Vice President for Business Development, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
Olga Stella is Vice President for Business Development at the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. In this position, she helps lead DEGC’s business attraction, retention, and expansion efforts on behalf of the City of Detroit.
Olga has previously held positions within DEGC that focused on policy development, special initiatives, strategic partnerships, and project management. Prior to rejoining the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation in 2007, Olga served as Chief of Staff for State Representative Steve Tobocman. As Chief of Staff, Olga handled Representative 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.
Olga began working in economic development in Detroit as Assistant to Mayor Dennis W. Archer for Economic Development in 2000, after a short period as a business analyst at McKinsey and Company. In this role, she worked directly with the City’s Chief Development Officer on innovative strategies and programs to overcome critical economic challenges faced by the City and to revitalize Detroit neighborhoods. She held an instrumental role in managing and resolving issues associated with major City development projects.
Schiff earned his Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from the University of Minnesota and studied Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs with an emphasis on economic development.