Director of Cities & Research | Creative Class
Steven Pedigo is the director of cities and research for the Creative Class Group, a global think tank comprised of leading researchers,
academics and strategists. In this role, he provides cutting-edge analysis of economic and demographic trends for cities, Fortune 500
companies and major media outlets across the globe. Steven has managed a team of expert researchers to provide business intelligence for an array of clients such as BMW, Converse, Starwood, IBM, Philips, Cirque du Soleil, Audi, Pinewood Studios, Zappos, and Kraft. His city and urban development clients represent cities from across the globe: New York, Jerusalem, Vancouver, Washington, D.C., Brisbane, the Yukon, Miami, and Mexico City. Steven is also a fellow at the Belas Artes in Sao Paolo and a visiting professor of innovation at Centro de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.
In addition to his work with CCG, Steven is a full-time clinical professor at the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate, teaching urban development courses and leading the creation of the Urban Lab, an applied research center that examines the intersection of real estate and cities. Along with his work at Schack, Steven is leading the effort to develop, fund and deliver the NYU School of Professional Studies’ civic engagement and economic development curriculum for city builders and practitioners across the world. Prior to CCG and NYU, Steven was a vice president and member of the senior management team for the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a national research organization founded by Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter to encourage private-sector investment into U.S. distressed urban areas.
As researcher and writer, Steven’s work has been featured in such publications as The New York Times, The Miami Herald, The Washington Post, Inc., and The Dallas Morning News. Steven holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and graduate degrees from the H. John Heinz III School for Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Steven lives in South Orange, NJ with his partner, Brian, and their Boston Terrier, Oswald.