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Steve Koch

Managing Director, Bowline Group

Steven Koch most recently served as the  Co-Executive Chairman and interim Chief Executive Officer of Motivate, a leading bike share company in North America. He served as the Deputy Mayor of Chicago from September, 2012 to August, 2017. His responsibilities included economic development, planning, job creation and development, budget issues, municipal finance, and revenue.


Prior to that, Koch spent 27 years at Credit Suisse. During his tenure at CS, he both ran and was the co-chairman of the global mergers and acquisitions business. Under his leadership, the M&A business had over 400 professionals and peak yearly revenues of $2.5 billion. Koch advised on landmark transactions in a wide variety of industries, which together comprised more than $1 trillion of transactions.


Koch has a long history of civic engagement. He currently serves as the Chair of the Board of the City Tech Collaborative  and the Chicago River Task Force and sits on the boards of the Chicago Community Trust, mHUB, the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Navy Pier Inc., The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Naturally Chicago, The Southland Development AuthorityThe James Beard Foundation and the visiting committee of the University of Chicago Law School. He is also on the board of Local Coho inc, and the advisory board of Fast Radius, inc. He helped develop and teaches in the Directors’ Consortium, a training seminar for directors of public companies, sponsored by the University of Chicago and Stanford University. He is a life trustee of the Francis Parker School. He previously served as the Chair of the Board of both the Sinai Health System of Chicago and the Greater Chicago Food Depository and as Co-Chair of the Green Ribbon Committee on Sustainability and Climate Change of the City of Chicago. Koch is also a member of SLoFIG and the Hyde Park Angels.

Koch received his BA from Hampshire College, his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and his JD, cum laude, from the University of Chicago Law School. He was a Henry Luce Fellow and served as a law clerk for Judge Richard Cudahy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.


Koch has three grown children.

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