As president and trustee, Steve leads the foundation’s work to turn bold ideas into enduring impact. Since becoming president, he has led the creation of new strategies for the Science and Environmental Conservation Programs and the formation of the Patient Care Program.
Steve has devoted his career to the nonprofit sector. He began working for The Nature Conservancy in 1977 as western regional legal counsel and became executive director of its California program in 1984. In that role he led an effort to create "Conservation By Design," the guiding strategic framework for the organization. Steve eventually served as The Nature Conservancy’s President and CEO. He also helped found Resources Law Group, which offers strategic expertise in designing programs to conserve natural resources.
Steve has served on many boards and is currently on the boards of Independent Sector, Sustainable Conservation and the California Wildlife Officers Foundation. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Chevron Conservation Award, Edmund G. Brown Award for Environmental and Economic Balance, John Pritzlaff Conservation Award and California League of Conservation Voters’ Conservation Leadership Award.
Steve graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and Hastings School of Law.