Tracie Stafford is a 53 year old resident of Elk Grove, and a proven community leader. She was born to a single mother and orphaned at the age of 12 along with her 4 siblings.
She survived poverty, discrimination, child abuse, sexual assault and is a 3rd generation domestic violence survivor. Although she was told repeatedly to lower her expectations and acclimate to what the world would allow her to be, she decided early on that her circumstances would not define her. Tracie may have begun her life on public assistance but was determined to stand on her own.
She went on to become the first in her family line to earn a college degree, worked her way up from data entry operator to senior manager in high tech before opening her first consulting firm.
She quickly became a community leader, a governor appointee, chair of the city of Sacramento’s small business board, an elected assembly district delegate and championed local, state and national legislation.
“I now realize that the most effective politicians aren’t perfect people.” She began, “The best leaders have life experiences that provide a unique lens through which to view and serve the community.”
Tracie is a small businesswoman and public advocate speaking for organizations such as the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, The National Institute on the Prosecution of Domestic Violence, City Departments, Correctional Facilities, Corporations and Social Change Groups.
Tracie and her husband of 23 years, Bryan live happily in Elk Grove. Together they raised 4 children in this community, the eldest of whom is a photo journalist currently on deployment with the U.S. Navy.