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Stuart Foundation Names New President

Thursday, May 2, 2019

NCG member the Stuart Foundation has named its new President. Congratulations to Sophie Fanelli! Read the announcement below. 

The Board of Trustees of the San Francisco-based Stuart Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Sophie Fanelli as its new President. Since joining the Stuart Foundation in late 2012, Sophie has served as Senior Program Officer, Director of Education Programs, and most recently, from 2015, as Chief of Programs. Prior to joining the Foundation, Sophie was associated with UCLA as Director of Research & Policy with the Institute for Democracy, Education and Access and was a Senior Research Fellow with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. Sophie completed her undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in Law and Political Science and History Masters in France and Italy and studied at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, where she focused on international law and criminal justice. Sophie serves on the boards of the National Center for Youth Law, GSA Network, and Grantmakers for Education.

The Stuart Foundation is a private family foundation dedicated to improving life outcomes for young people through education. Primarily working through public education systems, the Foundation promotes strategies that nurture students to be self-reliant, succeed in education and careers, and engage meaningfully in their communities. The Foundation has an asset base of $520 million, a staff of 20, and makes charitable expenditures of approximately $21 million per year for the benefit of children and youth in the states of California and Washington. For more information, see


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