City Manager, Policy Advisor, Municipal Consultant - Retired
Prior to his retirement in 2014, Steve had more than thirty- eight years professional public and private sector experience in municipal management, urban planning, economic development, housing, and public finance. As a city manager, policy advisor, municipal consultant, developer, or as a departmental director, he had served nearly 60 public and private sector organizations. He negotiated, developed public financing structures, and prepared feasibility studies for more than $4 billion in real estate development projects. Steve was an executive team member in the establishment of two newly incorporated California cities serving as the first Community Development Director and second City Manager of the City of Murrieta and the first City Manager of the City of Jurupa Valley. He held the positions of President of the City of San Diego’s Southeast Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), and Deputy City Manager of the City of Santa Ana serving as the City’s Executive Director of both the Redevelopment Agency and Housing Authority. He is a past Member of the Board of Directors for the California Municipal Finance Authority (CMFA). Serving as an Instructor at Northwestern University, the University of La Verne, and California State University, Northridge, Steve facilitated the education of more than 1,000 graduate students in public policy, urban management, globalization, and economic development. He studied Comparative Politics, Environmental Economics, International Relations, and Russian History at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). He holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from California State University, Long Beach. Steve currently teaches political history for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of California, Riverside.