Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award
The Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award was adopted to honor a current or former City of Tampa female employee who demonstrates outstanding commitment to her position and the community. The award is given in memory of Ms. Stafford who devoted 24 years to the City of Tampa as an Assistant City Attorney. She was also the first woman judge in Hillsborough County and was a pioneer for women's issues, both professionally and in the community.
2022 Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award Recipient
Kayon Henderson is the City of Tampa’s Housing and Community Development Manager. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2005, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication and is currently pursuing her Master of Arts degree in Public Administration.
Kayon began her career in 2008 at Boley Centers as a Housing Specialist overseeing the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) voucher program and Housing Choice Vouchers. In 2013, Kayon joined the City of Tampa's Housing and Community Development Division and has served in a multitude of positions distributing the City’s grant funds, including the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), HOME, HOPWA, and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). Kayon is at the forefront of leading many of Mayor Castor’s initiatives toward Transforming Tampa’s Tomorrow and achieving housing affordability.
Throughout her career, Kayon has strived to aid those who are less fortunate, and those who truly need assistance. During the pandemic, Kayon has been on the front line assisting the community. She was instrumental in establishing a temporary homeless shelter facility in partnership with Catholic charities. This shelter facility, Hillsborough Hope, provided 200 tents and beds for the homeless. Additionally, Kayon has played a key role in One Tampa relief fund allocation. She and her staff have assisted over 1,255 families and 232 businesses with distributing over $4 million in funds.
Throughout the pandemic, Kayon has organized blanket and toiletry drives, bookbag drives and incentives for the Point in Town count to benefit those who are facing homelessness. She is a member of the National Career Development Association (NCDA), the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and received the 2018 Charlie Hounchell Volunteerism Award.