Stephanie Odera, Ed.D., is the associate director for the Bridging Richmond partnership. In this role, she plans, prioritizes and coordinates the activities of the Operations Leadership Team and support for the related Collaborative Action Networks. Odera also is responsible for project management, policy and practice change leadership, outreach, and communications and resource development, as well as lead the Lumina Foundation grant work associated with the Richmond Talent Hub designation.

As a social work practitioner, Odera has over 10 years of experience in the field, which includes working as a school social worker in Richmond City Public Schools and as a CPS Specialist II for the Virginia Department of Social Services. Immediately prior to joining the partnership, Odera served as an assistant professor in teaching at the VCU School of Social Work, where her teaching and research interests included educational equity, the promotion of racial and economic justice and social work in school settings.


  • Doctorate of Education in leadership, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Master of Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Bachelor of Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University