strategic advisor

Steven Jacobs is a real estate, economic development, and urban planning professional with 18 years of experience working as a project manager, advisor and strategist for a wide range of public and private sector clients. Steve combines his strong national focus on higher education, nonprofit organizations, and local governments with his deep knowledge of New York City’s development and government landscape.

In the past, Steve has served as lead project manager for planning and development projects for large-scale institutional organizations, including Cornell University, The New School, Amherst College, New York Medical College, and New York University, among many others. For Cornell University, he assisted Cornell NYC Tech during the process to receive public approvals and entitlements from the City of New York.

Steve has also worked with public and private sector clients, including the District of Columbia and the City of Carlsbad, CA, to attract academic and institutional anchors to large-scale developments.

Steve also worked for the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), where he helped to create New York City’s policy to attract biotechnology companies and to establish a regional approach to building a commercial life sciences cluster. 

Steve earned a BA in Political Science and History from George Washington University, and a Masters in Public Administration, concentration in Urban Planning, from Columbia University. Steve has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at New York University and is a member of the Urban Land Institute and American Planning Association.