STEPHEN JORDAN: Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Jordan is an internationally recognized expert in community and economic development, critical infrastructure protection, disaster recovery, international trade and investment, and public-private relations. He has a deep understanding of both government public policy and private sector operations, across industries, with a focus on finance, technology, infrastructure and health. He excels at developing and implementing policies and projects, building public-private partnerships and coalitions, and achieving desired goals that leverage market solutions and support U.S. policy objectives. 


Mr. Jordan’s signature accomplishments include serving as the first private sector secretariat for the Partnership for Critical Infrastructure Security and pioneering the first public-private information sharing protocols for threat and vulnerability information sharing in 1999, helping USAID with its private sector launch of the Global Development Alliance, and assisting President George W. Bush, USA Freedom Corps and 18 CEOs kick off the Business Strengthening Alliance workplace volunteerism initiative. He is responsible for facilitating and supporting the mobilization of over $3 Billion in corporate contributions to disaster response, including $750 Million after 9/11 and $1.1 Billion after Hurricane Katrina. Mr. Jordan was heavily involved in launching the first Military Quality of Life program at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with U.S. Defense Secretary and Mrs. William Cohen and H. Ross Perot, as well as founding the Center for Corporate Citizenship at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Corporate Citizenship Awards and working with thousands of companies across the United States to research and document business solutions to environmental, social, and governance challenges. In 2004, he helped launch the U.S. Business Education Network with 500 companies.  


Stephen Jordan has been named the leader of the private sector’s FEMA by the Wall Street Journal and has been selected by the World Economic Forum as having the best in class small business disaster preparedness program worldwide. His other accomplishments include pioneering the first State of Corporate Citizenship Surveys with Boston College, supporting the promotion and replication of the Minnesota HEALS program, which helped to reduce violent crime by 40% upon implementation in Jamaica, forging public-private information sharing agreements with FEMA, USAID, SBA, HUD, PACOM, and SOUTHCOM, helping to create the Asia-Pacific Disaster Resilience Network, and serving as the Finance and Investment Secretariat for the fourth Trade Ministerial and Business Summit of the Americas. 


For six years, Mr. Jordan served as a commissioner on the U.S. Commission for UNESCO. He contributed to the essay on the valuation of intangible assets like values and reputation to the National Association of Corporate Directors Valuation Handbook. In addition, he provided advice and counsel for the development of economic, infrastructure, and homeland security public policy, and helped the state of New Hampshire legislators benchmark their corporate tax, energy, health, and regulatory regimes against national benchmarks, leading to legislation that reduced New Hampshire’s corporate tax rate. He is the author of “Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: A Brief History of Corporate Citizenship in the United States.” Mr. Jordan was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the World Congress on CSR in Mumbai, India. He has testified before Congress on small business disaster recovery, business support for education, and business support for workplace volunteerism. He was also named to Beta Gamma Sigma, the Business Honor Society and the American Marketing Association Honor Society. 


From 2013 to 2018, Jordan co-led IO Sustainability, a management consulting firm specializing in assessing the business and economic value of corporate responsibility and community investment programs. Jordan worked with the New Hampshire Independent Business Council to conduct a nationwide comparative study of economic competitiveness and helped the state benchmark its corporate tax structure. Jordan also published a series of articles on new metrics for evaluating the attractiveness of cities, the education and health sector potential of the state of Virginia, and the role of the private sector in community economic development. He was asked to serve on the economic policy development team for a gubernatorial candidate and worked with a number of policy makers on resilience, infrastructure, and community economic development issues.  

In May 2000, Jordan founded and served for 12 years as executive director of the Center for Corporate Citizenship of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where he received widespread recognition for his pioneering work in the fields of corporate social responsibility, community economic development and disaster response. During his tenure, his organization mobilized over $3 billion in corporate contributions to disaster recovery and community economic development, developed public-private partnerships with six different government agencies, and developed a suite of programs that led his organization to be called “the private sector’s FEMA” by the Wall Street Journal. During his tenure he worked with hundreds of local chambers in the U.S. and around the world on disaster recovery and economic development issues, including planning, vision – development, leadership, project development, communications, coordination, and documentation.  


Previously, Jordan served as executive director of the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America, worked in the publishing industry and the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Stephen has received numerous awards and recognition for his work, and has appeared in major media including CNN, CNBC, Fox News, National Public Radio, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and many others. Jordan is a senior fellow at Babson College, the leading school for entrepreneurship in the country, and a fellow of the Caux Round Table. He has lectured or delivered remarks at Berkeley, George Washington University, Tulane, Wharton, and other schools and universities in the United States and around the world.  


Stephen holds an MBA from Georgetown University and an MA in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia with high academic honors from both institutions.  


As Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Sustainable Development, he has documented and published numerous reports on business and public-private policies and solutions to community economic development, disaster recovery, education, ethics, international aid and trade, technology and innovation, and health issues and challenges, as well as supported the launch and implementation of disaster recovery, community economic development, and corporate citizenship programs and partnerships in over two dozen communities across the U.S. and around the world. 

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