Stephanie Cleveland, a Navy veteran and resident of Red Bud Estates in Frisco, has announced the launch of her campaign for Place 4 on the Frisco City Council.
“I’ve enjoyed watching Frisco blossom into a destination city, while still managing to keep the ‘small town feel’ that inspired my family to move here eight years ago,” Cleveland said. “I would be honored if my friends and neighbors would allow me the privilege to serve and represent my community as a member of City Council.”
Professionally, Cleveland manages the strategic pursuits team for Dell EMC, according to a press release issued Monday. She has an extensive background in managing diverse global teams, project management, government, aerospace, and corporate business proposals, as well as both writing and evaluating large-scale Requests for Proposals (RFPs).
She has also chaired local committees promoting veterans’ issues and encouraging women in technology. She served for eight years in the U.S. Navy in advanced avionics, during which she was stationed in Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida, Virginia and finally the NATO base in Iceland. Upon receiving an honorable discharge from the Navy, Cleveland relocated to Texas in 2000 and then moved her family to Frisco in 2011.
Serving her community has always been a calling for Cleveland, the release stated, whether volunteering to represent her Naval command as Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) chairperson, soliciting local companies to donate to military families in need, or more recently, seeking out ways to be an active member of the Frisco and greater Dallas area community. She is proud to serve as coach of her daughter’s volleyball team for five years, as a school volunteer, and as an active member of local organizations that support the homeless, veterans, and the arts.
She has two children: a 25-year-old son, who graduated from Plano West High School, went on to play NCAA Division 1 water polo for St. Francis College in Brooklyn and is now an investment analyst with an investment holdings company in Dallas; and a 14-year-old daughter, who is a student in Frisco ISD and plays volleyball for both her high school team and LoneStar volleyball.
Along with her family life in Frisco, Cleveland’s experiences living in the city inspired her to run for City Council. She notes that Frisco’s unique combination of booming business, diverse culture and arts, and family-friendly lifestyle are attractive to residents and tourists alike.
“When my son went off to college in New York City, he would come home for holidays and just marvel at the openness of Frisco by comparison,” Cleveland said. “He was so homesick for our wide open spaces, he came back to live here immediately after graduation.”
She continues: “Even with Frisco’s growth, we know to place value on the natural beauty of our common areas, and strive to promote outdoor spaces that are welcoming and encourage an active lifestyle.
“A stroll down one of our sidewalks will likely take you past inspiring sculptures and historical plaques. If elected, I would help Frisco continue to be a destination for sports, the arts, and culture. I also want to be a voice for the residents of the older neighborhoods. As we continue to develop and grow, we need to be careful not to leave some of the earliest homes/neighborhoods in our city behind, and ensure their infrastructure and services are included in future planning.”
The Stephanie Cleveland for City Council campaign leadership team includes Frisco resident K.D. Warach, who will serve as treasurer.