A RECORD OF SERVICE
Steve is a Veteran, environmental, and community advocate.
He works as the California Director of the Vet Voice Foundation of VoteVets.org, a national organization of 500,000 of veterans, family members, and active military that works to use the voices of Veterans to speak out on public policy issues such as the environment, healthcare, education, civil and LGBT rights.
Steve grew up the son of union autoworkers and small business owners in Detroit. Graduating from Henry Ford High School, he later attended Kent State University of Ohio, a school steeped in progressive tradition. During this time, he enlisted in the Air National Guard to pay for college. He served a tour of duty in Iraq in 2005.
Soon after his return, he heard a young Senator named Barack Obama courageously proclaim it was time to end the “tyranny of oil” in front of a group of autoworkers. Steve was inspired to join his presidential campaign in Iowa in early 2007 and organized in seven states across the country for the next two years. He later served in the White House and Department of Energy during the administration’s first term, briefing high-level officials and launching a program to get jobs for veterans in the energy sector.
Since then, Steve has been on the frontlines of progressive fights in California, advocating for protecting residents of Culver City and Los Angeles from drilling interests, serving as a prominent supporter of campaigns to lower drug prices and put us on a path to universal, single-payer healthcare.
Steve is a member of the Sierra Club, Community Coalition and the Black Cooperative Investment Fund. He also serves on the Young Professionals Council of the LGBT Center and National Association of Black Veterans.
He was named Democrat of the Year for the 54th Assembly District by his fellow activists for his grassroots leadership in several clubs and in the fight for progressive policy statewide.
Steve lives in the neighborhood of Palms and attends Holman United Methodist Church.