Ms. Mellinger has over 16 years of experience creating, coordinating and executing fundraising plans as well as small and large scale events for politicians, political parties and non-profits. In July of 2001, she started The Mellinger Group, LLC to provide fundraising, campaign and event management services to political candidates and other organizations.
In 1997, Stephanie began working as a junior then senior associate for a prominent political consulting firm in Baltimore. She then became the legislative director for a Maryland State Senator in November of 1999. In April of 2000, Stephanie was contracted to organize and direct the annual awards gala for the Maryland Democratic Party, at the that time the single largest fundraiser for the Party. As a result of exceeding the fundraising goal for the dinner, in June of 2000, the Maryland Democratic Party hired Stephanie to be the Finance Director for the 2000 Coordinated Campaign. Stephanie developed and managed the fundraising programs to secure the resources for the campaign and operating budgets totaling $1.1 million for the 2000 Coordinated Campaign and Democratic National Convention activities.
On July 1, 2001, Stephanie founded The Mellinger Group, LLC (TMG). Her first contract was to produce the Annual Maryland Legislative Black Caucus Gala and she was so successful in doing so that the previous fundraising record was doubled. Clients of TMG have a track record of exceeding previous fundraising totals and goals. Since its inception, TMG has organized and executed finance plans, as well as large and small scale events, for clients such as Congressman Matt Cartwright (D-PA), Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), US Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Democratic Candidate for Congress Upendra Chivukula (D-NJ), both the Pennsylvania and Maryland State Senate Democratic Campaign Committees, Former Congressman Bobby Bright (D-AL), Former Congressman Albert Wynn (D-MD), Mfume for US Senate, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. (D-MD), Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young and many others.