Phoebe Stein became president of the Federation of State Humanities Councils in May 2020. Previously, Stein served as the executive director for Maryland Humanities since 2008 and has been an advocate for the humanities at local, state, and federal levels for more than 20 years. During her tenure in Maryland, Stein expanded the council’s partnerships and resources and hosted a radio spot, “Humanities Connection,” while advancing several of the council’s flagship programs, including Maryland History Day, Museum on Main Street, and One Maryland One Book. In 2016, she was recognized as one of “Maryland’s Top 100 Women” by The Daily Record. Before joining the Maryland council, Stein was the director of public affairs and the communications coordinator at the Illinois Humanities Council, now called Illinois Humanities. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in English from Loyola University of Chicago and her B.A. in English from the University of Michigan.