Tracie Stafford

Class of 2017

Tracie Stafford began her career in marketing, working her way up from data entry operator to management. She eventually opened an event marketing and management firm and quickly became a community leader, devoting countless hours chairing boards such as The National Association of Women Business Owners and The Sacramento Small Business Board. She also sat on a number of boards such as The Birthing Project International, The Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce and was appointed by the Governor to the California Small Business Board.
However, Stafford's life truly began to have meaning when she broke her lifelong silence, before the California State Legislature in 2007, disclosing the abuse that she had suffered as a third generation domestic violence victim. Inspired by the need to heal herself and others, she took her dedication to public service sharing her journey from a past of poverty, domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault, to a life of love, joy and limitless possibility.
Today Stafford is a public advocate speaking for organizations such as the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, The National Institute on the Prosecution of Domestic Violence, City Departments, Correctional Facilities and Social Change Groups. In addition, Tracie is a survivor advocate for the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, spokesperson for Purple Light Nights International, and was crowned Mrs. California Globe 2014, first runner up to Mrs. USA and the territory’s spokesperson for the Women in Need Foundation. In addition Stafford ran for Mayor of Elk Grove in 2016 and is now an elected Assembly District Delegate for the California Democratic party.
Professionally, Stafford is the Vice President of Ovation Public Relations and Advertising and resides happily with her husband and three of her four children in Elk Grove, CA. Her eldest daughter, serves in the United States Navy.

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