Steven Strauss

Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School
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John F. Kennedy School of Government
Mailbox 104
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617-496-1911
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Steven Strauss, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, writes a regular column on public policy which is carried by The Huffington Post, EconoMonitor, Business Insider and other publications. 

Strauss is regularly cited in the media as an expert on public policy and management by news organizations such as: CNBC, The Guardian, The NY Observer, Mother Jones, Al Jazeera, The Dallas Morning Post, The Jerusalem Post, and other media outlets.  His editorials have appeared in The Chicago Sun Times, Project Syndicate, Salon and other publications. 

From 2011 to 2012, he was an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University.  In 2010, along with New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Strauss was elected to the Silicon Alley 100.  

Immediately prior to Harvard, Strauss was 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, and 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 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 where he worked on health systems reform, economic development, and many other strategy issues in the public and private sectors.  Strauss was responsible for the World Economic 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 NYC's public school system, and was a commuter student at New York University where he graduated with a BA.  He received his Ph.D. in Management from Yale University in 2002.



  • MLD-110-B Strategic Management for Public Purposes