Founder & Exec. Director, Bridge Kids International
Stacy Bailey-Ndiaye is founder and executive director of Bridge Kids International (BKI), a global non-profit organization based in Louisville, KY helping young people of Africa and the African Diaspora, aged 13-25, unleash their social entrepreneurial spirits to solve economic development, education, environmental, girls’ rights, and health challenges, and build sustainable communities. Bridge Kids Groups, currently in 8 countries, work in their home communities while forming a global network of friendship, cooperation, and support with other Bridge Kids Groups around the world. BKI also uses the power of African heritage culture to nurture communities where young people of the African Diaspora can thrive. In Louisville Stacy organizes the annual African Heritage Festival and other BKI programs and is overseeing the renovation of a building to establish Our Place at Ben Washer Park, Bridge Kids’ headquarters and a unique community gathering space.
Ms. Bailey-Ndiaye served as executive director of the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of Louisville from 2009 until 2014. During her 23-year career in higher education, she has held a variety of positions in student development and multicultural affairs. Ms. Bailey-Ndiaye has also served in a number of community organizations and on non-profit boards related to social justice and international relations. For several years, she was the executive director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence in Westchester, NY. Stacy has managed global projects, federal grants, and has traveled extensively building relationships between people and institutions. Additionally, Stacy is a trustee of the James H Bailey Sr. Family Heritage Project.
Originally from New York City, Stacy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a concentration in Race and Ethnic Relations from Ithaca College and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University at Albany. She has one son, Christopher Robinson II who lives with his wife in Florida.