Steven Strauss is the John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs & Co. Visiting Professor at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School. He is a leading expert on strategy in the public and private sectors, having worked on projects in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia on topics such as: Economic Development, Financial Services Reform, Health Systems Reform, Higher Education Reform, and Investment and Risk Management (including work for one of the world's largest sovereign wealth funds). Strauss is a frequent contributor at: BusinessInsider, EconoMonitor, The Huffington Post, and Project-Syndicate. For 2012, he was an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University. In 2010, along with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and other prominent New Yorkers, Strauss was selected by BusinessInsider for the Silicon Alley 100.
Immediately prior to Harvard, Strauss was the Managing Director in charge of the Center for Economic Transformation for the Bloomberg administration in NYC, and was responsible for NYC's strategic reviews of its major private sector industries (e.g., Financial Services.NYC.2020, Media.NYC.2020, Fashion.NYC.2020, EducationTechnology.NYC.2020, NYCEDC Innovation Index). Culminating in the NYC Game Changers initiative, this work identified major strategic moves for NYC's economic development, including a recommendation that NYC focus on higher-growth knowledge-based industries. Strauss' work resulted in numerous initiatives, including: Applied Sciences NYC (Mayor Bloombergs new engineering campus in NYC), General Assembly (an innovation campus in Manhattan's Flatiron District), the 160 Varick Street Incubator (in partnership with Trinity Realty and NYU-Poly), the NYC NextIdea Business Plan Competition, NYC BigApps, Hive@55, NYC Media Lab, and the NYC Entrepreneurial Fund.
Immediately prior to his role with NYC, Strauss was with the World Economic Forum and McKinsey & Company. Strauss was responsible for the Forums inaugural Financial Development Index, a comprehensive look at global financial systems, and co-authored the Forums report on the Convergence of Insurance with Capital Markets. From 1980 to 1996, Strauss held progressively more senior positions in the financial services industry at various firms.
Strauss graduated from NYU with a BA in 1980 and earned a Ph.D. in Management from Yale University in 2002.