about us

the story behind the collective

In 2012, Black voters cast ballots at a higher rate than white voters for the first time in history. While some attribute this to a massive attack on voting rights, others claim that it was just the community “having Obama’s back.” But in spite of this feat and the historic re-election of President Barack Obama, there continues to be a lack of leadership development and political institutions to support the building of Black political power. Until now.

The Collective is a political action committee whose mission is to build Black political power by recruting, training, funding and electing progressive black candidates on the local, state and federal level.

Many of our members and donors are strategists, thought leaders and politicos. Some of them are artists and entertainers, tech entrepreneurs and activists. But we all of us share a common vision and goal of a world with drastically more Black elected officials, at every level of government.

Here at The Collective, we work to achieve our mission by tapping into the various networks around the country to identify potential talent, organizing donor groups and working to provide cutting-edge research and best-practices on engaging black voters and tracking black elected officials. The goal of The Collective is ensure equal and equitable representation of the Black community in all local, state, and federal executive, legislative and judicial branches of government.

  • Quentin James
    Quentin James Founder & Exec. Director

    A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Quentin James is the Co-Founder & COO of Vestige Strategies, LLC.  Most recently Quentin led a team of Vestige Strategies’ consultants in securing victory for Dr. Keith Rowley as Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago in 2015. Previously, Quentin was the Black Americans Director for the Ready for Hillary PAC. In that role, Quentin directed the PAC’s outreach to the black community across the United States, and helped recruit over 50,000 African American grassroots donors and over 3 million grassroots supporters.

    Formerly the National Director for the Sierra Club’s Sierra Student Coalition, the nation’s largest youth environmental organization, Quentin directed the organization to train, empower, and organize youth to run effective campaigns that resulted in tangible environmental victories and developed leaders for the environmental movement. From 2009-2013, Quentin served as a National Board Member for the NAACP, the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Quentin is the founder of Inclusv, a diversity hiring initiative and was recently named one of the 2017 NBC Blk28 under 28.

  • Stefanie Brown James
    Stefanie Brown James Co-Founder & Senior Advisor

    A native of Bedford Heights, Ohio, Stefanie Brown James is the CEO and Founding Partner of Vestige Strategies, LLC. Most recently, Stefanie served as the National African American Vote Director for the 2012 Obama for America Campaign. In this position, Stefanie organized the African Americans for Obama program and managed the national strategy to engage African American leaders and voters to register and re-elect President Barack Obama, leading to the highest black vote in history.

    Formerly the National Field Director for the NAACP, Stefanie developed and administered the national field organizing strategy for the NAACP’s 2,200 adult branches and youth units in 48 states and the District of Columbia. Concurrently, Stefanie served as the National Director of the NAACP Youth & College Division representing 23,000 youth under the age of 25 around the country. Stefanie is also the founder of Brown Girls Lead, a leadership development organization for collegiate black women, and a Trustee of Howard University.