The Policy Circle Team

Stacy Blakeley

Stacy Blakeley brings 25 years of professional experience to her role as the CEO of The Policy Circle. Her career commenced at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. as a staffer for the House Majority Leader Dick Armey. She transitioned from planning events for political leaders and diplomats to event marketing for corporations including Dean Foods, BMW, ATT and Exxon. In 2004, Stacy pursued her life-long dream to become an attorney and graduated from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. As a commercial litigator, Stacy’s practice focused on federal class action, construction and corporate disputes. In 2013, Stacy launched KSG, an event and consulting firm that served international ministries, national nonprofits and corporations. As President of KSG, Stacy and her team built and executed communications and event strategies to fundraise, launch products and build brand awareness. As a nonprofit consultant, Stacy has helped numerous nonprofits raise millions of dollars. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Wezmore, Marketing & Communications Task Force for Girls, Inc., C-Level Advisory Board for 4word, and the Legacy Council for Fair Park.  Stacy and her husband Jeff Blakeley have two teen daughters, 2 adult stepchildren and 5 grandchildren.

Kristy Kuna

Kristy serves as the Chief Strategy and Operations Officer, overseeing The Policy Circle’s growing and diverse Membership and engagement programs, and expansion initiatives. Kristy has devoted her career to making an impact through her work in the non-profit sector, bringing more than 20 years of experience focused in organizational building, along with creation and implementation of programs, membership and engagement strategies. Her previous work has been focused in healthcare advocacy, where she successfully built a national organization from the ground-up as a founding staff member and spent 17 years helping to build a thriving and successful non-profit patient organization. Throughout her impressive tenure, Kristy was able to be an active part in key facets to non-profit development with specialized skills in community building, volunteer engagement and management, program creation and member mobilization.

Nicole Cline

Nicole Cline has spent over a decade working in the public policy space. Currently, she is responsible for The Policy Circle’s national recruitment efforts and strategic growth initiatives. In leading The Policy Circle’s expansion, Nicole plays a leading role in engaging with investors, collaborators and aligned networks to recruit aspiring civic leaders to participate in leadership programming and to become active members of The Policy Circle community. 

The Policy Circle empowers women to take ownership of solutions in their communities by providing pathways to become active citizens who are knowledgeable about the impact of public policy.  

Prior to joining The Policy Circle, Nicole was Public Affairs Manager at the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, the state’s largest business association. She worked with Connecticut’s leading companies to influence the legislative process, frequently employing grassroots and grasstops strategies to achieve legislative and regulatory goals. She is most proud of spearheading the organization’s key contact program, “Adopt a Legislator.” 

Nicole has also worked on over a dozen federal, state and local political races as a campaign manager, fundraiser and writer.

She earned her B.A. in communications and political science from the University of Connecticut. She is also a graduate of the The Campaign School at Yale University and is a member of the American Enterprise Institute’s Leadership Network. 

Nicole is also an accomplished food publisher. Her food photography and recipes have been featured on the websites of Time, Inc., Country Living, Women’s Day, The Huffington Post and Buzzfeed. Her recipes and photos can be found at seasonlycreations.com.

Sara Cribari Hill

Sara is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising where she studied to be an Inventory Planner and Buyer. Upon graduation, she started her career at Old Navy headquarters, a part of Gap Inc., in San Francisco and spent the first ten years of her career there. After five years as a Buyer for Old Navy’s international markets, she was then asked to join the Human Resources team where she specialized in organizational design, change management, and building emerging leader training programs. Following her time at Old Navy, she was CEO for her community’s Chamber of Commerce in California where she focused on rebuilding the Leadership Merced program to equip and train civic leaders. Sara then helped to start up three properties during the pandemic with Hyatt as Director of People and Community Impact for El Capitan in Merced, CA. Her time in California’s Central Valley is where she became engaged in civics and realized the importance of being involved at a local level.

