Deputy Mayor


Deputy Mayor Khalfani Stephens


Khalfani Stephens is a seasoned government administration professional. He previously served as the Economic Development Director for the City of Flint where he had been very successful in attracting new business and securing federal funding. Additionally, he was a valuable member of the leadership team, assisting the Mayor and City Administrator with Citywide administration. 

Prior to joining the team in Flint, Mr. Stephens redesigned and relaunched an economic development agency in metropolitan Atlanta. In that role, he helped facilitate millions of dollars in new investment, created programs that drew national attention and helped increase the per capita income for the community. 

With over 15 years of experience in municipal government, Mr. Stephens has helped many small and large companies attain the resources needed to grow. He has worked with multinational firms as well as start-ups. He is a fervent believer that economic development is community development, and that the two should never be considered in isolation from one another. To that end, he also assists communities with financial management, staffing, strategy, master planning and zoning processes. This ensures that government policies align with the needs and wants of the community. 

In addition to his work in municipal management, Mr. Stephens is dedicated to serving the community as a whole, including the support of numerous boards and commissions. He is currently the Vice President of the Michigan Economic Developers Association, Chair of the Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency, an active member of the Pontiac Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and Vice President of the Pontiac Kappa Foundation. 

Committed to lifelong learning, Mr. Stephens is an alumnus of both the University of Michigan (BA) and Wayne State University (MBA and a Post Masters Certificate). He is also a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) and Michigan Master Citizen Planner.  In addition to English, he speaks fluent French and conversational Spanish.  






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