Olga Stella, who currently serves as the chief operating officer of the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. (DEGC), will become the new executive director for the Detroit Creative Corridor (DC3), Metro Detroit’s creative industries advocacy organization.
Starting January 19, 2016, Stella will succeed DC3’s former exec Matt Clayson, who left the organization for a position in the private sector this fall.
“We are thrilled that Olga has accepted the position. Her experience at the DEGC in economic development and job creation and her relationships in Detroit are tremendous assets that will serve DC3 well,” said in prepared remarks Richard Rogers, president of the College for Creative Studies.
Stella joined the DEGC more than nine years ago, working as a small-business advocate through multiple mayoral administrations, the municipal bankruptcy, and other political and economic changes. During her career at Detroit’s development agency, Stella succeeded in raising $29 million in federal, state and philanthropic resources, and her direct efforts have generated over $300 million in private sector investment in the city. Stella also created and oversaw DEGC’s $2.5 million Creative Corridor Incentive Fund, which helped generate over $50 million in investment in the corridor.
In her new role, Stella will be responsible for continuing DC3’s mission of creating a dense core district in Detroit capable of attracting and retaining talent, increasing the presence of creative industries and improving the city’s image both internally and externally.
A joint venture between Business Leaders for Michigan and the College for Creative Studies, DC3 aims to nurture creative sector jobs in and around Detroit, and to establish the city as a recognized global center for design, creativity and innovation by providing the necessary leadership, resources, exposure, data and analytics.
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