What to Expect in the 2021 Alabama Legislative Session
The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham is excited to welcome Felicia Stewart as Senior Director, Advocacy and Community Engagement.
“When The Women’s Fund formally entered the public policy arena, we gained an important tool to advance our mission and address inequities in our state systems. The launch of our Women’s Policy Institute under the direction of Felicia is the exciting next phase of this advocacy work,” said Melanie R. Bridgeforth, President & CEO.
“Strengthening our public policy platform combined with our strategic philanthropy accelerates change. I have no doubt Felicia will elevate women’s voices in new ways through WPI and I am excited to welcome her to the team.”
Stewart brings with her impressive political organizing experience, having been in leadership on a U.S. Senate campaign and run for state office herself.
“My story is not unlike that of so many women in Alabama,” says Felicia. “I was born and raised in this state, in a working-class-at-times-middle-class family. I deeply understand and value hard work, and I know most women in our state do, too. But Alabama has a long way to go in eliminating barriers and developing an environment where hard-working women of all socio-economic and racial backgrounds can fully access educational and economic opportunities, and centers of influence
As Senior Director, Advocacy and Community Engagement, Felicia will implement the strategic vision for the Women’s Policy Institute, a grassroots leadership development initiative and public policy advocacy program of The Women’s Fund. Announced in the fall of 2020, WPI is an extension of The Women’s Fund’s advocacy work and will serve as the backbone of efforts to propel more women into policy-shaping.
“I have seen what is possible when women are brought together, trained, and provided the tools necessary to advocate for themselves and their families,” continued Felicia. “The Women’s Policy Institute will do just that, and we are excited to get our first cohort of WPI Fellows underway.”
Felicia is an active community volunteer, serves on a nonprofit board, and leads a Girl Scout patrol. She is also a member of the YMBC business club, The Women’s Network, and Baptist Church of the Covenant.
Felicia earned a B.A. from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama and an MBA from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. She and her wife, Christy, live in Homewood with their energetic twin daughters, Helen and Harper.