Director of Urban Resilience, Institute for Sustainable Communities
As the Director of Urban Resilience at the Institute for Sustainable Communities, Steve works to identify, catalyze and scale break-through opportunities to advance urban sustainability and resilience within the United States. Steve leads key components of ISC’s U.S. climate change adaptation & resilience programming to build the capacity of local leaders in addressing the impacts of global climate change and providing both strategic and technical assistance.
Since leaving government in 2009, Steve has led community-based and sector-based adaptation projects in Oregon, helped catalyze the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact as a model for metro-regional scale climate governance and co-founded the American Society of Adaptation Professionals to serve as a community of practice for professionals working in various sub-fields of climate adaptation.
In additional to Southeast Florida, he’s currently working on projects in the greater Phoenix and Seattle/Puget Sound regions. Steve has worked on resilience issues in New England, the Great Lakes region, the Intermountain West and the West Coast states in addition to advising on projects in Southeast Asia. From 2007-2009, Steve served as an energy and climate change policy advisor to Florida Governor Charlie Crist and as Staff Director for the Governor’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change. Previously, he served in a number of roles at Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection. In 2002-2003, he served as Senior Advisor to U.S. EPA Administrator Christie Todd Whitman’s Environmental Indicators Initiative.