Stephanie Tyree: Community Empowerment

Susanna Hegner

Now Deputy Director of the West Virginia Community Development Hub, Stephanie Tyree served as its Director of Community Engagement and Policy for three years. The statewide non-profit organization’s mission is to engage communities and providers in an intentional, aligned and continuous system of community development. Before joining the Hub, Tyree worked as a community organizer and state policy coordinator in the southern West Virginia coalfields. At an environmental justice non-profit in New York City, Tyree worked closely with federal, state and local agencies to craft environmental policy, participating in the White House Forum on Environmental Justice as a top national environmental justice leader and graduating from the New York City Environmental Law Leadership Institute.

A native of Charleston, West Virginia, Tyree earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh and a J.D. at New York University School of Law. She has served as a steering committee member for the Stay Together Appalachian Youth Project, which promotes leadership, engagement and investment in the region by leaders ages 14-30. 

In this video, Tyree shares the story of a citizen who became empowered to approach a lawmaker about a policy issue.