Stephen is a life-long resident of Ann Arbor and is a past, four-term City Council Member representing Ward 3. He was first elected to City Council in 2006, serving one term. He regained a seat in 2009 and served three terms until 2015. During his tenure on Council, Stephen served on the Planning Commission, the Environmental Commission and the Parks Advisory Commission, as well as others.
He is married to Letitia Kunselman, an English teacher at Huron High School. Their four children are all graduates of Ann Arbor Public Schools. Currently one is a junior at Wayne State University, the twins graduated from Brown University last year – one is now serving in the Peace Corps in Guatemala and the other is working in San Francisco. The oldest just finished his second year at Yale Law School. Stephen and Letitia live in the Springwater subdivision, near Packard and Platt.
Stephen is following a long tradition of public service in Ann Arbor – his parents are Elizabeth Moray and James Haven who were anti-Vietnam war activists during the 60’s. His grandparents, Don and Helen Moray, were founding members of St. Francis of Assisi Parish. Helen Moray also served as police dispatcher for the East Ann Arbor Police Department in the late 1950s.
Stephen attended Ann Arbor Public Schools, K-12:
- Pittsfield Elementary, King Elementary, Wines Elementary;
- Forsythe Middle School; and
- Community High School, Pioneer High School – Class of 1981.
And he remained in Ann Arbor for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan:
- Bachelor of Science Natural Resources 1986;
- Master of Landscape Architecture 1990;
- Master of Urban Planning 1990.
Stephen’s Work Experience
Energy Conservation Liaison for the University of Michigan (May 2004-present)
As the Energy Conservation Liaison, Stephen serves as a proponent of sustainable energy conservation practices for the University community via a campus wide energy education and outreach effort. His primary responsibilities include disseminating information for improving energy efficiency of building operations, serving as a liaison between departments, and conducting the planning, development, and implementation of training, educational and awareness programs for energy conservation.
Township Administrator, Sumpter Township, Wayne County, MI (1998 to 2003)
Working as the Township Administrator, Stephen managed local governmental operations for a township of 12,000. He supervised 15 full-time township personnel in the Departments of Public Works, Building, Senior Programs, and Public Safety. He also supervised the township public water distribution system as a certified S-2 operator, and managed the Community Development Block Program. He was responsible for land use planning and zoning ordinance administration pursuant to Public Act 184 for all development proposals, and provided technical advice and guidance to the Board of Trustees and Planning Commission. Furthermore, Stephen coordinated formulation of special assessment districts under Public Act 188 and industrial development district tax abatements under Public Act 198.
Environmental Planner, Sumpter Township, Wayne County, MI (1992 to 1998)
As the Environmental Planner, Stephen proposed and implemented the environmental policy for Sumpter Township. He conducted reviews of proposed developments for compliance with floodplain, wetland, and stormwater management regulations, and performed vegetative, hydrologic, and soil analyses using MDEQ wetland delineation standards. He was responsible for designing park master plans and managing park development projects, and also for coordinating and facilitating citizen committee meetings.
Stephen has also worked as a summer intern for the City of Ann Arbor’s Forestry Department, as a driver for Recycle Ann Arbor, as a movie projectionist for the Michigan Theater, and as a stagehand for Local 395, I.A.T.S.E.