stephanie bateman

Board Member Spotlight: Stephanie Bateman

This month to show appreciation of our Board of Directors, we’re focusing our spotlight on board member, Stephanie Bateman. In addition to being on the Board for Friends of the Waterfront, Stephanie is a real estate professional with Semonin Realtors. We appreciate everything Stephanie does for Friends of the Waterfront and the community! Get to know a little bit more about her below. 

Where are you from? How did you end up in Louisville?

I am a native Louisvillian.

Tell us about your career and how you got there.

I am a real estate professional helping sellers sell and buyers purchase the home of their dreams. Previously, I worked in public relations with an expertise in marketing, publications management and writing, advertising, and video production.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve been involved with during your career so far?

As Director of Communication for Jefferson County Public Schools, I led a 40-member creative communications team of graphic designers, writers, editors, media specialists, printers, photographers, and videographers. Together we developed a vast array of communications and marketing products to assist the local school district in meeting its objectives.

What got you involved with Friends of the Waterfront?

I joined the board about 20 years ago while working for Jefferson County Public Schools. Hence, I have the distinction of being the longest-serving member of Friends of the Waterfront.

What is your role with FOTW?

In my previous role, I helped the organization develop a Waterfront curriculum guide and coordinate educational activities with the school district. Today, I have stepped back from active FOTW board duties and now I serve on the Advisory Board

What other causes are you passionate about?

I’m active in the Louisville community having led the boards of several non-profit organizations including Family and Children’s Place and Women 4 Women. I was also on the 137-citizen Governance Task Force that was a precursor to the eventual passage of Metro government in Louisville. I’m a past director of the boards of Metro United Way, Louisville Community Foundation, Bridgehaven, and the National Council of Christians and Jews. Currently, I am on the board of Metro Bank.

What do you do around Louisville for fun?

My passions include traveling, attending arts performances, and eating out at new restaurants every month.