Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Stephanie Keinath is the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives with the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. Her focus areas include workforce & talent alignment, public policy & economic development. In this role, Stephanie also oversees strategic operation of the chamber’s programming, including several brands that function under the chamber umbrella. These programs include Leadership Dayton, the Leadership Dayton Alumni Association, EMPOWER, the Executive Women’s Council, the Dayton/Miami Valley Safety Council, the Dayton Area Logistics Association, Generation Dayton, and more. Stephanie also manages member networking events for the chamber’s nearly 2,200 members.
A registered lobbyist with the State of Ohio, Stephanie directs the chamber’s advocacy efforts on public policy issues that affect the region’s business community.
In 2020, Keinath was selected for the U.S Chamber of Commerce Business Leads Elite Fellowship Program, focused on leadership in education and workforce policy and programming. In 2019, she completed a year-long national fellowship focused on education and talent development, sponsored by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. Stephanie serves on the U.S Chamber’s Education, Employment & Training committee and as co-chair of the Business Leaders United ( BLU) Ohio Coalition.
Keinath received the Better Business Bureau’s Women in Business Networking “25 Women to Watch” Award in 2017 and was chosen as a Dayton Business Journal’s ‘Forty Under 40’ Award Winner in 2011. In 2010 and 2011, Keinath was selected as a Fellow for the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce.
Keinath is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Dayton and is actively involved in the community, serving on the Welcome Dayton Committee and as President of the Board of Governors for The Contemporary Dayton, as well as a trustee for Board of Directors of the National Aviation Heritage Area. Stephanie recently began serving on the Board of Directors for the Wright State University Alumni Association.
Stephanie holds a certificate in non-profit and community leadership from the University of Dayton and is a graduate of the 2017 CFLA program through Women Writing for (a) Change, Cincinnati. Stephanie earned her BA in International Studies from Wright State University and her Masters of Public Administration from the University of Dayton.
Stephanie and her husband Marcus reside in Washington Township.