Stephanie Madden served as a researcher and project coordinator for the Training in Risk and Crisis Communication (TRACC) program. She coordinates all portions of the project and conducts in-depth research into current risk communication training programs in an effort to develop more effective risk communication trainings for local leaders. Prior to working at START, Madden completed her M.A. in communication from the University of Maryland where her work focused on how organizations use new media to recruit and engage members in advocacy work. She also holds a B.A. in communication studies from Vanderbilt University.