The CEO of SGR Consulting talks philanthropy, Northern Cali escapes and the best business advice she ever received.
In Northern California political and nonprofit circles, there’s Stefanie Roumeliotes—and everyone else. As CEO of SGR Consulting, Roumeliotes is a triple threat as a fundraiser, strategist and political operative; she has raised $500 million for the company’s numerous clients, including Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Gavin Newsom. When I asked the San Francisco native and mother of twins to write a six-word story about her life, the answer wouldn’t shock clients: “I always do it my way,” she says. “My mantra for 2022 is to live your life authentically—don’t talk about it, be about it.”
Best advice you ever received?
Ken Sawyer, the managing director and co-founder of Saints Capital, said to build a successful business [by] hiring people who are smarter than you. And pay them well, even if it means paying them more than you pay yourself. And Kristin Bertolina, the founder and senior political strategist at Bertolina & Barnato, told me to never steal away clients from fellow colleagues in politics—and always show loyalty.
Favorite new Silicon Valley philanthropic cause?
I absolutely love Dress for Success. The organization helps low-income women achieve economic independence by providing them with support, professional attire and professional development. The mission aligns with my own values as an executive fiercely committed to uplifting women in the political and philanthropic ecosystem.
Books you always recommend or give to a friend?
Untamed by Glennon Doyle and Know My Name by Chanel Miller. I also love a beautiful table book to give as a gift—my new favorite is Athens Riviera by Stephanie Artarit.
Favorite escape in Northern California?
A long drive up the coast to Tomales Bay. Lunch with friends and a bottle of rosé at Hog Island Oyster Co. Overnight stay practically next door at Nick’s Cove in Marshall.
Phrase you find yourself saying quite a bit these days?
If you don’t like what’s happening, get involved, give your time and resources, and do something about it.