In Memory of Stephen Crawford, Ph.D.
1942 - 2022
Steve Crawford was an economic sociologist whose research focused on postsecondary education and training, non-degree credentials and credentialing, and labor-market functioning and fairness. He served as the co-director of GWIPP's Program on Skills, Credentials and Workforce Policy. In 2019-21, he was Principal Investigator for the Non-degree Credentials Research Network and co-director of the Better Employment and Training Strategies (BETS) taskforce. Earlier, he was co-PI for the Credential Transparency Initiative, which now is the independent non-profit, Credential Engine. In addition to projects on credentials, his work addressed student loan policy, employer investments in training, disruptive innovation in higher education, work-based learning and publicly-funded workforce development.
Before coming to George Washington University, Steve served as VP for Policy & Research at CFED and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings; Deputy Director of Brookings’ Metropolitan Policy Program; Director of Social, Economic and Workforce Programs at the National Governors Association; and Executive Director of the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board in Maryland. He also taught at Bates College and the University of Maryland, and was the executive director of research centers in Cambridge, MA and College Park, MD.
Steve spent three years in the U.S. Army as a training officer in the Airborne School and an infantry officer in Vietnam. More recently, he served on the Frederick County (MD) Board of Education and on the Obama-Biden transition team and the boards of ANSI (American National Standards Institute) and Workcred.
Dr. Crawford holds a BA from Cornell University, a Master's degree from the Wharton Business School and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. His publications include a book, Technical Workers in an Advanced Society (Cambridge University Press, 1989) and many articles, book chapters, white papers, policy briefs and reviews.