Marcus Graham Project


Lincoln Stephens

Chief Executive Officer/Co-Founder, Marcus Graham Project


Lincoln Stephens is a former Advertising Account Management Executive (Carol H Williams, Martin Retail, and TracyLocke) turned activist, muckraker and entrepreneur. In his professional career, Steffens has worked with top brands such as Frito Lay, Quaker, Pepsi, Cadillac, Hummer, Chevrolet, and Coca-Cola.

Born in Dallas, Texas, Lincoln is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia where he received a Bachelor’s in Journalism with a focus in Strategic Communications and recently completed his Master’s Degree in Entertainment Business at Full Sail University. He is also an accomplished community organizer. In that capacity, he has served as the Chicago & Dallas Street Team Leader for Rock The Vote, as well as an active leader & servant in a variety of urban-progressive organizations such as: African American Leaders of Tomorrow, American Cancer Society-Relay for Life, Dallas Urban League Young Professionals, YMCA, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

In November 2008, he decided to quit his job to pursue his passion for mentorship and co-founded the Marcus Graham Project. The organization has been featured in Advertising Age, Black Enterprise Magazine, Savoy Magazine, and on CNN and NBC. Additionally, Lincoln has been recognized as one of Advertising Age’s top 40 marketing leaders under 40, recently MVMT’s Top 10 Innovators of 2014, AT&T’s 28 Days Game Changer and previously featured in Ebony Magazine as one of the top entrepreneurs in the country under the age of 34.