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Selected media appearances:
Prof. Strauss is quoted, interviewed, or mentioned in the following: Interview with Carl Quintanilla of CNBC Squawk on the Street here ; quoted re NYC Economic Development in The Guardian here and in The NY Observer here ; cited re gun control in Forbes here; cited by Mother Jones re Bitcoin and Digital Currency here; cited re Middle East by Al Jazeera here, in The Dallas Morning News here and in The Jersulem Post here; cited re the impact of social media by the Public Affairs Council here.
Editorials and commentary: Prof Strauss is a regular commentator at the Huffington Post. In addition his commentaries have appeared at: Project Syndicate, Chicago Sun Times, Salon, EconoMonitor, BusinessInsider and The Blaze,
Profile Steven Strauss is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy 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, 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 Bloomberg's strategy for a 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, the NYC Entrepreneurial Fund and so on.
Immediately prior to his role with NYC, Strauss was with the World Economic Forum and McKinsey & Company. Strauss was responsible for the Forum's inaugural Financial Development Index, a comprehensive look at global financial systems, and co-authored the Forum's 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 is a proud product of the NYC public school system, and was a commuter student at NYU where he graduated with a BA and received a Ph.D. in Management from Yale University in 2002.