CEO, Perella Weinberg Partners

Robert "Bob" Steel

Mr. Steel is a Partner and serves as Chief Executive Officer of Perella Weinberg Partners. Prior to joining the firm, he was New York City’s Deputy Mayor for Economic Development from 2010-2013 where he was responsible for the Bloomberg Administration’s five-borough economic development strategy and job-creation efforts, and oversaw such agencies as the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Department of City Planning, Department of Small Business Services, NYC Economic Development Corporation and NYC & Company, and chaired the Brooklyn Bridge Park board. A key initiative for Mayor Bloomberg’s Administration was to encourage and grow the technology sector of New York City’s economy, and Mr. Steel led the applied sciences initiative, which established the Cornell-Technion campus on Roosevelt Island and New York University Center for Urban Science and progress initiative in Brooklyn, New York.
Prior to his appointment as Deputy Mayor, Mr. Steel was the President and CEO of Wachovia where he oversaw the sale of the bank to Wells Fargo & Co. and served on the Wells Fargo board of directors until 2010. During his tenure at the U.S. Treasury as Under Secretary for Domestic Finance from 2006 to 2008, he received the President’s Working Group, the core group responded to the global economic crisis of 2008.

He is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.  Mr. Steel is the chairman of the Aspen Institutes’ Board of Trustees.