Steve was the founding director of IJJ and led its transition from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School to status as an independent nonprofit based in Oakland, Calif. He currently is media relations director for the University of California’s Office of the President. Before becoming director of IJJ in 2000, Steve served for 12 years as president of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. He has been a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, Vietnam Bureau of Pacific Stars and Stripes, Arizona Daily Star and Los Angeles Times. A founding member of the California Chicano News Media Association, he also is a lifetime member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.