President of the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District
President of the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District, Mr. Stevens founded this organization in 2006. For the past seven years, he has worked to achieve the vision of a vibrant, mixed-use, transit-oriented community that is a regional waterfront destination for Washington, DC. The Capitol Riverfront BID provides a range of services on behalf of its stakeholders, including Clean & Safe Teams, business and retail attraction efforts, strategic planning, transportation planning, management and maintenance of parks as well as community building. Mr. Stevens has been involved in the economic development, urban planning and downtown/neighborhood development fields for most of his 35-year career. He has participated in numerous downtown redevelopment efforts for such cities as Wichita, Kansas; Lubbock, Dallas and San Antonio, Texas; Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee; Jackson, Mississippi; and Washington, DC. He served as Director of Planning for his hometown of Jackson and as the Vice-President of Development for the Center City Commission in Memphis. Prior to his work at the BID, he was the President and CEO of the Washington, DC Economic Partnership from 2000 to 2006, building that organization from a start-up to a full partner in the District’s economic development initiatives. Mr. Stevens holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning/Urban Design from and a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Sociology from Millsaps College. He is actively involved in the community through service on a variety of boards such as the National Cherry Blossom Festival; the Washington, DC Economic Partnership; Barracks Row Main Street; and Destination DC.