NORFOLK, VA – May 15, 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. 


At Lawson, we understand that what we do – and how we do it – affects the everyday lives of people we care about. For more than 50 years we’ve focused on positively impacting people, from team members and residents to investors and business partners. We manage and own approximately 4,800 apartment units and continue to grow with nearly 1,200 units in development. Our business model provides vertical integration of development, construction, property management and asset management, which enables our team of experts to add value at every stage for our partners. When you act with integrity, focus on quality and work to find creative solutions, great things are possible. It’s how we’ve done business at Lawson since 1972. For more information, please visit