A native of Rhode Island, Stephanie Chafee is married to Governor Lincoln Chafee. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Boston University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Connecticut. She also received an honorary doctor of humane letters from the University of Rhode Island.

Mrs. Chafee is a registered nurse and community health care advocate, and she was one of the first nurses in Rhode Island to work exclusively with HIV/AIDS patients. She helped found the Rhode Island Free Clinic in South Providence, which provides health care for people who are uninsured. She also is a co-founder of Women Ending Hunger. She has served on advisory boards for Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, South County Hospital, the Rhode Island Zoological Society and the Rhode Island Foundation.

The Chafees live in Warwick, Rhode Island, with their three children, Louisa, Caleb and Thea.