Steve Dubb

Senior Editor, Nonprofit Quarterly

Boston, MA

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Steve works as an editor at a national nonprofit publication where he covers community groups, nonprofits, and anchor institutions building wealth in low-income communities and communities of color.

As Senior Editor at Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ), Steve covers a wide range of issues pertaining to the nonprofit sector and to community economic development and community wealth building more generally, with a focus on lifting up the stories from low-income communities and communities of color. As senior editor, Steve regularly authors articles himself, organizes special projects (such as webinars and webinar series), and works to cultivate voices from the sector and help them reach a broader audience.

Prior to working at NPQ, Steve worked for the greater part of two decades in the field of community economic development. This includes work as consultant to a range of groups including the Native American Youth and Family Association (NAYA) in Portland, Oregon; Strong City Baltimore; Rising Tide Capital in Jersey City, New Jersey; and Plant City Community Development Corporation in Plant City, Florida. From 2000 to 2003, Steve was executive director of North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO); from 2004 to 2016, Steve worked in various roles at The Democracy Collaborative, where he retains an affiliation as a Senior Fellow.  Steve also is engaged in a range of volunteer work, presently serving on the boards of the Center for Community-Based Enterprise (C2BE) in Detroit, and on the advisory board of NASCO.

In his work, Steve has authored, co-authored and edited numerous reports; participated in and facilitated learning cohorts; designed community building strategies; keynoted conferences; and helped build the field of community wealth building. Steve is the lead author of Building Wealth: The Asset-Based Approach to Solving Social and Economic Problems (Aspen 2005) and coauthor (with Rita Hodges) of The Road Half Traveled: University Engagement at a Crossroads, published by MSU Press in 2012. In 2016, Steve curated and authored Conversations on Community Wealth Building, a collection of interviews of community builders that Steve had conducted over the previous decade.

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  • Worked with Ted Howard in 2007 on the initial strategic planning that led to the development of the Evergreen Cooperatives initiative in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Wrote several feasibility studies in cities including Atlanta, Baltimore, Denver, Jacksonville, New Haven, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and Washington, DC, to identify ways that area anchor institutions can leverage their purchasing strength to help create community-owned businesses and/or better support existing businesses in low-income neighborhoods.
  • Part of the Democracy Collaborative’s Learning/Action Lab team partnering with the Northwest Area Foundation and Native American organizations in four cities to develop employee-owned businesses and social enterprises in Indian Country, both in urban areas and on reservation land.