STEPHEN ALEXANDER, Ph.D.

I am an urban planner and public policy analyst focusing on social justice issues impacting the black community and on economic development, strategic planning, and workforce development. I have a Master’s degree in economics and a Ph.D. in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. And, I also taught economics at several local universities and community colleges.

From 2002 through 2016 I served as a Senior Research Fellow for DePaul University’s Egan Urban Center. From 2000 to 2002, I served as the Director for the Center for Urban Politics and Policy at Chicago State University. From 1992 to 2000 I worked for the Chicago Urban League (CUL) in the Research and Advocacy departments. From 1983 to 1991 I served as a Deputy Commissioner for Mayors Harold Washington and Eugene Sawyer’s Chicago Department of Economic Development (DED) and was involved with the development of Harold Washington’s innovative and targeted economic development policies. Additionally, I managed DED’s $25 million-dollar annual budgets and the department’s personnel and affirmative action policies. I also worked for U.S. Steel’s South Works plant from 1964 to 1981 as a steelworker and was on the local union’s grievance committee. Currently, I am a board member of a couple of Chicago’s nonprofit organizations, including the African American Leadership and Policy Institute, and I am also working with the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference on the economic and community development capacity of the Black Church.