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Stacy Lightfoot

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Stacy Lightfoot

Vice President, College and Career Success
Public Education Foundation, Chattanooga

As PEF’s Vice President of College & Success Initiatives, Stacy has used her skills and expertise in non-profit work to help students see college as a worthwhile possibility. She enjoys working with students from all socio-economic backgrounds to ensure student success, but she is especially passionate about closing opportunity gaps for students of color and those from impoverished backgrounds. In January 2016, she was part of the launch of PEF’s STEP-UP Chattanooga program, a robust high school internship program, that connects low-income students to Chattanooga’s top companies and organizations. To date, STEP-UP Chattanooga has trained over 1,000 Hamilton County students placing 500 students in internships across the city. She leads various committees and projects partnering regularly with institutions of higher education, philanthropy, non-profits and businesses to dramatically change postsecondary outcomes for the most marginalized students.

In May of 2015, Stacy was invited by U.S.Senator Lamar Alexander to testify before the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on what families need to know to make informed decisions about college. In February 2017, she was invited back to Washington to speak to congressional staff about simplifying the federal financial form. This new policy, led by Senator Alexander, would dramatically and positively impact college-going students across the country.

Before joining PEF, Stacy worked at the College Access Center, a non-profit founded by Susan Street, until it merged with PEF in 2009. Mrs. Street was Stacy’s former high school college counselor. Stacy received a bachelor’s degree in Communications & Theater from DePauw University in Indiana and master’s degree in International Service from the University of Roehampton in London,England. As part of her graduate program, she taught mathematics and English in Kingston, Jamaica.

‍On top of a busy work and community schedule, Stacy was the primary caretaker of her mother for seventeen years until her recent passing in February of 2019. She has a ten-year-old son, Dallas, who’s currently in the 4th grade.