About Evelyn

Civic Engagement

  • Washington County, Arkansas Justice of the Peace, District 12, January 2021-Present.
  • Former Fayetteville Housing Authority Commissioner, 2018-2020. Through our work, we expanded affordable housing throughout Washington County, helping more people than ever before.
  • Founder of YIMBY (Yes In My Backyard) Northwest Arkansas, a pro-housing advocacy group.
  • Former member, Fayetteville Police Chief's Community Advisory Committee, 2018-2019.
  • Worked on the ballot initiative to expand the Fayetteville Public Library in 2016.
  • Worked on the ballot initiative to pass Fayetteville’s Civil Rights Ordinance in 2015.
  • Former board member, Northwest Arkansas Equality.


  • Small business owner, running a Northwest Arkansas-based digital marketing agency since 2015.
  • Winner of two Emmy Awards as a television journalist with ABC/Disney. I spent 20 years covering local news in Houston and Northern California.
  • Graduate of Rice University in Houston; B.A. in English, 1996. Went to college on merit scholarships, including a National Hispanic Scholar award.


  • Grew up and went to school in the Oak Cliff neighborhood in inner-city Dallas.
  • Married to Fayetteville native Bob Stafford, a graphic designer and photographer. Bob attended Fayetteville public schools and the UofA. My mother-in-law, Joyce Stafford, founded the Star Shopper and helped save Fayetteville's Old Post Office from demolition in the 1970s.
  • Cares for four cats and a vegetable garden.
  • Homeowner in south Fayetteville's Happy Hollow neighborhood.
Evelyn and Bob
Certificate of Appreciation from Fayetteville Housing Authority Residents
Winning a second Emmy Award
Evelyn & Bob's wedding
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