Chair, GEEARS (Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students); Senior Advisor, Arthur M. Blank Foundation
Stephanie Blank is a longtime champion of children and education. Blank serves on the Georgia State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care established by Governor Nathan Deal. She is the founding chair of the governing board of GEEARS, the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, an independent successor group to the United Way's Early Education Commission, formed in August 2010. Blank served as chair of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation Board of Trustees until 2010, and is now a member of the CHOA System Board. She chaired the capital campaign for the Imagine It! Children’s Museum of Atlanta and is co-founder of Mothers & Others for Clean Air. Other board memberships and board committees include the Atlanta Falcons Women’s Association. Blank is a well-known community leader and philanthropist and was named 2000 Georgia Philanthropist of the Year by the National Society of Fundraising executives. In 2001, she was a recipient of the Anti-Defamation League’s Abe Goldstein Human Relations Award. Blank received the Girls’ Opportunity for Adventure and Leadership “Going for the GOAL” Award in 2001. Blank was named to the YWCA of Greater Atlanta’s Academy of Women Achievers and, in 2002, was designated their “Woman of the Year.” In 2007, she received the Big Voice Award from Voices for Georgia’s Children and, in 2011, received the Women's Leadership Award for Excellence in Education from the Atlanta Metro United Way. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from Appalachian State University. Blank lives in Atlanta and is the proud mother of three children, a son and boy-and-girl twins.