Morning Keynote Session: Steve Gunderson

Steve Gunderson
  • President and CEO of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities
  • Former U.S. Congressman and member of the Wisconsin Legislature

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Steve Gunderson was named President and CEO of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities in January, 2012. His appointment continues an entire career of leadership and engagement the education and workforce investment challenges facing America’s citizens.

This commitment began at the age of 23, when he was first elected to the Wisconsin State Legislature. After three terms in Madison, Gunderson served 16 years in the U.S. Congress and was a recognized leader on agriculture, education, employment policy, health care and human rights issues. Following his career in public service, he was named the senior consultant and managing director of the Washington office of The Greystone Group, a strategic management and communications consulting firm. His portfolio centered around research, writing, speaking and consulting on the jobs revolution in America. He was the lead author of a book on this subject, The Jobs Revolution: Changing How America Works.

Gunderson spent the last six years as President and CEO of the Council on Foundations. One of his many priorities at the Council was education and workforce investment. Under his leadership the Council has created a division for Public-Private Partnerships where the National Fund for Workforce Solutions operates under the leadership of Stephanie Powers. A researcher and a writer, Steve has just completed the first draft of a new book on “Re-Creating America’s Middle Class.” He is recognized for his insight and analysis on the national political issues of the day, and has lectured widely from Harvard University to The Brookings Institution.

Steve graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a degree in Political Science. He then completed studies at Brown School of Broadcasting in Minneapolis. Today, he lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his partner Jonathan Stevens. He serves on various nonprofit boards including Lutheran World Relief; The Gettysburg Theological Seminary; and The White House Fellows Selection Commission.
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