17 May 2023

Lawson is proud to share that Lawson Chairman, Steve Lawson has been recognized on the Inside Business Power List 2023 Top 20.

The Inside Business Power List is an annual showcase of decision makers and influencers impacting the Hampton Roads economy. This year’s list organizes the Top 20 by influence and is followed by an additional 60 power players in the region.

Lawson was selected for the Top 20 for his contributions to affordable housing in Hampton Roads and throughout Virginia. Through The Lawson Companies, Lawson oversees a team managing approximately 4,800 apartment units, nearly half of which are affordable communities serving families earning less than 60% of the area median income. The company has nearly 1,200 additional new affordable apartments in their development and construction pipeline.

Lawson is a longtime advocate for equitable, affordable, and supportive housing and has served on the board of the nonprofit HousingForward Virginia and on the Rental Advisory Council of Virginia Housing, the statewide housing finance agency. He has also promoted affordable housing policy via leadership positions with the National Association of Home Builders, provided expert testimony to Congress on multiple occasions, and briefed the last three chairs of the Federal Reserve concerning challenges facing the industry.

“I am so fortunate to be surrounded by great people who understand the vision of top-quality affordable housing that my father set in motion over fifty years ago.”, said Lawson. “I am humbled by the recognition and grateful to our team, without whom we could not do what we do.”

Lawson was previously recognized with the Urban League of Hampton Roads Martin Luther King Community Leader Award in housing in 2023, and a Human Rights Award from the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission in 2019 for his contributions to affordable and supportive housing.