholder engagement, funding panels or corporate social responsibility programs, Stephanie is known for her generative thinking that sparks the new ideas that lead to actionable results.

She has been an active leader on many non-profit boards and government-appointed commissions. With a broad array of professional expertise in the civic sector, Stephanie is sought out particularly for her discerning yet rigorous work on equity, planning, evaluation and facilitation.

She has received numerous awards including Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” and the Seattle Weekly’s “Best Expander of Cultural Boundaries.” Stephanie received her bachelor’s degree from UCLA, is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP), and a Certified 21/64 Advisor in multi-generational family philanthropy. She is married to the Russian historian, Douglas Smith and has two teenagers and a Doberman.