Steve grew up in an environmental family. Not only was his father winning awards for water conservation in the 60s, but he was also raising organic beef in Kansas well before they called it organic. Steve moved to a house on the Back Bay almost two decades ago and has been involved in many different environmental organizations. Currently, he serves on the Advisory Board at University of California, Irvine for their Sustainability Leadership program and is a founding member and President of the Orange County Green Chamber.
He founded the Green Buyers Broker Organization, which helps homeowners install solar panels and green products for their homes utilizing rebates and incentives from realtors and government organizations. In addition, he sits on the board for Orangewood PALs and the Bacchus Doc in a Box. This group is working with a local high school to design and build a mobile medical center to ship to South Africa in 2011. He is the past president of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and is a volunteer for the American Cancer Society.
Steve joined the NBC Board in 2009 as co-chair of the Donor and Community Relations Committee and chaired the Rebranding Committee in 2010, resulting in a name change to the Newport Bay Conservancy. His priorities for the Bay include education and restoration.