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Stephanie Roesner

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Full-Time PhD Student


Stephanie Roesner was born and raised in the city of Philadelphia, PA. Stephanie moved back to her beloved city from Baltimore, Maryland in late 2019. She had been working in federal agencies, political campaigns, nonprofit and fundraising organizations, university, and deaf schools.

In her undergraduate and volunteering years, she was selected as a fellow for a mayoral campaign in the city of Philadelphia, PA for James Francis Kenney in his first term candidacy, and she was an intern for the high profile congressman, Bob Brady, at the Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. She decided to continue working on her Masters in Public Policy and then interned for Rep. Joanna E. McClinton, the first woman and first African American to be elected as House Democratic Caucus Chair, as well as the first woman elected House Democratic Leader.

In the past, Stephanie worked for the Department of Defense headquarters and received certification by the United States Ambassador, Social Security Administration headquarters, and Naval Sea Systems Command Philadelphia Division. During her PhD period, she worked for the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C. and she worked in the voting rights department. After she completed her internship, she received the DNC certification and then landed at the Naval Sea Systems Command Philadelphia Division agency in the city of Philadelphia, P.A. At the same time, she taught two virtual courses at Bloomsburg University for a semester. In the present, she represents her minority community and the majority of disabled communities across the United States.

Stephanie is Deaf and uses American Sign Language, which is part of her cultural and minority identity for Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities. With encouragement from friends, colleagues, and neighbors, she wants to run for political office. She shows a lot of her passion and leadership abilities, and cultural diversity is emphasized in her values. She hopes to complete her PhD degree in the next two years and she currently enjoys reading, hiking, and volunteering activities.