Senior Policy Analyst with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Community Revitalization
Stephanie Bertaina is a Senior Policy Analyst with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Community Revitalization in Washington DC, where she works with rural communities and small towns to build vibrant, healthy, sustainable, and inclusive neighborhoods and downtowns. Stephanie coordinates the Recreation Economy for Rural Communities program, which is partnering with rural communities across the country to help them leverage the power of outdoor recreation to diversify local economies and revitalize main streets. Stephanie also created the Healthy Places for Healthy People program, which helps community leaders partner with health care facilities to create walkable, healthy, and economically vibrant places that improve people’s health and well-being. Stephanie has also managed Local Foods, Local Places, a multi-federal agency initiative that has helped over 100 cities and towns leverage the power of local food to support local economies and thriving downtowns. Stephanie received an M.S. in Environmental Policy and Planning from the University of Michigan and Bachelor degrees from Westmont College.