Steven is primarily responsible for ESG research and shareholder engagement and helps guide Boston Common’s ESG investment guidelines and research. Steven leads select engagement activities, including the firm’s participation in Climate Action 100+, Eco Efficiency, and Just Transition.
With over 30 years of experience in the sustainable and responsible investment field, Steven has served in leadership roles on numerous industry committees and working groups. He is known for his expertise on climate change, renewable energy, extractive industries, and the rights of indigenous peoples. Steven has helped develop industry standards for sustainable solar energy since 2010. As chair of the advocacy committee for the Investors and Indigenous Peoples Working Group from 2007 to 2019, he helped lead investor engagement to change the name of Washington’s NFL team in 2020. Between 2013 and 2019 and in cooperation with As You Sow and the Investor Environmental Health Network, Steven co-authored editions of Disclosing the Facts: Transparency and Risk in Hydraulic Fracturing Operation. This work led to industry-wide improvements in environmental practices by oil & gas companies.
Steven currently serves as Treasurer to the Board of Directors of Cultural Survival and is a member of the board of International Funders for Indigenous Peoples. He received two BS degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives with his wife in Montpelier, Vermont; his two daughters and three grandchildren live nearby.