Steve fell in love with the Oregon Desert while earning his J.D. at Lewis and Clark Law School and working for the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission. After moving to Alaska, he worked for Earthjustice, the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, the Alaska Conservation Foundation, and the Alaska State Legislature. From there he joined The Pew Charitable Trusts and spent the next two decades working in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Chile, focused in particular on helping establish and build Indigenous-led conservation systems. For the last several years, Steve has served as Director of International Conservation and Human Rights at the Resources Legacy Fund, continuing his focus on Indigenous rights and biodiversity conservation.
In addition to his law degree, Steve has a B.A. in poetry from the University of Illinois. He currently lives in Seattle but takes every available opportunity to seek sun, solitude, and spiritual renewal on the east side of the Cascades.