As the Senior Manager of People and Leadership Development, Sara will manage all human resource functions for the organization and co-manage the execution and development of our leadership engagement programs. Sara herself is a graduate of CLER 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0, and is excited to be a part of an organization that makes a positive and productive impact in communities throughout our great country.

Sara and her husband split their time between their home in Cody, Wyoming, Northern California, or traveling in their Airstream. She spends as much time as she can outside going on several walks a day, and enjoys hiking, gardening, snow sports, road trips, and putting together agendas for gatherings with family and friends.

Kim Borchers

Kim currently serves as National Committeewoman for the great state of Kansas and is the President and owner of Bird Dog Recruitment and Consulting LLC. Kim’s firm focuses primarily on placement of senior talent at the highest levels of state and federal government along with management development. Prior to opening her firm, Kim was the Executive Director of Leadership Development at a national think, the Foundation for Government Accountability, where she created and launched the organization’s Talent Bank Project. Kim has spent 20 years in the grassroots movement starting as a young mom fighting pornography in her public library. She has served in a myriad of roles in politics, starting as a precinct committeewoman and most recently as Deputy Chief of Staff for Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s administration. During Brownback’s tenure, she also served as his Director of Appointments for Boards and Commissions and the Director of Personnel for then Governor-Elect Brownback’s transition team. Upon graduation from the University of Kansas with a degree in Human Biology, Kim’s early career began in the healthcare industry working for TAP Pharmaceuticals. She also worked part-time in the radio business and was afforded the opportunity to create and host a local radio talk show program known as “News You Need to Know” on KMAJ 1440 AM. 

Kim’s work on the national level has led her to be recognized by the national Independent Women’s Forum(IWF) in their Champion Women’s Series and as a featured speaker for The Policy Circle’s 2018 Circle Leadership Summit in Chicago. She is also a mentor and coach for women in politics for Michigan’s Women’s League of our Own. 

Currently, Kim serves as a Director for Kansas Delta Dental, a board member for the Eisenhower in Public Service Series, a board member for Cair Paravel Latin School, a volunteer for Topeka Civic Theatre and as an advisor for an anti-sex trafficking task force Freedom Now-USA and JAG-K. Kim and her husband of 25 years, Tim, have three children and reside in Topeka, Kansas.

Kelsey Griffin

Kelsey Griffin serves as the Chief of Staff at The Policy Circle. Prior to joining The Policy Circle, Kelsey worked for a national nonprofit and gained experience in large-scale development efforts and data-driven development strategy. She brings her skills in data analysis, strategic research, and coordination of campaigns and communications to The Policy Circle, where her focus is on cultivating a robust network of support.

Kelsey earned her Bachelor of Arts from Harding University, where she concentrated her studies in Political Science and theological studies before graduating Summa Cum Laude and Honors with Distinction. Her passion for investing in communities of women first took off in college when she co-founded the first student-led women’s conference at her university. Kelsey now lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, Jarrod.

Maddi Thayer

Maddi currently serves as the Events Manager at The Policy Circle. She is responsible for the management, production and execution of all live and virtual events. Prior to joining The Policy Circle team, Maddi was Event and Development Coordinator for Katy Sky Group in Dallas, Texas. She worked with a number of corporate and non-profit organizations to organize and execute event logistics, communications and fundraising efforts. She now brings her love of events and communications to The Policy Circle team. 

Maddi is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She lives in Dallas, Texas, where she spends as much time as possible outdoors, with friends, family and her dogs, and exploring new places. 

Beth McQueen

Beth McQueen brings years of experience in education, administration, leadership and outreach. After receiving her BA in Early Childhood Education from Clemson University, Beth began her career as a teacher and developed the prekindergarten program in her county, a first in the state of Florida. She later spent a semester studying literature and writing in Australia through a Michigan State University education abroad program. She then received an MEd in Educational Leadership from University of North Florida. Her passion for people and culture soon brought her to the nonprofit sector where she served as an outreach director for a multicampus, megachurch. Beth has experience developing partnerships, training volunteer teams and traveling globally to provide support and encouragement to missionaries and agency representatives. Beth is an avid reader, loves to travel and enjoys hiking and exploring her surroundings wherever she may be.

Dusty Hill

As the Digital Marketing Manager at The Policy Circle, Dusty is responsible for marketing and advertising initiatives, creative direction, digital content, public relations, and media. Prior to joining the team, she came from an advertising agency background, where she managed social media, digital marketing, creative direction, and photography for a diverse set of clients in the travel, restaurant, healthcare, and beauty industry. She now brings her passion for combining creativity with strategy to The Policy Circle.

Dusty is a graduate of Texas Christian University, where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in both Marketing and Finance while being on the TCU’s dance team. She’s a Northern California native turned proud Texan, and living in Dallas, TX. She enjoys cooking, reading, being outdoors, and getting back to the California slopes during ski season as often as she can.

Marjorie Eastman

Marjorie Eastman brings more than a decade of military service to The Policy Circle team as its Leadership Outreach Fellow. In this role, Marjorie is leading The Policy Circle’s military outreach effort to expand its signature CLER program to members of the veterans, active duty and military spouse communities. Marjorie enlisted after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, where her 10 years of military service includes two combat deployments, one in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the other in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. She is a Mustang – a military nickname for a prior enlisted soldier who becomes an officer. She received the rare honor of a direct commission after her first deployment. As an intelligence officer and commander, she led more than one hundred soldiers in Afghanistan during the rough surge years in the successful completion of their mission. She was ranked the #1 Military Intelligence Company Commander in Eastern Afghanistan, awarded the Bronze Star, and received the Combat Action Badge.

Marjorie faced her toughest battle at home when her 6-month-old son was diagnosed with infant cancer – which he beat! That crucible led her to become a national independent award-winning author of The Frontline Generation: How We Served Post 9/11 and is now recognized across the country for her advocacy work supporting the military family. 

Her professional path includes perspective and experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. She is a former U.S. Senate candidate, inspired to serve again after the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. She has her masters degree in International Security from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and her MBA from Vanderbilt University. Marjorie is also a military spouse and supported her husband’s distinguished military career in special operations and his 17 combat tours. She lives in Cary with her husband, Charles, their beloved son, Henk, and two shelter rescue dogs.

Board of Directors

Sylvie Légère

Social entrepreneur, investor, and advocate for civic engagement.
 
Sylvie Légère is laser-focused on developing innovative solutions that unite people for the common good and advance the next generation of female changemakers. 

With a 25-year career spanning multiple sectors, including technology, process, and change management at Fortune 500 companies such as Accenture, JP Morgan Chase, and TD Ameritrade, Sylvie’s passion for civic engagement and inclusion was motivated by her own experiences stepping out of her comfort zone to seize opportunities in male-dominated industries. She has channeled this passion into co-founding The Policy Circle and partnering with more than 25 impact-driven companies and organizations that resolve societal issues. As the author of Trust Your Voice, A Roadmap to Focus and Influence, and host of the Trust Your Voice podcast, Sylvie aspires to motivate emerging changemakers to elevate their influence and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

Angela Braly

A recognized leader in business and healthcare, Angela serves on the board of directors of Brookfield Asset  Management, ExxonMobil, Lowe’s and Procter & Gamble. Angela formerly served as the Chair, President and  Chief Executive Officer of WellPoint, Inc. (now called Anthem).  

Angela has been named one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare, one of the Top 25 Women in  Healthcare by Modern Healthcare, and has appeared many times, once as high as 4th, on the list of most powerful women in both Forbes and Fortune.  

Her leadership reaches beyond the private sector. Angela is a co-founder of The Policy Circle™, a grassroots network starting conversations across the country to educate, engage, and empower women to be a force for positive change in their communities. 

