About Our CEO

Meet Stacey Stevenson, CEO

An experienced business leader and passionate LGBTQ+ advocate, Stacey Stevenson was named CEO of Family Equality in March 2021. As a Black LGBTQ+ parent raising twin boys in Texas, leading the national organization for LGBTQ+ families isn’t just a job—it’s their life.

Photo of Stacey Stevenson with son, London, speaking in front of the Supreme Court.

Stacey worked in Defense, Technology, and Finance senior roles before bringing their business acumen, personal experience, and passion to Family Equality. In just a few short months, Stacey has ushered Family Equality through a tremendous chapter of growth. From expanding the organization’s work to protect LGBTQ+ youth and families in schools to deepening our focus on lowering barriers to parenthood in our community, they have prioritized not only advancing lived and legal equality for LGBTQ+ families, but also advancing racial and social justice for BIPOC communities, those living in rural areas, and those living at or below the poverty line.

A powerful speaker, motivator, and student of life, Stacey regularly shares their experiences growing up LGBTQ+ in the rural South, being pulled out of the closet, coping with familial separation and mental health, and navigating life as a Black queer mother in media like the Tamron Hall Show, The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart (click here to view her most recent appearance), Xtra, Afropunk, The Advocate, WokeAF Podcast and more.

In June 2020, Family Equality spotlighted their family journey for their Out in Texas series and revisited their Texas home in November 2021 to create “Family is Everything,” a feature short film highlighting their relationship with their father, Riley.

Stacey has been widely recognized for their leadership, earning invites to the White House to celebrate the historic confirmation of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, facilitating the reintroduction of the John Lewis Every Child Deserves a Family Act to Congress alongside Representatives Danny Davis, Jennifer González-Colón, Angie Craig and Sean Patrick Maloney and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand; co-hosting the Fulton Decision Day virtual rally attended by more than 30 LGBTQ+ movement groups; being honored with the Town of Trophy Club’s Black History Month Proclamation.

Prior to their work at Family Equality, they were a Senior Managing Director at Charles Schwab and Co., where they tirelessly advocated for creating a safe and inclusive space for all in the workplace through her roles as local and national co-chair for Schwab’s Pride Employee Resource Group (ERG) and through partnerships they established with multiple LGBTQ+ nonprofits. Stacey has been active in the fight for equality in Dallas through leading community projects like Black Tie Dinner and nonprofit board service, currently serving on the board for the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Stacey is the co-founder of Lez Talk, a Dallas LGBTQ+ women’s empowerment con-ference, as well as Life On Your Terms (LOYT), a lifestyle brand co-owned by their wife.

Stacey and their wife, Cheralyn, live in Dallas, Texas with their sons, Duke and London.

Out In Texas Chapter 4

Out in Texas

Stacey shares their family-building journey in Family Equality’s series Out in Texas

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Family is Everything

Stacey shares their experiences growing up LGBTQ+ with their father, Riley