Stephen Powell

Stephen PowellStephen Powell is the chief program officer of the National CARES Mentoring Movement, founded by Essence Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Emeritus Susan L. Taylor, and leads its program expansion, partnership development, training and technical assistance efforts across the globe. Prior to joining the National CARES Mentoring Movement, Stephen served as the executive director of Mentoring USA for seven years and worked in program development and management for local, national and international non-profits; Providence Hospital/Family and Child Services of Washington, DC; VSA arts/Kennedy Center; the Anthony Bowen YMCA; Youth for Understanding; the Metropolitan DC Police Boys and Girls Club; and the Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF). 

Touring the U.S., Africa, Europe, and South America, Stephen Powell spent ten years as a teaching artist with a percussive-based dance troupe called STEP AFRIKA!, which was developed through his college fraternity while an undergraduate student. From this experience, Stephen cultivated a passion for procuring celebrities and athletes to support causes for young adults. Inevitably, this passion led to launch PQ Concepts Sports and Entertainment Consulting LLC. 

Stephen is an advisory board member of the NYC Young Men’s Initiative (YMI) and the Newark My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. He serves on the Board of Directors for Harlem SERVES and Nth Dimensions, is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and led a Campaign for Black Male Achievement sponsored male mentor recruitment initiative entitled “MEN-TOUR: Recruit. Reclaim. Restore,” which provided him with a platform to train and recruit hundreds of men from the faith-community and corporate America to serve as mentors. He also has provided mentoring technical assistance and support to the South Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare; Mentoring USA-Italia; Mentoring Espana; and the US Department of Health and Human Services. 

At Stephen’s church home, Metropolitan Baptist in Newark, NJ, he serves as a deacon and leader of the Trinity faith-based mentoring initiative. 

Powell’s commentary on leadership, organizational strategy and mentoring can be found in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Black Enterprise, the Costco Connection and other leading national publications. He has been honored by numerous organizations, including GQ Magazine’s Movado Leader Award; the NY Chapter of the National Black MBA Association’s Community Service of the Year award, and the White House as a “Champion of Change Following in the Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” 

Stephen is an alumnus of the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management program at Columbia University's Graduate Business School and Howard University. He resides in Montclair, NJ with his wife, Marlaina, and two daughters Sinclair Adina and Simone Alexandra.

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