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Robert K. Steel is Chief Executive Officer at Perella Weinberg Partners. Prior to joining the Firm, he was New York City's Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, where he was responsible for the Bloomberg Administration's five-borough economic development strategy and job-creation efforts, and oversaw such agencies as the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Department of City Planning, Department of Small Business Services, NYC Economic Development Corporation and NYC & Company, and chaired the Brooklyn Bridge Park board. A key initiative of Mayor Bloomberg's Administration was to encourage and grow the technology sector of New York City's economy, and Steel led the applied sciences initiative, which established the Cornell-Technion campus on Roosevelt Island and New York University Center for Urban Science and Progress initiative in Brooklyn, New York.
He is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. Steel is Chairman of the Aspen Institute's Board of Trustees, and has served as Chairman of Duke's Board of Trustees, Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a member of the FDIC Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion, Chairman of The After-School Corporation, and Co-Founder of SeaChange Capital Partners, an organization dedicated to helping nonprofits grow.