Steven McCullough

Steven McCullough is a leader in community development. In Arlington, Virginia, he is the chief operating officer of Communities In Schools (CIS), the nation’s largest and most effective organization dedicated to keeping kids in school and helping them succeed in life. CIS works through nearly 200 affiliates across the country dedicated to dropout prevention. McCullough leads the CIS areas of network operations, finance, human resources, information technology and research, learning, and accreditation.

McCullough began his career in operations management. He worked at the Quaker Oats Company and then moved to supply chain consulting at Accenture.

After ten years in the private sector, McCullough became director of finance and executive vice president at the Chicago Association of Neighborhood Development Organizations. He also functioned as chief operating officer and president and CEO of Bethel New Life, a faith-based community development corporation on Chicago’s West Side with programs in community building, supportive housing, cultural arts, and human resources. He then served as the chief operating officer of the Safer Foundation, which is dedicated to helping individuals with criminal records re-enter society successfully across Illinois.

Before his current post, McCullough served as vice president of community impact at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. He led the strategy for establishing, maintaining, and improving relationships with community partners to achieve a collaborative response for addressing hunger and increasing food access across Cook County.

McCullough is a fellow of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Children Family Fellowship Program, a British American Project Fellow, and a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow.

He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Loyola and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago. He is a native Chicagoan but resides in northern Virginia. His family includes his wife, Ruanda Garth McCullough, PhD, and their two children.