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Founder & Senior Adviser, ED2WORK®

Steven is currently a senior fellow on postsecondary education at Stand Together, a philanthropic community focused on removing barriers in education, business, communities, and government so every person can rise to their full potential. At Stand Together, he provides thought leadership in developing and executing the team’s vision and strategy on postsecondary education, driving external policy partnerships, and building issue-focused coalitions to advance the team’s postsecondary education goals.


In 2019, Steven founded ED2WORK to help postsecondary institutions and employers address the critical needs of adult and working learners. He also held affiliated roles as senior adviser on upskilling at Greater Washington Partnership, and managing consultant of the National Task Force on the Transfer and Award of Credit at the American Council on Education (ACE). ​


Prior to ED2WORK, Steven led national academic innovation initiatives at ACE, which included oversight of ACE CREDIT® and developing and leading ACE's teaching and learning innovation body of work. He was the principal investigator on three major postsecondary education practice and research grants to advance teaching effectiveness, competency- and work-based learning, and build flexible credentialing pathways. Steven teaches and develops courses on organizational development, training and development, and experiential learning at Wilmington University (DE). ​

Early in his career, Steven led and secured funding for the first Texas Pre-Freshman Engineering Program (TexPREP) in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, a pre-college summer enrichment program for middle and high school students to study STEM in a college setting. He has also worked in student development positions at the University of North Texas and helped to launch the Richland Collegiate High School at Richland College, part of the Dallas County Community College District. Steve also worked in corporate learning and development at the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS), leading teams of subject matter experts to develop online training and certification courses for regulatory professionals in the health care industry.

Steven earned his doctorate in business administration (D.B.A.) from Wilmington University, where his research focused on employee motivation and engagement in performance improvement efforts. He earned a master's in training and development and a bachelor's in health education and political science from Texas A&M University, Commerce.

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  • From Training to Employment: Rebuilding America’s Workforce Post-COVID-19 [Webinar]. Merit. 2020.

  • Getting America Back to Work: Skills-Based Hiring for Small and Medium-Sized Firms [Webinar]. Saylor Academy. 2020.

  • Rethinking Career-Relevant Instruction in Pandemic Times [Webinar]. ACE Engage. 2020.

  • Linking Learning and Work Through Career-Relevant Instruction. Lilly Conference–San Diego. 2020.

  • Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Motivation to Engage in Faculty Development. Lilly Conference–Bethesda. 2019.

  • Evolving Roles of Colleges and Universities. Reimagining the Higher Education Ecosystem Challenge Convening. US Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology. Washington, DC. 2018.

  • New Pathways to Growth: Student-Centered Approaches That Lead to Institutional Success (Moderator). AGB National Conference on Trusteeship. San Francisco, CA. 2018.

  • Innovation-Driven Approaches to Teaching Effectiveness. ACE 100th Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. 2018.

  • Advances at the Frontier of Work and Learning: GE-Northeastern University-ACE EQUIP Advanced Manufacturing Partnership. ACE 100th Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. 2018.

  • Developing Inclusive Classrooms: Teaching Outcomes Worth Considering. Lilly Conference–Anaheim. 2018.

  • Measuring the Impacts and Outcomes of Faculty Development. POD Network Conference. Montréal, CAN. 2017.

  • EQUIP: Innovation in Education & Training. Software & Information Industry Association. Washington, DC. 2017.

  • Connections Between Instructional Quality, Student Outcomes, and Institutional Finances. ACE 99th Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. 2017.

  • A National Higher Education Agenda. Community Colleges of Appalachia Fall President’s Conference. Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College. Moorefield, WV. 2017.

  • Creating Alternative Education Pathways. University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) Summit for Online Leadership and Strategy. Washington, DC. 2016.

  • Creating Alternative Education Pathways. Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Austin, TX. 2016.

  • Implementing Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) to Achieve Institutional and Student Success. North Texas Community College Consortium PLA Day Workshop. Texas A&M University, Commerce. 2016.

  • Competency-Based Micro-credentials. CBExchange. Phoenix, AZ. 2015.