Madeline Stewart


An aspiring minimalist, Madeline seeks to do more with less. She engages her passion for elegant efficiency to help clients maximize their impact and create lasting social change. A database geek who loves to dig in, Madeline asks insightful questions to guide organizations toward introspection and clarity of purpose. Her current projects include helping design a learning and reflection convening for a funder and its cohort of grantees, and advising on marketing strategy and culture initiatives.

Madeline’s perspective is shaped by her 13 years of experience in fund development for elementary and secondary education. Her depth of experience as a fundraiser and volunteer manager shapes her understanding of the unique challenges that nonprofits face each day. Her enthusiasm for big-picture thinking, strategy, and alignment, fuels her excitement for customized consulting work at Blue Garnet.

In enthusiastic pursuit of making change happen, Madeline completed Seth Godin’s altMBA course in marketing and leadership in 2017 and received the Perkins Award for her exceptional work product. She graduated Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Modern Languages (Italian and German). Madeline has taught business English to insurance executives in Tokyo and conversational Italian to college students, kamut farmers, and Olympic athletes.

Madeline enjoys exploring the micro-neighborhoods of Los Angeles and covers more than a dozen miles on foot each week. She lives in Culver City with her data-loving husband and book-obsessed daughter.

Get to know Madeline
What’s your “why”?

Education access. My parents showed their commitment to my education, even working Bingo Night at my small Catholic school to help pitch in and do their part (despite the late nights and cigarette smoke). I was fortunate to receive financial aid and scholarships to access incredible schools which supported and shaped me. My first decade as a fundraising professional was driven by a desire to “give back” and ensure an excellent education could be available to students regardless of their socio-economic background. Working for Blue Garnet takes that passion for education access to a strategic and systems-change level. I’m excited to contribute to this cause in new ways.

My Top 5 Strengths: Communication, Strategic, Woo, Positivity, Ideation

Secret talent / party trick: I can bust out an Irish jig (or reel, or hornpipe) thanks to 9 years of traditional Irish step dance training.

A quote that inspires your work: “Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.” —Henri-Frédéric Amiel

What energizes you? A brisk walk outside!

Madeline can be reached by phone at (310) 439-1930