Celina Stewart

Chief Operating Officer

Celina Stewart

Celina Stewart is Chief Operating Officer, where she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization. In her current role, she spreads her time between managing the development team in maintaining the highest stewardship standards with individual donors and executing the organization's two annual fundraising events; and working to ensure that the organization is financially and culturally sound. 

Prior to being COO, Celina directed FairVote’s individual gift  and worked alongside the Executive Director in managing the grant funding, reporting, and annual giving programs. Her day-to-day workload included managing several funding streams, developing a comprehensive fund development strategy, working to increase donor support and overseeing the implementation of the organization's development goals.

Before joining FairVote, Celina was as a litigation consultant to several Am 100 law firms handling complex merger and acquisition transactions. She also  worked in the legislatures of Michigan and Georgia handling the public interest portfolio for the House Tax Chair; and as Legal Counsel to the Minority Leader at the Georgia House of Representatives. As Legal Counsel, she assisted in developing and implementing the Caucus’s legislative agenda and was appointed to Reapportionment Counsel where she led a team of technical mappers and legal assistants to draw alternative redistricting maps in compliance with Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. After re-locating to DC, Celina acted as Director for the Congressional Black Caucus Institute’s 21st Century program, where she oversaw all quarterly conferences and solicited corporate sponsors who worked with members of congress to produce the Annual Report, a policy recommendation manual presented to the President of the United States. 

Celina earned her J.D. from Western Michigan University Law School and her B.A. in Sociology from Spelman College. She currently serves on the Boards of the Bar Association of DC and the National Association of Advancement of Colored People (NAACP-DC). Celina is Diversity Co-Chair and an editor of Raising The Bar publication at the Women’s Bar Association of DC. She is also an American Bar Foundation Law Practice Fellow.

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Posts by Celina Stewart

Let's start talking about solutions: We need to push beyond our broken, polarized politics

Posted on June 16, 2017

This week, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot, and several others were injured, by an Illinois man who targeted 20 GOP lawmakers practicing for the annual Congressional baseball game. The shooter, identified as James T. Hodgkinson, was shot by officers at the scene and later died, and described by friends and family as a frustrated critic of the Trump administration.

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