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Stephen
Whisnant

Stephen Whisnant has an extensive background in fund development, strategic planning and general management of nonprofits. He provides consulting services to a variety of nonprofits, presents frequently at national conferences, and contributes to regional and national publications. He serves as Director of Philanthropy and Advisor to the National Democratic Institute in Washington, D.C., an international NGO which promotes democracy building around the globe. Prior to his time with NDI, Stephen was a Managing Director for the United States Olympic Committee and he served as the Campaign Director for the "Building for Peace Campaign," a $186M campaign to provide a permanent home for the United States Institute of Peace. Stephen has been a consultant to Paul Allen, Jody Patton and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation in Seattle, Washington, developing sustainability strategies for their projects, including the Experience Music Project and the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame. In 1993, Stephen launched World T.E.A.M. Sports, an international sports nonprofit committed to offering rich and dynamic programs to all levels of athletes, especially persons with disabilities. The organization received international recognition for its work in advancing educational and medical initiatives through sports events and programming. As the organization's first Executive Director/CEO for 11 years, Stephen oversaw the production of four documentary films and is the recipient of an Emmy Award for his work as an Executive Producer of "Vietnam, Long Time Coming." Stephen holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina and a Master's in Education from Harvard University.