Stephen Perkins, PhD

Vice President, Market Research + Innovation

Steve Perkins joined CNT in 1980 and has since developed and managed many public policy and economic development projects.

At CNT, Steve has been the lead planner for the Amoco Neighborhood Nonprofit Energy Program, which offered one-stop energy conservation services to 150 community-based agencies and over 170 buildings, and the Chicago Energy Savers Fund, a consortium of citywide and community groups which managed the energy conservation retrofit of 12,000 units of housing. He was the founder and convener of the Housing Abandonment Task Force, a multi-agency policy initiative to conserve the city’s existing housing stock and the director of the Amoco Fund for Neighborhood Economies which provided training and program related investments in Denver, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago and Northwest Indiana. Steve was founder and Director of Connections for Community Ownership, a CDFI that provided financing to minority entrepreneurs in franchising. He also directed the Wireless Community Network Project, as well as LEGInfo, an internet-based information service through which a consortium of coalitions tracked state legislation. He was co- founder of Faith in Place, Illinois’ leading interreligious organization focused on sustainability.

Prior to CNT, Steve founded and directed the Phoenix Limited Partnership, an interracial development group, and served as assistant to the chairman of South Shore National Bank, which became Shorebank. He was also co-director of Chicago’s Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Organization. In Evanston, Steve is the founder of the Evanston Interreligious Sustainability Project, the Network for Evanston’s Future, and Citizens' Greener Evanston.

Steve has a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Harvard College and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Chicago, where he was a William Rainey Harper Fellow.