Community Engagement Director, Verizon

Steven Shaw has over 20 years of experience spanning the private, government and nonprofit sectors, particularly providing administration and advisory services. Steven is currently the Community Engagement Director for the Chicago and Milwaukee markets within the Public Policy & Government Affairs practice at Verizon.  This Community Engagement role encompasses three primary areas: Education & Advocacy, Partnership (grantmaking), and Thought Leadership.

Prior to Verizon, Steven was the Interim Executive Director of the KLEO Center, a Southside community-based nonprofit organization.  In his most recent government work, Steven served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle; this role included external responsibilities such as representing the President at government forums and community events, and internally advising the Bureau of Economic Development and the Office of the Chief Information Officer in executing a billion dollar project portfolio.  Prior to working for the County, Steven was an Associate Principal at Civic Consulting Alliance, providing strategy and management advisory services for public sector clients; one of his Civic Consulting clients was Cook County and Steven's consulting team created the County's Economic Development strategy.  Steven began his career as a Strategy & Operations Business Analyst at Deloitte Consulting.

Steven earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Morehouse College, and a Master in Public Administration degree with a focus on nonprofit organizations and social enterprise from the Harvard Kennedy School.