Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs


Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Lecturer and John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs & Co. Visiting Professor


Steven Strauss is a Lecturer and John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs & Co. Visiting Professor at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School. He has advised governments on public policy issues in the U.S.A., Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Strauss has been cited, quoted or interviewed 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. He is a contributing OpEd columnist at: The LA Times, USA Today, The New York Daily News and The Huffington Post.

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 the founding Managing Director of the Center for Economic Transformation in the NYC government, 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's work resulted in numerous initiatives, including: Applied Sciences NYC (e.g., the NYC Cornell-Technion campus, and the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress), 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 where he worked on health systems reform, economic development, and 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 graduated from New York University with a BA. He received his Ph.D. in Management from Yale University in 2002.

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