Steven (he/him/his) manages the RAY Diversity Fellowship Programs, recruits and supports hosting and non-hosting organizations, provides coaching support for hosting organization supervisors, and facilitates DEI content for ELP regional network retreats. He is an experienced educator and thought leader in the intersectionality of Sustainability, Education, Workforce Development and Entrepreneurship with a focus on Social Justice and Youth Development. He has over 15 years in the field of sustainability and education; developing sustainability focused educational programs, youth development and creating pathways for leadership. He is a leading consultant in the areas of Sustainability, Leadership Coaching, K-12 education, Strategic Planning and Systems Thinking.
Steven is the lead founder, former CEO, and School leader of the Barack Obama Green Charter High School, New Jersey’s first charter high school focused on sustainability. The school’s mission is to develop independent critical thinkers and leaders in the area of sustainable development. Steven served as a researcher at the Global Labor Institute at Cornell University’s School of Industrial Labor Relations (ILR). His research on Green Jobs and the development of a Low Carbon Green Economy led him to work closely with national and international labor leaders strategizing emerging changes in the global workforce and economy in the use of sustainable practices. He also served as a co-program designer and facilitator for the Black Trade Union Leadership Program which concentrated on developing the leadership skill of local union leaders.
Steven holds a Bachelor of Arts from Pace University in Anthropology and a Masters of Arts from The New School in International Affairs. He served as a mentor for the Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative, a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program, member of the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences and Committee Member of the NAACP, Environmental and Climate Justice Committee.