PEDA - Pennsylvania Economic Development Association

September 2015 Member Spotlight

09/23/2015 8:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Stephen P. Mullin is a President and Principal of Econsult Solutions, an economic consulting firm based in Philadelphia. His consulting practice concentrates on state and public finance and policy analysis, economic and real estate development and impact analyses, and business-government strategies.

Mr. Mullin was a Senior Vice President and Principal at Econsult Corporation. Mr. Mullin also served from 1993-2000 as Philadelphia’s Director of Commerce, chairing the Mayor’s Economic Development Cabinet and coordinating activities of the City’s development agencies and the Division of Aviation. He served on many boards and commissions, including the City Planning Commission, the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, the Philadelphia Commercial Development Corporation (Chair), the Airport Advisory Board, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Historic Commission, the Port of Philadelphia and Camden, and the Penn’s Landing Development Corporation. Mr. Mullin also served as Philadelphia’s Director of Finance from 1992-93, during the City’s fiscal turnaround. He chaired the Municipal Pension Board and was a member of the PICA Board and the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority Board.

He was Budget Director for the City of St. Louis (82-88) and Director of Corporate Development for the Laclede Gas Company (88-90), where he developed merger and acquisition strategies for the investor-owned utility. From 1990 to 1992, he served as Deputy Director of the St. Louis Development Corporation, where he was responsible for commercial and industrial development programs in St. Louis.

Mr. Mullin is active in Philadelphia corporate and civic activities. He currently serves as an independent trustee of the Optimum Fund Trust Mutual Fund, a Director of the NASDAQOMX Futures Exchange, a co-Chair of the Urban Institute Forum for ULI, and on the advisory boards of the Haverford Trust Company and the Arden Real Estate Funds. He also serves on the boards of CultureWorks, the Independence Visitor Center Corporation, the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation, the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Lambda Alpha International, and the Presbyterian Foundation. He also serves on the Preservation Alliance Advocacy Committee, the Design Advocacy Group Steering Committee, the Philadelphia Sports Congress, and the Philadelphia World Trade Center Advisory Council. He formerly served as the Regional Director of the Harvard Alumni Association, as Finance Committee Chair of the University City Science Center Board, as Treasurer of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, as President of the Harvard Club of Philadelphia, as Chairman of the Commercial Realty Review Corporate Advisors, and on the Boards of the Union League, the Fairmount Park Conservancy, the Editorial Board of the AIA’s journal Context, the Mural Arts Advisory Board, and many other civic and cultural boards.

Mr. Mullin is a 1973 cum laude graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, a 1977 magna cum laude in Economics graduate of Harvard University, and earned an M.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982. He has taught economics and public finance courses at Drexel University, UPenn’s Fels School, The Wharton School of Business, UPenn’s City Planning Department,  Bryn Mawr College, Widener University, Temple University, Philadelphia University and Peirce College. He served as Chairman of the Corporate Advisory Council at Drexel’s Center for E-Commerce Management. He has authored articles, delivered numerous speeches, is frequently interviewed in print and television media, and participates in many seminars and panels discussing macroeconomics, local government policy, economic and real estate development, environmental issues, education, and e-commerce. He was voted one of Philadelphia’s 101 most connected people in 2007.

Mr. Mullin is a member of the Union League and the Philadelphia Club, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, the Wissahickon Skating Club, and the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association (PEDA).

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