Steven Bliss joined the Budget Center in 2011, bringing to the organization 20 years of experience in strategic communications, policy research, and advocacy. Prior to joining the Budget Center, he was executive director of Renew Lehigh Valley, which works to promote urban revitalization and regional equity in eastern Pennsylvania. He previously worked for several years as a San Francisco-based consultant specializing in policy research and analysis on housing, welfare, education, workforce development, public health, transportation, and regional economic development. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and holds a master's degree in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz.