Homeport Board of Directors Spotlight: Stefanie Steward-Young

Stefanie Steward-Young

Stefanie Steward-Young

Stefanie Steward-Young is Senior Vice President / CRA Strategies Director of Community and Economic Development for Fifth Third Bank.  In this role, she oversees the bank's Community Reinvestment Act and Community Affairs efforts for Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Ashland, KY. Stefanie has 19 years of financial industry experience including Community Reinvestment Act Management, Corporate Philanthropy, Branch Management, Commercial Credit, and Retail Training. 

Stefanie has a Master of Business Administration degree from Franklin University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Cincinnati.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Homeport, Ohio CDC Association, Community Development Collaborative of Greater Columbus, and Economic & Community Development Institute.

A native of Columbus, Stefanie is the wife of Steven Young and the proud mother of three sons – Steven, Samuel and Seth. 

Why are you passionate about the Homeport mission? 

Homeport has been a catalyst for providing safe affordable housing and supportive services to thousands of families in Central Ohio.  This important work lays the foundation that can change the trajectory of the lives of low and moderate-income families across our community.

What would you tell a friend who was considering getting involved with Homeport as a donor or volunteer?

While it is important to ensure adequate supply of affordable housing in our community, it is equally important to ensure that the families in these homes have the tools and knowledge to successfully manage life.  Homeport is a shining example of this work at its best.  Homeport connects residents to services such as employment readiness training, financial education, homebuyer education, after school programming, and much more.  These services transform lives and lead to a stronger community.

What do you feel is the most critical aspect of affordable housing in Columbus and Central Ohio? 

One of the most critical aspects of Affordable Housing is the role it plays in revitalizing and stabilizing many key inner city neighborhoods in Central Ohio.  This work is critical to ensuring the health and vitality of these important staples in our community.