NewStephaniefor WebStephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter, Ph.D., M.S.W., has been promoted to the position of Vice President of Initiatives and Public Policy for the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. In her expanded role, she will develop and implement an advocacy agenda while convening key stakeholders to address needed changes in systems that impact families experiencing poverty statewide, effective Feb. 15. She remains responsible for leading two Statewide Initiatives, the Immigrant Families Initiative and the Kinship Care Initiative. She designs and manages the Foundation’s organizational strategy and mission effectiveness, ensuring community engagement and impact.

She also leads the Foundation’s diversity and inclusion work statewide, a central value to the Foundation. Serving as a knowledge resource and Foundation representative, she will continue to build important alliances and relationships on critical issues affecting children and families to raise awareness and foster action, and identify promising areas for strategic expansion of current or new Initiatives statewide. “We are excited to have Stephanie take on additional responsibilities with the Foundation. She is a proven leader who contributes greatly to our Sisters of Charity Foundation mission and family”, Tom Keith, President, Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina.

Dr. Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter joined the Foundation in 2009 as Senior Research Director. She holds a Doctorate in Social Work from the University of South Carolina and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Minnesota. She is an alumni of the Southeastern Council of Foundations Hull Fellows Program and a Riley Fellow. With more than twenty years of experience across the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, Dr. Stephanie Cooper-Lewter currently serves on the Southeastern Council of Foundations Board of Trustees, along with Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees Board of Directors. She previously served as President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia.