Stephen brings more than fifteen years of experience in managing strategic initiatives, media campaigns, political campaigns, community outreach initiatives, grassroots organizing efforts, legislative advocacy, movement building and nonprofit management to his work at KRC. Steve serves as our point person for all media and political campaigns and community outreach efforts. His clients include the Marin General Hospital, Center for Judicial Excellence, California Association of Food Banks and all KRC political campaigns.
Prior to joining KRC in 2007, Stephen served as Executive Director of the Connecticut Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, organizing low-income families throughout Connecticut to influence public policy. Under Stephen’s direction, Connecticut ACORN won a remarkable legislative victory in 2005 with the passage of H.B. 6830, a state bill that capped interest rates on predatory Refund Anticipation Loans (RAL’s) at 40% (From 260%). This legislation was the first of its kind in the United States and was a monumental victory for low-to-moderate income families in the state of Connecticut. From mobilizing a 2003 campaign to restore heat and electricity to fixed income seniors who could not afford to pay the enormous rate increases, to helping lifelong homeowners re-finance out of predatory mortgage loans, Stephen has spent much of his career working to address issues of financial injustice for low-income families and fixed income seniors.
Stephen also held positions with the Connecticut Working Families Party (CWFP), where he served as state Co-Chair and Executive Treasurer. At CWFP, Stephen played a key role in developing what is now the strongest third party in the state of Connecticut.
Upon moving to California in 2006, Stephen worked with the Grassroots Leadership Network (GLN) of Marin, where he served as the Civic Engagement and Public Policy Coordinator. In this capacity, Stephen worked with the GLN membership to find grassroots solutions to many of the problems affecting Marin’s under-represented individuals and families.
Stephen holds a B.A. in Political Science from Central Connecticut State University. He lives in San Anselmo, where he is active with a broad range of community activities and organizations, including the San Anselmo Parks and Recreation Commission, Democratic Central Committee of Marin and the Marin County Elections Advisory Committee.