Stefanie Leigh Plant
Enterprise Development and Employment Technical Advisor
International Rescue Committee

Stefanie works to smooth the transition from basic needs-based humanitarian assistance to longer term development through the design of initiatives centered around entrepreneurship, microfranchising, private sector partnerships, job skills training, and financial inclusion — all aimed to improve the livelihoods of displaced persons, impoverished host communities, and those still remaining in a conflict or disaster setting.

Her background working with social enterprises, nonprofits, and NGOs is complemented by a wealth of experience across the developing world, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to IRC, Stefanie worked to improve health infrastructure in Tanzania as a program director with the Touch Foundation, served as a strategy and implementation consultant to NGOs and nonprofits in human rights, advocacy, healthcare, and education with the firm CCS, and managed an international industrial supply chain and distribution operation in the private sector.

Stefanie holds a BA in economics from Harvard University and an MBA with concentrations in strategic management, entrepreneurship, and marketing from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.