Steve MacDonald, Managing Director
MBA, Pepperdine University
BS, Marketing, San Diego State University


Steve MacDonald joined SDS in 2008 as Managing Director. He has over 29 years of diverse experience in economic development, both in the private sector and in government. He oversees operations for SDS’ National New Markets Fund ($477 million deployed), focusing on originations and deployment. Prior to joining SDS, Mr. MacDonald served as president of Film L.A., the region’s primary film office and the world’s largest entertainment-based economic development corporation. Mr. MacDonald led the firm’s reorganization and instituted financial and operational reforms that restored order and viability to the challenged agency as it emerged from financial and public scandal.  Earlier in his career, Mr. MacDonald created and led the Los Angeles Business Team under Mayor Richard Riordan and was responsible for retaining and attracting businesses citywide as well as developing vital legislation covering business taxes, public works fees and economic recycling zones.  Mr. MacDonald earned a BS in Marketing from San Diego State University and an MBA from Pepperdine University.