Steve Pines
Founder and CEO


  • Business of education
  • Education technology
  • Leadership and governance
  • Private schools
  • School reform
  • Special education

Steve Pines recently retired from his position as executive director of the Education Industry Association, the nation’s premier association representing private companies serving the preK-12 education market. Prior to joining EIA, Pines was a vice president for Sylvan Learning Systems Inc. for 10 years, leading the company’s business in workforce development services and education programs for at-risk youth. During this time, Pines also developed a new business channel with two and four-year colleges for developmental education services, and in the corporate training area. Pines worked for eight years as a deputy director at the Enterprise Foundation, helping revitalize low-income neighborhoods nationwide. His initial work in education and employment policy spanned positions at the National Alliance of Business, the National Association of Counties, and the United States Department of Labor- Employment and Training Administration, where he worked during the Carter administration. Pines has a master’s degree in business from Southern Illinois University, a master’s in education psychology from the University of Connecticut, and a bachelor’s degree from Hobart College.