Stacey D. Stewart

  • Former U.S. President of United Way Worldwide and senior officer at the Office of Community and Charitable Giving at Fannie Mae
  • Accomplished leader with a master’s of business administration from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Georgetown University
  • Honorary degrees from Alabama A&M, Morgan State University, Texas Southern University and Trinity University

A national search of more than 200 candidates with backgrounds across nonprofit, business, government, medicine and educational sectors helped us find our new President. Stacey D. Stewart emerged as the unanimous choice to lead the March of Dimes into the future.

Mrs. Stewart is deeply committed to our mission and a visionary leader who will grow our revenue base and enhance our Foundation’s financial strength. She has a talent for bringing communities together to solve the toughest problems. She is the first African-American woman to lead the March of Dimes at an important moment in our history. Right now, not every baby has a fair chance at a healthy start because of racial and geographic disparities. As our national spokesperson, Mrs. Stewart will raise awareness of prematurity and birth defects with diverse communities and connect our mission to those families that are most in need.

“Across polio, birth defects and the prematurity campaign — few organizations have made such a lasting impact on the futures of mothers and babies as the March of Dimes,” she says. “I feel honored to join this tradition and seek new ways to reach and protect every mother and baby in the future.”

Mrs. Stewart will begin her transition to the March of Dimes this November, and will officially take the helm as our President on January 1, 2017.