Stephen P. Mullin

Stephen P. Mullin

President and Principal

Senior Economic Advisor and Chairman, ESI ThoughtLab

Background & Experience

As founder and president of Econsult Solutions, Stephen P. Mullin provides expertise in the economics of state and local public finance and policy analysis, economic and real estate development and impact analyses, and business-government strategies. His consulting practice dates back to 2000, having a client base ranging from state and local governments and agencies, private businesses, real estate developers, and not-for-profit institutions.

Prior to entering private consulting practice, Mr. Mullin served in top-level city government and private business positions. While in these positions he was directly involved with urban issues including: tax and expenditure policy; infrastructure and capital investments; pension funds; economic development; urban growth and planning policies and implementation. He served on many public sector and other quasi-governmental boards and commissions.

  • Philadelphia Director of Commerce, 1993-2000;
  • Philadelphia Director of Finance, 1992-1993 (during the City’s fiscal turnaround);
  • St. Louis Development Corporation Deputy Director, 1990-1992;
  • Laclede Gas Company Director of Corporate Development 1988-1990;
  • St. Louis Budget Director, 1982-1988.


Mr. Mullin is active as a director on corporate, public sector civic, and cultural boards, having served on over 75 over the course of his career. Currently he serves on the following boards:

  • Optimum Fund Trust Mutual Fund, NASDAQ Futures, Inc., Haverford Trust Company,
    and The Arden Real Estate Funds;
  • Spring Garden Civic Association;
  • Independence Visitor Center Corporation, The Library Company of Philadelphia, Independence Hall Association (;
  • Lambda Alpha Philadelphia, Philadelphia Real Estate Council, ULI Philadelphia, Preservation Alliance Advocacy Committee, Philadelphia AIA Context Editorial Board, Philadelphia Sports Congress, Philadelphia World Trade Center Advisory Council.

Mr. Mullin has taught graduate level economics, public policy, and public finance at Philadelphia and St. Louis area universities for nearly 40 years. He continually writes for publication, has delivered numerous speeches, provides expert opinion to the media, and is a frequent presenter on panels and symposia. In 2007, he was voted one of Philadelphia’s 101 most connected people.