Community Development Manager
Steve may have arrived at CU Strategic Planning technically new to the world of credit unions, but his background is such a perfect blend of community development and finance (topped off with an MBA and JD) that he was able to hit the ground running at full speed as soon as he arrived.
He began working with nonprofits 20 years ago with his time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and from there went on to manage USAID-funded projects in several former Soviet republics in Central Asia. After his return to the US, Steve spent time in Oregon as the Economic Development Director of the Siletz Tribal Business Corporation and Director of Finance and Administration for the Port of Newport.
His experience has made him a pro at creating economic development strategies, as well as winning and administering government grants. Steve enjoys being “boots on the ground” with community development, but also loves that his work with CU Strategic Planning will give him the opportunity to help credit unions create the solutions and products that they need to change their communities, all over the US.
Steve has a teenage daughter and son in college, and hangs his hat (for the time being) in Florida. A lifelong traveler, hiker, and learner, he’s always looking for new experiences and new things to learn. He’s a graduate of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and received simultaneous MBA and JD degrees from George Washington University.