Candace Stanciel serves as a Partner on the Capitalizing Diverse Leaders and Organizations (CDLAO) initiative. CDLAO works to expand funding for Black and Latino social entrepreneurs; increase diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) capacity across the sector; develop and support a growing body of senior philanthropic leaders of color; and to expand the DEI data collection and analytics within social impact. Her primary work focuses on accelerating the development of a national network of philanthropists committed to capacity building for Black and Latino leaders creating systems change. Additionally, fostering the relationship of said philanthropists with Black and Latino leaders uniquely positioned to scale social innovations with an equity lens. Additionally, Candace leverages her convening expertise to design learning experiences that support the development of leaders across the philanthropic sector. She also facilitates New Profit's internal Diversity and Inclusion Group (DIG), as well as supporting on Talent-related DEI initiatives and opportunities.
Before joining New Profit, as Director for Event Strategy and Implementation at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), Candace led the institution’s sixth presidential transition raising more than $3 million in student scholarships through 13 events across four days. Candace was also responsible for managing nonprofit and corporate partnerships, supporting institutional advancement and leading brand management efforts across MSM.
Previously, Candace led the Experiential Marketing team for United Way of Greater Atlanta (UWGA) where she annually produced more than 70 events across 13 counties. Her efforts were focused on fundraising and brand awareness for the international organization committed to advancing the common good. She was twice nominated for a United Way Catalyst of Change award and served as the national liaison for the NBA, NFL and MLB partnerships of UWGA.
Prior to United Way, Candace served the President’s Office at the University of Georgia as an event director, where her office annually coordinated more than 150 events to engage and inspire students, faculty and other stakeholders while enhancing the reputation of the institution.
For more than a decade, Candace has worked in community affairs and event production for leading nonprofits and companies, including NIKE, Black Entertainment Television, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Trumpet Foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Jack and Jill of America and the City of Los Angeles. A consummate professional, she seeks to create synergy for each client through events and initiatives that meet an organization’s needs while creating positive community impact.
Candace’s passion for social change is exemplified through her volunteer work with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Atlanta Beltline, New Leaders Council and VOX Teen Communications.
Candace earned a B.A. in African-American studies from the University of Georgia in 2002 and a master’s degree in higher education from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2006.