Stefanie Cousins, MPH

Director of Marketing & Communications
Brighter Bites

Stefanie Cousins is the Director of Communications and Marketing at Brighter Bites. She is responsible for the organization’s corporate communications, strategic marketing, and branding. Stefanie is an award-winning producer for ABC News, PBS, and The New York Times, and a specialist in public health, health promotion, and program development. In June 2015, Stefanie established the Brighter Bites program in Austin with two camps and nine elementary schools. As the Program Director, she oversaw day-to-day operations of the Austin program and its team.

Before joining Brighter Bites, Stefanie was principal of Blue Heart Media. She has written and produced several videos for MD Anderson Cancer Center, John Snow Inc. (JSI), and the United States Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Stefanie has also provided writing services and communications consulting to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), WebMD, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine, APQC Education, and the United States Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Before launching Blue Heart Media, Stefanie was a producer for Barbara Walters at ABC News 20/20, New York Times Television’s Science Times, and NOW with Bill Moyers. She also has produced long-form documentaries for PBS about human trafficking and smuggling and for The National Geographic Channel about the obesity epidemic. As a supervisor for a mid-size communications firm in Raleigh, NC, Stefanie provided team management and project execution in the firm’s health care practice.

Stefanie holds an MPH from the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health in Chapel Hill, NC and a BA in English and Italian from Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT. She lives in Austin, TX with her husband and two children, where she enjoys playing guitar, exploring the Austin area, and developing new vegetarian recipes for her family.