Tracie Stafford is a 2017 elected delegate for Assembly District 9 and President of the Women Democrats of Sacramento She is a gifted speaker and host, who has spent countless hours emceeing marches, including but not limited to, the Women’s March, the Science March, the Black Women’s March.
Professionally, Tracie has been in the marketing field for over 25 years. She began her career in high tech and eventually opened her own consulting firm. She quickly emerged as the chair of the City of Sacramento’s Small Business Board and as Governor appointee to the California Small Business Board.
Academically, Tracie was the first in her family line to earn a college degree and is the recipient of a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management and a certificate in Entrepreneurial Business from UCLA.
Of special note, in 2007 Tracie was crowned Mrs. California, United States, becoming not only the first African America to win that title but she was also the oldest, at age 40. She continued to compete until 2015 and held several national and international titles. She was 1st runner up to Mrs. World International in 2012, 1st runner up to Mrs. USA Globe 2015 and represented the U.S. Virgin Islands in China that same year.
As an accomplished business woman turned pageant queen Stafford was able to find her voice. Tracie says she has broken the cycle of violence in her family and had the audacity to do what others never imagined for her. Her childhood and young adulthood was filled with poverty, abuse and discrimination.
“Competing helped me to find my feminine power and stand in it, – as Tracie the Woman.” She thanks her grandmother for giving her the tenacity and wisdom to navigate through the trials of her life. Tracie remembers that she had a quiet strength that seemed to look beyond what she considered impossible.
Today, Tracie has taken her business acumen, advocacy and policy work to the next level and has recently announced her candidacy for Mayor of Elk Grove, CA. If successful in 2018, she will be the first black woman elected to any public office in what is known as the seventh most diverse city in America.
She lives in Elk Grove, California with her husband and 3 of her 4 children. The fourth, a daughter, serves in the U.S. Navy. She is a marketing consultant and speaker who provides Cultural Competency Training to organizations and new activists. As a black woman she found herself repeating to activists in 2016.
“I didn’t wake up on November 9th an activist. I was born an activist because I had to be.”
If you would like to learn more about Tracie and what she is up to, visit her webpage at Traciestafford.com or read about her in a recent article: