Steve Glickman is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Develop LLC, the nation's leading advisory firm dedicated to building and supporting Opportunity Zone Funds seeking to positively transform low-income communities across America, and he is one of the nation's top Opportunity Zones experts who is a sought after speaker in communities around the country.

Steve is the Co-Founder and former CEO of the Economic Innovation Group (EIG), a bipartisan research and policy organization in Washington, D.C. focused on addressing economic inequality through the creation of a new marketplace for private equity investments in distressed communities.

Under Steve’s leadership, EIG was the architect of the $6 trillion Qualified Opportunity Zones program, the largest community investment incentive in U.S. history.  EIG conceptualized the program and drafted the underlying legislation -- the “Investing in Opportunity Act” -- championed by Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), which received nearly 100 bipartisan congressional cosponsors before being passed into law in 2017.

Steve is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, where he teaches on economic diplomacy and international trade in the School of Foreign Service. He sits on Georgetown's Board of Governors and the Board of The NewDEAL.

Steve previously served in the Obama Administration from 2008-2013 – as a senior economic advisor at the White House, where he managed trade and investment issues, manufacturing, and small business issues for the National Security Council and the National Economic Council. Steve also held the position of Deputy Associate Counsel at the White House, as well Chief of Staff for the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Prior to his service in the Administration, Steve worked on Capitol Hill as Counsel to Chairman Henry Waxman on the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and as a legislative aide to then-Congressman Ed Markey. He began his legal career as a Federal criminal prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC and as an Investigative Counsel at the Democratic National Committee.

Steve received his B.A. and M.A. from Georgetown University, J.D. from Columbia Law School, and LL.M. from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Steve’s work has been featured in the AP, Atlantic, Axios, Barron’s, Bisnow, Bloomberg, Chicago Tribune, CNN, Crain’s, Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune, Impact Alpha, Inc., The Los Angeles Times, Marketplace, The New York Times, NPR, PBS, Politico, San Francisco Chronicle, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Vox, Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

Steve lives with his wife and two sons in Washington, DC.


“There are so many places across the country that stand to benefit from this program, but have yet to understand how to best draw investments into the projects that will do the most to revitalize and renew their local economies. It's no surprise that Steve has decided to build on his impressive track record to bridge the gap between communities and investors, so that this once-in-a-generation program can reach its full potential.”

-- Mayor Steve Benjamin, President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (Columbia, SC)

“Investors and developers are excited about Opportunity Zones, but need credible guidance to help properly release the potential of this program. Steve is uniquely qualified to offer the expertise the market needs to catalyze the capital that is sitting on the sidelines.”

-- Scott Goodman, Co-Founder of Sterling Bay and Founding Principal of Fairpoint Development (Chicago, IL)

“Steve played a vital role in designing the Opportunity Zone legislation and navigating it to passage. He will be a valuable advisor to those who now seek to understand its impact and implementation around the country.”

-- Ron Klain, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Revolution and Former Chief of Staff to Vice Presidents Biden and Gore (Washington, DC)

“The passage of Opportunity Zones has generated nationwide excitement – and many unanswered questions – among community leaders, investors, philanthropies, and public officials seeking to deploy this powerful incentive. Steve is uniquely well-positioned to help key stakeholders ensure Opportunity Zones reach their true potential in connecting struggling communities with much-needed capital."

-- John Lettieri, Co-Founder and President of the Economic Innovation Group (Washington, DC)

“Steve's leadership helped take Opportunity Zones from a big idea to one of the biggest bipartisan achievements of the last several years. We're excited he'll now utilize his unique knowledge and skills to shape this exciting new marketplace, working alongside stakeholders like EIG to ensure capital begins flowing quickly to benefit underserved communities.”

-- Sean Parker, Founder and Chairman of the Economic Innovation Group, Co-Founder of Napster and Founding President of Facebook (Los Angeles, CA)

“Opportunity Zones are the next big thing for impact investors, but at a scale we have never seen before. Steve’s deep understanding of how the opportunities available to investors can meet the needs of communities will enable the win-win outcomes that this program is looking to achieve."

-- Jim Sorenson, Founder of the Sorenson Impact Center and Sorenson Communications (Salt Lake City, UT)