Steve is an accomplished facilitator, trainer, presenter, partnership developer, and program designer. He is a seasoned veteran in youthwork, beginning his career as a direct service provider in San Francisco in 1975. He is currently president and executive director of New Ways to Work, where he has worked for the past 31 years.
Currently Steve serves as the treasurer of the National Foster Care Coalition, and co-chairman of the California Foster Youth Career Development and Employment Task Force. He also served on the Leadership Team for California’s Breakthrough Series Collaborative on Independent Living Program Transformation and is a former member of the National School-to-Work Advisory Council. Steve is a member of the National Mentoring Partnership and the National Child Labor Council, and past chair of the National Youth Employment Coalition. He also served on California’s National Governors' Association “Home Team” on Foster Youth Transition and co-chaired its employment subcommittee. At home, he has served as a member of the Sonoma County Economic Development Board and the Russian River Redevelopment Planning Committee, and is past president of the Monte Rio Union School District
Steve is the principal designer of New Ways’ All Youth - One System approach, and he has been involved with the development of youth employment, career development, and education policy and implementation on the national, state, and local levels. His background includes developing and implementing a number of model initiatives, including the Foster Youth Pathways to Employment Initiative, New Ways Workers, Communities and Schools for Career Success in California, the Quality Work-based Learning Initiative, the California Youth Council Institute, the School to Work Intermediary Project and many others. He has served as senior consultant to the Industry Education Council of California and has had extensive direct service experience with the CYO of the Bay Area, the San Francisco Art Commission, and as a music teacher in the public schools.