A Navy veteran and an 8-year resident of Frisco, Stephanie Cleveland has launched her campaign for Place 4 on the Frisco City Council.

Professional & military career

Professionally, Ms. Cleveland manages the Strategic Pursuits team for Dell EMC (Dell Technologies) in Richardson. She has an extensive background in: managing diverse global teams; project management; and government, aerospace, and corporate business proposals.

She also has expertise in both writing and evaluating large-scale Requests for Proposals (RFPs), with a heavy emphasis on evaluating Return on Investment (ROI) and Business Value Assessments (BVA).

Ms. Cleveland 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, attached to F-14, F/A-18, and P-3 squadrons, 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, Ms. Cleveland relocated to Texas in 2000, and then moved her family to Frisco in 2011.

An ongoing commitment to service

Serving her country and community has always been a calling for Stephanie — from early beginnings when she was selected as her town’s delegate to the American Legion Oklahoma Girls’ State in high school, to enlisting in the U.S. Navy at age 22, volunteering to represent her Naval command repeatedly as Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) chairperson, soliciting local companies to donate to military families in need, serving as chairperson for the EMC Women in Technology committee, and most recently, working with advocacy organizations in Frisco, the greater Dallas area, and Texas.

She is proud to have served as coach of her daughter’s volleyball team for five years, as a PTA volunteer for both of her children’s schools over the past 20 years, and as an active member of local and state volunteer organizations supporting the homeless, veterans, animal advocacy, and the arts.

Stephanie hopes to bring her pragmatic and decisive leadership skills — honed from both military and corporate experience, a mix of fiscal conservatism and social responsibility, and advocating for the underserved — to City Council.

More about Stephanie

Stephanie has two children: Zack, her 25-year-old son 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 Caitlin, her 14-year-old daughter who is a student at Pearson Middle School and plays volleyball for both her school team and LoneStar Volleyball. Her long-time partner, Wafer, and his two children - Meghan, 24, a student at UTD and Adam, 14 also a student at Pearson Middle School. Together, she and Wafer help each other raise their youngest two and navigate middle school activities.

In her free time, Stephanie enjoys traveling, running, reading, spending time with her loved ones and extended family in Oklahoma, and working with Wafer refinishing their 1975 sailboat.  

“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. 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.”