Gwen Stembridge (she/her/hers) comes to this work through a passion for bringing people together across barriers. In addition to being reared in a LGBTQ-affirming faith community in Atlanta and graduating from a women’s college in South Carolina, she was compelled to serve as a fellow in the Interfaith Youth Core, the Episcopal Service Corps, and as an Ohio Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA.
Since moving to Cleveland in 2011, she has worked with organizations such as Greater Cleveland Congregations, Trinity Cathedral, the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, and Near West Theatre. She served as Director of Programs for an innovative partnership between HandsOn Northeast Ohio and the United Way of Greater Lorain County to building capacity to positively impact systems of education, health, and financial stability in the mixed urban, rural, and suburban county.
Most recently, she served as Northeast Ohio Coordinator for Equality Ohio, managing community partnerships and municipal education and advocacy. She is thrilled with the opportunity to leverage her skills and passions as Statewide Civic Engagement Director and looks forward to expanding Equality Ohio’s opportunities to educate Ohioans about their rights, build leaders, and forge paths to effective advocacy. She values the power of both hospitality and the arts as vehicles for moving hearts and minds.