DEGC Announces Personnel Changes

Detroit Economic Growth Corporation recently announced an executive management promotion and several personnel changes.

Malinda Jensen, senior vice president for board administration and governmental affairs
Malinda Jensen, senior vice president for board administration and government relations

Malinda Jensen, former DEGC vice president of business development, was promoted to senior vice president – board administration and governmental affairs. Jensen succeeds former senior vice president of governmental affairs Art Papapanos, who retired this year. She will be responsible for the functions and administration of several organizational boards, as well as several staff members who support these groups.

Jensen holds a juris doctor degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and a Master of Public Administration in land use planning and management/development from Eastern Michigan University.

Other new promotions include Jennifer Kanalos to director of board administration from director of brownfield redevelopment. Brian Vosburg, formerly brownfield redevelopment associate, is now brownfield redevelopment manager. DEGC has promoted Amanda Hanlin to chief of staff from special advisor to the CEO. Keyra Cokley has been promoted from an economic associate in DEGC’s real estate unit to small business coordinator. 

DEGC welcomes new hires Sara Pavelko, senior manager of real estate and financial services; Elizabeth Hamburger, small business redevelopment manager; Kyla Carlsen, financial manager; and Cierra Rozier, executive assistant for real estate and financial services.

Tiffini Smith

Human Resources Director