Stacy Shwartz Olagundoye

Stacy Shwartz Olagundoye

Associate Director of Membership

Stacy Shwartz Olagundoye is the Associate Director of Membership of Imagining America.  She brings broad experience as a researcher, consultant, and program director in community engaged scholarship and organizational programming on behalf of children, families, and communities facing vulnerable circumstances.  As a collaborator and advocate, Stacy additionally brings editing expertise, as well as a 20-year performing and literary arts background, as a lifetime devotee of writing and performative art.

Stacy completed a master’s degree in community development at UC Davis, and has worked as a research analyst and community collaborator with the UC Davis Center for Regional Change on projects including a 3-year evaluative study on chronic absenteeism in the Sacramento City Unified School District, and a state-wide study with 4-H on Latino youth engagement.  Prior to UC Davis, Stacy served as a youth development consultant, trainer, and program director by partnering with young adults and youth practitioners to strengthen the field of out-of-school-time programming, and deliver unique, youth-relevant programs with a focus on arts education, literacy, and self-esteem.  Her work has been published by the UC Davis Center for Regional Change, Relational Child and Youth Care Practice, and the 4-H Center for Youth Development, and her original curriculum has been implemented across youth-serving organizations throughout Northern California.

Stacy desires to be a part of change-systems that illuminate solutions and foster hope.  As Associate Director of Membership of Imagining America, Stacy looks forward to engaging change-makers throughout the country by serving as a point of connection among their innovative projects to help advance equity, justice, and community well-being.

Contact Stacy at ssolagundoye@ucdavis.edu