The Intersection of Pop Culture and Politics
Stephanie L. Young is a communications strategist and thought leader at the intersection of culture, social impact, and Democracy. She currently serves as the Executive Director of When We All Vote, a non-partisan voting initiative launched by Michelle Obama in 2018. During her time as Executive Director, Stephanie has created and implemented the inaugural Culture of Democracy Summit— a four-day convening that brought together a cross-section of industry leaders from tech, music, sports, entertainment, corporate and civic engagement to explore their individual and collective roles in expanding and protecting Democracy. Under her leadership, Stephanie also led a brand refresh for the organization, expanded the celebrity Co-Chair roster, and implemented new advocacy and chapter leader organizing programs.
In 2020, as the Chief Officer for Communications and Culture, Stephanie led When We All Vote’s messaging and cultural strategy that helped register over 500,000 voters— the largest increase in voter participation in over 120 years. She brought strong partnerships to the table and helped recruit over 400 artists, athletes, and influencers to help the campaign reach over 220 million individuals on social media.
Stephanie has over 15 years of strategic communications and public engagement experience ranging from the Obama White House, political campaigns, House Democratic Leadership, and leading television networks BET and NBC.
During her time in the Obama Administration, she had the unique opportunity of serving in two critical roles as the Associate Communications Director and then as the Senior Public Engagement Advisor in the Office of Public Engagement. Prior to her White House stint, she worked as the National Press Secretary for Majority Leader Hoyer and Communications Director for the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).
Stephanie is a graduate of Hampton University who currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Study Group: The Intersection of Pop Culture and Politics
Explore how popular culture influences our elections, our political process, and shapes our democracy. From the political figures we're attracted to, to the way we get our news and stay informed, pop culture influences all of it— so why does it tend to be underestimated, instead of recognizing its immense power? Together, we will take an in-depth look at how media, sports, music, and entertainment have infiltrated the way we look at ourselves, our government and our country.
Tuesdays, 2 - 4 p.m. PT, SOS B15
Start Date: January 24, 2023
End Date: April 4, 2023
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