Areas of Expertise

Development, Capital Campaigns, Strategic Planning, Nonprofit Management

Stephanie Hanson  |  Associate


Stephanie brings a diverse nonprofit background with experience in strategic planning, fundraising, board leadership, leadership development, program and volunteer management. At Capacity Partners, Stephanie has worked on strategic planning and fundraising projects for clients, including strategic planning for Loudoun Youth and Loudoun Commission on Women and Girls. She managed a year-long individual giving campaign for Arts for the Aging, worked with another Capacity Partners consultant to provide a development plan to NextStop Theatre Company in Herndon, VA, and conducted a capital campaign feasibility study for The Puppet Company. Stephanie has a strong interest in leadership and organizational change, and she currently facilitates an online course titled Leading Healthy Teams for National Arts Strategies’ Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy.

In previous roles, Stephanie managed a capital campaign and annual fund for a small private school and served as Leadership Development Program Manager for the national arts advocacy organization Americans for the Arts. In a volunteer capacity, she has co-chaired the DC Emerging Arts Leaders Network, participated as a grants panelist for both the Arts Council of Fairfax County and Alexandria Commission for the Arts, and chaired the board of directors and development committee for Arts on the Horizon, a theatre company that produces interactive and non-verbal performances for children ages 0 – 6 and their families.

Stephanie holds an undergraduate degree in Music Performance from Miami University of Ohio, and an M.A. in Arts Management from American University. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and two young children.

Education & Certification

Miami University of Ohio, Bachelors in Music Performance
American University, Masters, Arts Management


Arts for the Aging, Chevy Chase Recreation Association, The Child Care & Learning Center, Dumbarton House Museum, EveryMind, Loudoun Youth, Loudoun Commission on Women & Girls (LCWAG), Manna Food Center, Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy (MCAEL), NextStop Theatre, The Puppet Co., Virginia Women’s Equality Coalition

Community Service

Development Committee, Washington Waldorf School

Get to know me

A favorite day for Stephanie includes an early morning hike, spending time with her husband and young children at home or in their hometown of Vienna, VA, and ending the day with yoga and a good book.

Favorite Quote

“Never regret a day in your life; good days give happiness, bad days give experience, worst days give lessons, and best days give memories.” – Anonymous