For more than 15 years, Ann Arbor SPARK has served the greater Ann Arbor region as a catalyst for economic development. We accomplish this by building awareness of the region as a destination for business and manufacturing development and growth. Our team of knowledge experts attracts, develops, strengthens, and invests in driving industries to help our communities prosper.
Economic Development requires collaboration, and SPARK is committed to bringing together partners — like the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Works!, city and municipal partners, academic institutions, and others — to support the growth of companies and the creation of jobs.
Ann Arbor SPARK will advance the economy of the Ann Arbor region by establishing it as a desired place for innovation, business location and growth, and for talented people to live and work. The Ann Arbor region will be recognized for its academic, business, and community resources, and its collaborative culture.
Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff
Vice President, Finance and Administration
Senior VP, Marketing, Communications & Events
Senior Vice President, Entrepreneurial Services
Vice President, Capital Programs
Director of Investor Relations
Director of Research
Director, Business Development
Director, Business Development Livingston County
Livingston County Business Development Manager
Economic Development Coordinator, Brighton
Development Associate, Livingston County
Vice President, Entrepreneurial Services
Director of Entrepreneurial Services – SPARK East
Director, Mobility Programs
Michigan STEM Forward Program Manager
Coordinator, SPARK Central Incubator
Lauren de Vries
Director, Marketing and Communications
Associate Marketing Director
Digital Marketing and Graphic Design Manager
Marketing and Communications Associate
Meet our Board
Ann Arbor SPARK provides valuable and innovative services to our stakeholders and customers, helping meet their challenges in an accelerating dynamic and volatile global economy. As business and community leaders, we are proud advocates of SPARK’s mission. As board members, we support the organization’s pursuit of open source economic development and its engagement in regional and statewide collaboration with public, private, and non-profit partners to advance the Ann Arbor region, southeast Michigan, the State of Michigan, and the nation. 2021-2022 Board of Directors
Ann Arbor SPARK is a non-profit organization with a mission to help generate prosperity and growth for its communities through economic development. We do this by providing value and resources to innovative businesses that propel our economy forward. With your support, we can provide more services, build greater awareness, and promote the innovative business culture and entrepreneurial ecosystem that sets our region apart. Support SPARK today.