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Director, Center for Innovation Strategy and Policy
Roland Stephen, Ph.D., leads project teams in the area of higher education and economic development. Stephen has more than 15 years of management experience in policy analysis, strategic planning, program design, and program evaluation.
Recent projects include an assessment of four programs for the Economic Development Administration, Department of Commerce, including the University Center and the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms programs, as well as the analysis of funding mechanisms for higher education institutions across the U.S. on behalf of the Nevada legislature. He also helped lead in the design of an economic diversification strategy for an industrial city in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia. He is presently engaged in the evaluation of a national program of technical assistance for the Department of Energy, and an executive leadership program at the National Institutes of Health.
Prior to joining SRI, Stephen lead several programs at the Institute for Emerging Issues, at North Carolina State University, where he was an associate professor in the School of Public and International Affairs. Programs included aligning higher education institutions around state economic development goals, and accelerating the growth of technology-intensive businesses though innovative policies and practices in workforce, infrastructure, and public finance.
Stephen holds a Ph.D. in international and comparative political economy from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.A. in history and economics from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.