About Stephanie Mellinger
About Stephanie Mellinger

Stephanie helps Democratic candidates get the financial support they need to increase diversity throughout government. With the goal of making fundraising more equitable for underrepresented communities, she and her team help candidates and their staff become more comfortable and competitive asking for money. 


Since 2001, Stephanie has helped raise millions of dollars for more than 230 campaigns across the country, using traditional and non-traditional methods, including calls, events, mailings, and digital outreach. She develops and implements fundraising programs that build rapport with donors, advance causes, and drive candidates to exceed previous fundraising totals and goals. 


Stephanie has always been drawn to the idea of fairness and justice and the impact of government on people’s lives. Her company’s first contract was to produce the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus’ Annual Gala — she and her team doubled the event’s previous fundraising record. Since then, her clients have had a solid record of exceeding previous fundraising totals and goals, using her coaching, infrastructure, and systems to get and keep things organized and running effectively and efficiently. 


An honor’s graduate of Hood College with a BA in Economics and Political Sciences, Stephanie is a registered, bonded Professional Solicitor in Maryland. She’s also a 2018 graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, which gives entrepreneurs the direction and support they need to create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, financial capital and business support services. 


One of Stephanie’s mottos is “positive social change begins with a good fundraiser.” So, in addition to helping her clients to raise more money, she shares what she knows about fundraising and leadership. She’s spoken at a number of events, including as a panelist for a Baltimore Innovation Week panel on the 2020 election; as a fundraising trainer for the Maryland Democratic Party candidate training; as an instructor for a Leadership Course at Bowie State University; and as a fundraising trainer for Emerge Colorado. Stephanie is also vice president of the board of directors for the Baltimore Improv Group.