Director of Policy & Partnerships, Healthy People & Thriving Communities Program
Stephanie Gidigbi champions public policy solutions that promote economic, social, and environmental benefits for communities. She fosters strategic partnerships to advance federal campaigns, coalition efforts, social equity, and climate justice. She also coordinates NRDC's effort in advancing a federal plan for 21st Century infrastructure investments and elevating social system change strategies as Policy Director for the Strong, Prosperous, And Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC) initiative. Gidigbi previously served as a political appointee in the Obama Administration, where she advanced the administration's economic opportunity agenda at the U.S. Department of Transportation. She was also previously appointed as the New Jersey Director for Public Engagement, overseeing the Hurricane Sandy Taskforce, under the leadership of the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to support the federal disaster response in the region. She began her career on Capitol Hill and served as a liaison for the Congressional Black Caucus International Task Force, coordinating the response for the 2010 Haiti Earthquake Recovery. Gidigbi brings over a decade of international, federal, state, and local government experience working with elected, business, and community leaders. She holds a master's degree from Seton Hall University. She is based in NRDC's Washington, D.C. office.