Stephanie’s inspiration to be a public servant was the example set by her mother, former State Representative Annie L. Key and her service to our community is centered on the quote by Dorothy Height “We have to improve life, not just for those who have the most skills and those who know how to manipulate the system. But also for and with those who often have so much to give but never get the opportunity”. Stephanie earned a B.S. in Civil (Environmental) Engineering from Florida A&M University and a M.A. in Environmental Studies from Cleveland State University.
STEPHANIE'S THRIVING CAREER
Stephanie has the honor of representing Ohio’s House District 11, which includes the communities of Cleveland, Garfield Heights and Newburgh Heights. Serving in the Ohio General Assembly since 2015, she currently serves on the Aging and Long-Term Care Committee, Finance Committee, and Subcommittee on Transportation and Transportation and Public Safety Committee. As a public servant, Stephanie is dedicated to connecting residents to career and entrepreneurship opportunities to break the cycle of generational poverty, enhancing access to early childhood education and STEM (science, technology, mathematics, and engineering) education, promoting health and wellness and providing support for caregivers delivering long-term care.
Stephanie is the President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus and has been recognized as a Reproductive Justice & Beyond Ambassador from New Voices for Reproductive Justice. Has received numerous awards for her work in the community, most recently the 2019 Persister Award from the Cuyahoga Democratic Women’s Caucus for her unwavering commitment to speaking up against harmful policies that create disparities within communities of color and the 2019 A Step Above Award from Groundwork Ohio for her dedication to working to ensure our children can live healthier and vibrant lives in Ohio. Stephanie is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Church of Christ at the Boulevard, the National Caucus for Environmental Legislators and an advocate for the Cleveland chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.