Stephen Crout

Founder & Principal CityTech Strategy Group, LLC

Steve has extensive public policy experience with an expertise in technology, energy, infrastructure, resilience, and sustainability issues.  He has served in senior public policy positions in the U.S. Congress, the Executive Branch, and the private sector.

Steve began his career in Washington, DC, working for his local Congressman as Legislative Director.  He served as a presidential political appointee at the U.S. Department of Energy including positions as Senior Advisor for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, and Associate Director of the Office of Policy.  Steve continued practicing energy and environment policy as Managing Director of Government Affairs at the American Gas Association.

Steve then transitioned to the telecommunications and high-tech arena where he served in senior positions at both Motorola and Qualcomm.  In these positions he focused on a wide variety of issues including grid modernization, infrastructure resilience, IoT/Smart Cities, cybersecurity, privacy, identity management, and sustainability.

Steve’s diverse background led him to begin his own consulting practice focused on strategic public-private partnerships in the fast-growing IoT and smart cities market representing a variety of clients.  He serves as Executive Director of the Smart Cities Policy Working Group where he has helped spur the introduction of federal legislation including the Smart Cities and Communities Act, and the Moving First Act.  In addition, he serves as project manager of the “Readiness for Resilience” program focused on helping communities impacted by natural disaster integrate smart, resilient technology into the critical infrastructure to enhance resilience.  Finally, Steve co-founded a non-profit organization called “CANVAS for Recovery and Resilience” focused on the needs of grassroots organizations dedicated to assisting communities impacted by natural disaster.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Rollins College, and a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Johns Hopkins University.