February 5, 2016

South Carolina Foundation Promotes Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter

Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter has been promoted to the position of vice president of initiatives and public policy for the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. In her expanded role, she will develop and implement an advocacy agenda while convening key stakeholders to address needed changes in systems that impact families experiencing poverty statewide.

She remains responsible for leading two statewide initiatives, the Immigrant Families Initiative and the Kinship Care Initiative. She designs and manages the foundation’s organizational strategy and mission effectiveness, ensuring community engagement and impact. She also leads the foundation’s diversity and inclusion work statewide, a central value to the foundation. Serving as a knowledge resource and foundation representative, she will continue to build important alliances and relationships on critical issues affecting children and families to raise awareness and foster action, and identify promising areas for strategic expansion of current or new Initiatives statewide.

“We are excited to have Stephanie take on additional responsibilities. She is a proven leader who contributes greatly to our Sisters of Charity Foundation mission and family”, Tom Keith, president, Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina.

Cooper-Lewter joined the foundation in 2009 as senior research director. She holds a doctorate in social work from the University of South Carolina and a masters of social work from the University of Minnesota. She is an alumni of the Southeastern Council of Foundations Hull Fellows Program and a Riley Fellow. With more than 20 years of experience across the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, Cooper-Lewter currently serves on the Southeastern Council of Foundations Board of Trustees, along with Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees Board of Directors. She previously served as president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia. 

About the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, established in 1996, is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. The foundation is committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved in all 46 South Carolina counties, and strategically uses resources to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership.

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