Senior director of Development

Stephan Bobalik joined the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy in 2017 and serves as senior director of development. He leads the Conservancy’s planning, strategy, and execution of a comprehensive campaign to fund riverfront and greenway capital projects, programs, operations, and endowment by working with individual donors, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. He also plays a lead role in the Unified Greenway Campaign, a $350 million effort to complete the Detroit Riverfront and Joe Louis Greenway and establish an endowment to support the long-term stewardship of both projects.  

Prior to joining the Conservancy, Stephan spent more than a decade helping mission-driven organizations achieve social outcomes by engaging and stewarding their most committed supporters. Most recently, Stephan was the major gifts officer at the ACLU of Michigan, where he strengthened relationships across the state to increase annual giving, campaign gifts, and grants supporting civil rights and civil liberties work in Michigan and nationally. Earlier in his career, he worked in the arts as director of institutional partnerships at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and director of foundation and government partnerships at the Sphinx Organization.

Stephan graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in voice performance. He serves on the HOPE Fund Committee at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and the boards of Midtown Detroit, Inc. and the Community Association for the New Center Area.