President and CEO
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 in 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 recently published his latest book The New Middle Class: Creating Wealth, Wages, and Opportunity in the 21st Century. 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. He serves on various nonprofit boards including Lutheran World Relief, The Gettysburg Theological Seminary and The White House Fellows Selection Commission.
PSCUs open doors to many of the 13 million unemployed and 90 million underemployed Americans by providing a skills-based education. To remain competitive over the next decade, we must identify between 8 and 23 million new workers with postsecondary skills.PSCUs are a necessary part of that solution, having produced over 800,000 degrees last year alone.