Eagle Market Streets Development Corporation
Executive Director
Track D: Non-Profit Organizations
The Future of Fundraising

Stephanie Swepson-Twitty, President and CEO for Eagle Markets Streets Development Corporation, a native of North Carolina, residing in Old Fort, McDowell County, married with one son and three grandchildren.

Stephanie is a Community Economic Development professional, demonstrating leadership and success in community-based and ministry related settings. Possesses proven background in organizational development, financial management/analysis particularly with non-profit entities.

She is a grants writer/administrator/facilitator, a small business development consultant and a professional thought leader in sustainable/resilient community economic development/growth and, business/workforce development and leadership training. Stephanie possesses highly effective skills in the area of not for profit governance and management and compliance. She provides oversight for EMSDC’s commercial production sewing facility, Block-by-Block Industries and the Empowering Residents/IDA for Business Development program.

Stephanie has an extensive and varied background in banking finance and retail management, has strong organizational and development skills, and is an accomplished public speaker.

She is actively involved with several community partners:

  • Chair, YMICC
  • Secretary, The Support Center
  • Board Director, member of Personnel Committee, NC Association of CDC’s
  • Advisory Board Member, Self Help Credit Union

Stephanie is a dedicated professional committed to the mission and ministry of empowering and elevating people out of poverty. She believes the best way to do this is to have a more equitable and inclusive economy. She understands the underlying causes of poverty and one of her favorite quote on the subject is from Peter Townsend:

Poverty is not something people impose on themselves for want of effort and community organization. It is constructed by divisive and discriminatory laws, inflexible organizations, and acquisitive ideologies of wealth, a deeply-rooted class system and policies which serve privilege in the short term and destroy society in the long term. (Tressell, 1998)