Kathy Hubbard

Kathy Hubbard is a businesswoman, public policy activist, and philanthropist supporting education reform. She is a partner with her husband at E & A Companies which acquires and expands small, growing companies. Kathy is a founder of The Policy Circle and of Bridges on Understanding, serves on the Board of the American Federation for Children, the Board of Trustees of DePauw University, also founding the Kathryn Fortune Hubbard Center for Student Engagement at DePauw. She was also appointed by President George W. Bush to the J William Fulbright Scholarship Board, serving from 2006-2008.

Laura Cox Kaplan

With more than 25 years of experience at the highest levels of business, politics, public policy and communications, Laura brings a unique perspective to conversations with a broad range of thought leaders. And, most importantly, she provides a needed break from the shouting, fake news, and divisive politics that have become difficult to avoid.

In addition to She Said, She Said, Laura works as an adjunct professor at American University, and as as a corporate and non-profit board director and adviser. She spends much of her time focused on women’s political engagement, leadership and empowerment, including collaborative efforts with partners in the private, public and non-profit space who are looking to address the various drivers that contribute to the lack of gender diversity, especially in elected office. Her work also includes efforts to increase awareness about the importance of public service as a component of leadership, personal and professional development.

Laura frequently speaks before a range of audiences and writes a regular blog. She has been published in Fortune Magazine, The Huffington Post, World Economic Forum Blog, among others.

Previously, Laura spent more than a decade on the executive management team of accounting and professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (PwC), where she led PwC’s public policy and engagement strategy. Prior to joining the PwC partnership, Laura served in senior positions at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where she focused on the legislative and regulatory response to corporate governance and accounting failures in the late 1990s, and on the implementation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. She spent almost 10 years on Capitol Hill as a senior communications strategist.

In 2016, Laura received the Alice Paul Alumnae award from American University for her work on women’s political engagement. In 2015, Laura was named one of Washingtonian Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Washington. In 2014, Laura received a “Trailblazer Award” from the American Law Journal for her work in public and regulatory policy.

Laura received a Master’s degree from American University in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas in Austin. Laura and her husband Joel live with their son and daughter in Chevy Chase, MD.

Cathy Cranberg

Aspect Holdings

Creator and Founder, Authentic Agility Games

Elizabeth Fowler

Director and Executive Vice President, Triad Foundation

Kathy Crow

K-12 / Higher Ed Advocate

Civic Volunteer

Barbara Stewart

Co-Founder, Bowe Stewart Foundation

National Advisory Council

In 2020, The Policy Circle’s National Advisory Council was launched to provide a forum to share insights that will help shape The Policy Circle’s expansion, experience and impact.  

We’re proud to partner with the following leaders:

  • Margaret Busse, Executive Director, Utah Department of Commerce
  • Heidi S. Cruz, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs & Co. 
  • Muffy Day
  • Jessica Dean, Senior Vice President, Bradley Impact Fund 
  • Rebecca Dunn, Dunn Foundation, Trustee
  • Meg Duke, Supporter
  • Jackie Emmet, Supporter
  • Richard Emmet, Supporter
  • Beth Feeley, Senior Advisor, Woodson Center
  • Dawn Hoffman, Supporter
  • Ina Kim-Schaad, Mental Performance Coach
  • Blair Maus, Supporter
  • Leigh Ann Miller, Supporter
  • Melinda Oakes, Executive Director, Triad Foundation 
  • Shyan O’Shaughnessy, Supporter
  • Liz Orella, Supporter
  • Jill Schram, Schramily Holdings LLC
  • Anne Sinnott, Supporter
  • Stacy Smith, Supporter
  • Mary Beth Weiss, Supporter
  • Leigh Ann Ryan, Supporter
  • Anne Shane, Education Advocate
  • Allison Gulbrandsen, Co-Founder, The Donald and Allison K. Gulbrandsen Foundation
  • Kathleen Shanahan, CEO Turtle & Hughes
  • Carrie Daanen, Supporter
  • Liz Wright, Supporter

Careers

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