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The DEGC staff is a dedicated team of professionals working together to support existing businesses and bring new investment to Detroit. If you know the name of the person you are looking for, please scroll through the staff to locate their contact information.

Unsure of where to start?  One of the people from the list below can get you on the right track:

  • General Information – Contact our Receptionist – 313-963-2940
  • Small Business Services – Denise Colona – 313-237-4624
  • Economic Development & Investment Services – Vanessa Johnson – 313-294-5825

Interested in joining the DEGC team to get involved in the future of Detroit? Learn how to join the team or stay in touch on our Careers page.



Pierre BattonVice President of Small Business Services 313-294-5829
Mark DensonSr. Director of Existing Business and Operations 313-237-6096
Charlotte FisherVice President of Marketing and Communications 313-237-4603
Kenyetta Hairston-BridgesExecutive Vice President of Economic Development and Investment Services 313-237-6097
Lily HamburgerDirector of Small Business Retention & Attraction 313-559-5947
Amanda HanlinChief of Staff 313-237-4622
Malinda JensenSenior Vice President of Government Affairs 313-237-4632
Kevin JohnsonPresident & CEO 313-237-4602
Glen Long, Jr.Executive Vice President of Administration & Chief Financial Officer 313-237-4616
Jennifer KanalosDirector of Board Administration 313-483-4150
Bunlim LyVice President of Global Commerce 313-237-4604
Rebecca NavinGeneral Counsel 313-237-4627
Sarah PavelkoDirector of Development Services 313-237-6089
Mariangela PledlDirector of Small Business Programs 313.237.6092
Kelly ShovanController 313-237-4640
Tiffini D. SmithDirector of Human Resources 313-237-4625
David WhiteDirector of National/Regional Business Attraction 313237-4621
Virginia WilkinsonDirector of Business Intelligence 313-483-4159


Jean BelangerSenior Real Estate Manager 313-294-5819
Martell BivingsDistrict Business Liaison - District 4 313-510-5288
Elizabeth BrinsonAccounting Associate 313-237-6095
Helen BroughtonMotor City Match Business Development Manager 313-294-5817
Maxwell CameronProject Coordinator 313-237-4636
Cora CaplerBrownfield Redevelopment Associate 313-294-5827
Keyra CokleyAssociate Technical Assistance Manager 313-237-4628
Denise ColonaSmall Business Customer Service Manager 313-237-4624
Cleveland DaileySenior Construction Project Manager 313-237-4605
Gregoire Eugene-LouisMotor City Re-Store Manager 313-237-4608
Edward FisherOffice Assistant 313-237-4639
LaTosha FranklinCompliance Associate 313-237-4638
Catherine FrazierSenior Real Estate Manager 313-237-4609
Michele GodfreyDistrict Business Liaison - District 5 313-452-1926
Gay HilgerSenior Admin Associate 313-237-4637
Denise HundleyFinancial Associate 313-237-4614
Kaci JacksonReal Estate Manager 313-237-4631
Tenecia JohnsonDistrict Business Liaison - District 1 313-460-0775
Vanessa JohnsonExecutive Assistant - EDIS 313-294-5825
Joyce JosaitisChief Legal Assistant & Office Manager 313-237-4634
Paul KakoAssociate General Counsel 313-237-6099
Andrew LuccoMotor City Match Program Manager 313-237-4617
Alexis MabryLoan Coordinator 313-237-4629
Lashawna ManigaultDistrict Business Liaison - District 2 313-657-8495
Nicholas MarshReal Estate Analyst 313-879-3261
Michelle MatthewsSmall Business Development Manager 313-237-5809
Ja Lisia MelendezSmall Business Program Coordinator 313-294-5811
Kristen MorrisExecutive Assistant - Small Business Services 313-483-4110
Md-Abdul MuhitDistrict Business Liaison - District 3 313-452-7704
Martha PotereSenior Small Business Services Strategy Manager 313-294-5801
Michael ReyesDistrict Business Liaison - District 6 313-510-2488
Orza RobertsonSenior Project Manager 313-237-6098
Cierra RozierExecutive Assistant to the CEO 313-237-4602
Charla SandersEDIS Strategy & Compliance Manager 313-294-5813
Nevan ShokarReal Estate Manager 313-294-5826
Sandra SmithProperty Maintenance Manager 313-237-4611
Marco SolomoneBusiness Attraction Manager - Industrial
Lauren StricklandBusiness Retention Manager - Industrial
Brian VosburgBrownfield Redevelopment Manager 313-237-4612
Brianna WalkerDistrict Business Liaison - District 7 313-515-6979