Stephen Lytle grew up with little more than necessary, his mother instilling the values that helped him become the person he is today. Through hard work, education and servant leadership, Stephen has become a respected, self-made business leader and a valuable member of his community.
With encouragement and support from others, Stephen knew it was time to dedicate himself to a higher cause. Similar to other decisions in his past, Stephen describes it as a calling to do what was right.
“I have always been drawn to helping others and prioritizing service above self. Transitioning to a role as a public servant continues the progression in my journey to effectively serve and lead the residents of Tampa.”
Together with his family, the decision was made to take the next step in this journey. With his commitment to and love for the city of Tampa Stephen Lytle now moves ahead and asks for your support. This is not just Stephen’s journey, as we are all with him. Together we can move Tampa forward in a positive direction for our children, grandchildren and the future generations to come.
Raised in a small town, Stephen’s upbringing was far from typical. He persevered through significant mental and physical abuse at the hands of his step-father and credits that unfortunate experience with his commitment to and compassion for helping others. After a formidable divorce Stephen was raised on his mother’s modest teacher’s salary and quickly learned the value of being involved in his community, indomitable work ethic and financial responsibility. He met his wife Adrienne while he was captain of a co-ed softball team in South Tampa. They were married at the historic Fort Homer Hesterly Armory and welcomed their first child, Millie Nichole Lytle, on Thanksgiving Day 2018. They live together in South Seminole Heights.
Committed to Personal Growth and Service to Others
Ever since he was a teen, Stephen Lytle has strived to develop his capabilities as a leader. He served as the student delegate on the Osceola County School Board and served as the county delegate for Florida’s nationally acclaimed anti-tobacco program, the “Truth” Campaign. Stephen went on to attend the University of South Florida on a Track & Field athletic scholarship and graduated with a degree in Political Science.
In adulthood, Stephen has taken on a variety of leadership and philanthropic commitments in an effort to improve the lives of others. Stephen is President of the South Seminole Heights Civic Association; a role in which he has led the organization to more than triple membership, created financial stability, achieved 501(c)3 status, received two Hillsborough County neighborhood arts awards, and founded the Heights Unites Music & Arts Festival. He also has served the City of Tampa as member of the Public Nuisance Abatement Board and Citizens Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC), the latter of which he has chaired for the past 3 years. Committee members are appointed by city council and tasked to meet with each department in the city annually, analyze their budgets, and formally make recommendations to City Council regarding Tampa’s $1B+ budget.
Additionally, Stephen is a life member of the USF Alumni Association, serves on the Bulls Varsity Club Board, founded and chairs the annual Bulls Block Party event and in 2018 was inducted into the inaugural class of the USF Fraternity and Sorority Life Hall of Fame. He is also a graduate of Tampa’s Mayor’s Neighborhood University, Tampa Police Department’s Citizen’s Academy, and FBI Citizen’s Academy. Stephen enjoys volunteering and raising money for a variety of organizations including The Spring of Tampa Bay, RISE Tampa, Make a Wish Foundation, St. Jude, and the TKE Educational Foundation.
“I truly feel that my satisfaction in life is directly proportionate to the value of my service to the communities and people I engage with. I have grown more helping others than I ever will helping myself.”
Just as voters must evaluate the right candidate to serve on Tampa City Council, Stephen Lytle has been evaluating talent in the profession of human resources for over 10 years. He is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional and a Regional Human Resources Manager responsible for overseeing HR strategy and operations in Walmart’s healthcare division. A role in which he leads and supports 5 regions, 500+ stores, and 8,000+ employees in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. In his role Stephen focuses on strategic management of diversity & inclusion efforts, employee performance, talent & leadership development, employee & labor relations, corporate ethics, and workforce planning. As a result of his civic and business leadership Stephen was named as an honoree of the Tampa Bay Business Journal 40 under 40 list in 2018.