About Us

About Us



Steven Pedigo (he/him) is an educator and thought leader as well as an expert in economic development. Steven advises city, university, private-sector, and nonprofit leaders who want to make their communities and institutions more creative, innovative, and inclusive. Over the past two decades he has crafted economic development strategies for such far-flung cities as New York, Jerusalem, Vancouver, Denver, Dallas, Washington, D.C., Brisbane, the Yukon, Tulsa, Austin, Portland, Newark, San Diego-Tijuana, Miami, Sao Paulo, Monterrey, and Mexico City, among many others, and worked with a wide variety of corporate clients, including BMW, Converse, Starwood Hotels, Philips, Cirque du Soleil, Audi, Pinewood Studios, Zappos, EDENS, and Kraft.

As an educational entrepreneur, Steven has founded two university research, policy, and engagement centers (the LBJ Urban Lab at the University of Texas at Austin and the Urban Lab at New York University). He was also responsible for reimagining the engagement and advising platform for ICIC, the country’s leading voice for inner cities.

Pedigo holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and graduate degrees from the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.