Our Founders

QUENTIN JAMES

FOUNDER & PRESIDENT

A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Quentin James is the Founder & President of The Collective, including its four legal entities, as well as the co-founder of Vestige Strategies, LLC. Before launching the Collective in 2016, 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 named one of the 2017 NBC Blk28 under 28 and named one of the 2018 Root 100 Most Influential African Americans.

STEFANIE BROWN JAMES

CO-FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

A native of Bedford Heights, Ohio, Stefanie Brown James is the Vice President of Training & Community Engagement for Emily's List, the nation's largest resource for women in politics, as well as the co-founder 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. Stefanie is the recipient of various awards including the 2012 Root 100 Most Influential African Americans, the Grio 2012 100 Most Influential African Americans, 2018 National Action Network's Action & Authority Award.