Stephanie Michel is a second-generation Haitian, community developer, public educator, and spoken word artist. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the North 5th Street Revitalization Project, a community development corporation serving Philadelphia’s Olney neighborhood—the most culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse neighborhood in Pennsylvania. She offers planning, coordination, and implementation support to the four of N5SRP’s components, cleaning, safety, business assistance, and community. Stephanie applies her passion and talent toward engaging North 5th Street’s residents and merchants. Her team of 7 members provides corridor management and cleaning services to over 400 businesses.
Stephanie began her public service career as the Civic Engagement Intern with Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition, an Assistant Director with Grassroots Campaigns, and a Kindergarten teacher in the Bensalem School District. She began working at North 5th Street as an Americorps VISTA volunteer in 2012. After her year of service, remaining committed to the work, Stephanie became the Program Coordinator, where she organized community partners in the Olney neighborhood to host and launch various community programs, classes, and events. Over the years, she took on roles with increasing responsibility, from Assistant Director, to Co-director to Executive Director.
For her outstanding leadership, she has been recognized as a Billy Penn Who’s Next Community Leader, a Philadelphia Association of CDC (PACDC) Rising Star, a Next City Vanguard Fellow and a LEADERSHIP Philadelphia Fellow. Stephanie currently serves on the board of PACDC, the Philadelphia Historical Commission and the Charlotte Cushman Foundation.
Stephanie holds a B.A in Spanish and Sociology from Albright College and is pursuing a M.A in Theological and Cultural Anthropology from Eastern University.