"Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer."
John F. Kennedy
Steve also has been active in public affairs at the grassroots level for many years. He served as Outreach Director of the Springfield District Republican Committee, and was dual-hatted for a time as the captain of both Fountainhead and Silverbrook precincts. Over the years, he has been an active supporter of and campaign volunteer for several of our area's most able leaders, including Tom Davis, Pat Herrity and Dave Albo.
Steve is the proud father of four children, the youngest of whom is still in the Fairfax County Public School system. He dedicates his energy and his efforts to doing all in his power to make the world they inherit a more stable, prosperous, happy and opportunity-filled place. Steve and his wife, Constance, reside in Fairfax Station.
The grandson of Italian immigrants, Steve was born in New York CIty and raised in suburban New Jersey. His parents had lived through the Depression and World War II, and both had to leave school to help support their families -- his father completed two years at City College; his mother was obliged to drop out of high school when her father became too ill to work, and she took a job in a knitting factory.
From an early age, Steve was taught the importance of family, hard work, education, and never giving up in pursuit of his goals. Those lessons became all the more sharp at the age of 14, when his father died suddenly and his mother had to return to the
workforce with no high school diploma and no highly marketable skills. In spite of the challenges, Steve excelled in school and turned down admission offers from several Ivy League colleges in order to attend the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he majored in International Politics and graduated with honors. To make ends meet, he worked throughout college -- first in an ice cream shop, then running a media project on Capitol Hill, and finally as a full-fledged staff member of a prominent public policy and advocacy organization.
Steve left the Washington area only to attend the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he was an Earhart Fellow. He again worked throughout his four years there, as Research Staff Director of the International Security Studies Program. Despite developing good job prospects by earning master's and doctoral degrees, Steve was determined to serve the country that had afforded him so much opportunity. He received an extremely rare direct appointment as a combat arms officer in reserve components of the US Army, as an armor officer, and went on to serve for 15 years in command and staff positions in armored cavalry, Special Forces, and strategic intelligence units. After graduate school, Steve returned to the National Capital Area in 1989 and put down roots in Virginia, with which he had fallen in love during his years at Georgetown. He has lived in Northern Virginia ever since.
Steve served the national interest as a civilian, too, working for some 13 years with the Defense Intelligence Agency in a variety of roles, often on highly complex and extremely sensitive issues. He entered the business world in 2002, but continued to support the national security sector for several years, first as an on-site manager and later in progressively more senior executive roles with several leading firms. Seeking still greater challenges, Steve joined an international consultancy and solution provider, becoming general manager of its Integrated Solutions Group and supporting clients all over the world. Today, as a business owner, Steve builds teams that deliver solutions that span multiple continents, cultures, levels of development and popular perceptions to overcome all manner of complex and critical challenges.
Juggling career and family obligations hasn't prevented Steve from serving the community as well. He served as president of the Glenmore homeowners association until the start of this campaign, and previously served as president of the large Crosspointe and Shadowalk homeowner associations. In the latter two roles, he was active in promoting the intelligent and creative redevelopment of the old Laurel Hill prison complex and the construction of the South County Middle School. He chaired a citizen review panel for the south county portion of a review of the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan. He has been active in a number of service organizations, was honored as the West Springfield Rotarian of the Year for 2004-05, and is a proud member of American Legion Post 176 in Springfield.