Chief Operating Officer,
Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
Ms. Stella is a public-policy and economic-development professional who has worked in government, community development, and business.
At the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC), she helps lead DEGC’s business-attraction, retention, and expansion efforts on behalf of the City of Detroit. Her team directly assists businesses looking to grow in Detroit and works on strategic initiatives designed to increase tax base and employment opportunities and increase key economic clusters.
Before rejoining the DEGC in 2007, Ms. Stella was chief of staff for Michigan State Rep. Steve Tobocman. In that role, she handled Mr. Tobocman’s policy agenda, communications, and community initiatives. Their work focused on economic and community development, neighborhood revitalization, immigration, and social justice/civil rights issues.
After a short period as a business analyst at McKinsey and Co., Ms. Stella began working in economic development in Detroit in 2000, as Mayor Dennis W. Archer’s Assistant for Economic Development. During her tenure, she worked directly with the city’s Group Executive for Economic Development on efforts to overcome the city’s critical economic challenges and to revitalize neighborhoods.
Ms. Stella has a master’s in public policy and a bachelor of arts in political science, both from the University of Michigan.