As Commonwealth’s Attorney, Steve won’t be stepping into a life of public service: he’ll be building upon one. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a U.S. Army helicopter pilot, Steve learned earlier than most what it means to serve—and to lead.
It was that sense of service and leadership that led Steve to study law following his time in the Army. Attending law school at Temple University, Steve graduated in 2010 earning honors as a member of the Temple Law Review and as a Fellow in Temple University’s Public Interest Law Honor Society. Additionally, Steve received the prestigious Albert L. Bricklin Memorial Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement, which is awarded to the evening division student with the highest academic rank at graduation.
Following his academic studies, Steve was recruited through the Attorney General’s Honors Program at the United States Department of Justice. He spent the next six years as a federal prosecutor under the Obama Administration—first as a Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and later a Trial Attorney in both the Criminal Tax Division and the Consumer Protection Branch. During his time at the Justice Department, Steve aggressively pursued cases in which the privileged and corrupt leveraged their position to take advantage of the poor and vulnerable—successfully prosecuting embezzlement and extortion cases against perpetrators that preyed on immigrant populations and the mentally disabled.
In 2016, Steve moved on from the Justice Department, becoming the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel at Paragon Autism Services. Currently, Steve leads Paragon’s efforts to provide behavioral therapy to some of Virginia’s most vulnerable children—those who rely on Medicaid for treatment or don’t have access to the resources or support to adequately meet the needs associated with their Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Although Steve stepped away from the Justice Department to take up his leadership role at Paragon, he has not left the law behind. Steve is a member of the prominent Fairfax County Police Civilian Review Panel, the oversight body tasked with conducting civilian oversight of the county police department. Believing that effective oversight can only be achieved when all communities’ voices are heard, Steve regularly visits churches, citizens groups, and activist organizations to listen to their concerns and build partnerships between those groups and the Civilian Review Panel.
In addition to to his work with the Police Civilian Review Panel, Steve is an active member of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee, and has served on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, as well as on the Fairfax County NAACP Criminal Justice Committee.
Steve is proud to have made his home in Fairfax County for the past 8 years. With Ryanne, his wife of 15 years, and his 7-year-old daughter Charlotte, he plans to continue to live and work within this community to promote the principles of equality and justice that are necessary to improve the lives of every individual that calls Fairfax County home.