Stacie Behler delivers the message
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A former lawyer, Stacie Behler often finds herself at the forefront of policy and community development in West Michigan as a result of her varied leadership roles.
Behler fills dual positions in her career: overseeing communications, media and public relations for Meijer in Grand Rapids and serving as executive director of the Meijer Foundation.
In addition to managing five state Meijer political action committees, she supervises the company’s political involvement and state and federal policy work.
At Meijer, Behler directs all community and philanthropic work, which includes investing more than 6 percent of the company’s net annual profit back into the Midwest communities where Meijer stores are located.
Her work with the Meijer Foundation includes assisting trustees with their engagement in arts, education, health and economic development of Michigan communities.
A regular mentor, Behler said she takes leadership opportunities seriously in the hopes of making a positive and significant impact.
In the community
She currently is chair of the board for Heart of West Michigan United Way and a board member for Michigan Women’s Foundation, Power of 100 Women, Experience Grand Rapids, Muskegon Museum of Art and Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, where she also serves as policy chair for the executive committee.
She lends her leadership to the West Michigan planning committee for the Michigan Political Leadership Program annual fundraiser and to the Grand Rapids Economic Club as recent chair for the program committee and annual dinner committee, which brought in Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a speaker.