Steve Bakkal

Chief Strategist

Phone: 517-241-8030


As Chief Strategist, Steve leads the organization’s efforts to develop and implement a comprehensive economic development strategy that provides opportunities for all Michiganders. In his role, Steve overseas a team that provides business intelligence, research, performance reporting, and analytics to help inform decision-making across the organization. Steve also leads a team focused on developing market opportunities in the State’s most impactful industry clusters, leveraging local, state, and federal resources.


Prior to this role, Steve has served in various leadership positions at the MEDC, including the director of the Michigan Energy Office, and director of a cross-functional team responsible for developing and executing a strategy to expand clean energy manufacturing and R&D investments to the state.

Prior to the MEDC, Steve worked in the automotive industry for over 12 years in various engineering and leadership positions focused on advanced manufacturing project development and execution.


Steve has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University as well as a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University.