runner. In 2009, Stephanie gave up her career in corporate law to pursue a passion for justice and a longstanding desire to assist some of the world’s most vulnerable populations. She hasn’t looked back since. From the jungles of Ecuador to the deserts of Afghanistan, Stephanie has worked all over the world providing direct assistance to communities in need. In 2014, Stephanie lived in a tent in South Sudan, helping to assist tens of thousands of South Sudanese affected by conflict. She now works for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Gaza. An avid ultrarunner and fierce competitor, Stephanie also uses her athletic adventures to raise funds and awareness for women’s organizations. She has won and placed in a number of international running events, ranging from 250 km multi-day desert races to 100-mile non-stop mountain races from the Swedish Arctic to the Gobi desert to the French Alps to Hong Kong. From her award winning blog Ultra Runner Girl, Stephanie offers humor, advice and inspiration to fellow runners. The blog also serves as an important platform where social issues and causes can be promoted to her thousands of followers.
Establishing Free to Run has been a life-long dream for Stephanie as she has seen first-hand the power of sports to effect change in oneself and in one’s community. She has a strong passion for working in conflict-affected areas and for showing solidarity with those in most need. Stephanie founded Free to Run with the belief that no challenge is insurmountable – rather, it is in attempting to do the impossible that truly extraordinary results can be achieved. She currently acts as President of the organization in a voluntary capacity.