Steve’s career spans well over 20 years of government relations, public affairs and energy sustainability experience. He was the 2014 Democratic Nominee for Texas Railroad Commissioner, which made him the youngest African American to win a statewide primary in Texas. He began his career in The Clinton White House as an intern in the Office of Legislative Affairs. He
assisted that division in their efforts to advance President Clinton’s congressional priorities. After moving back to Houston in 1998, he joined the staff of U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and later became the budget analyst for then House Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Sylvester Turner.
In 2003, he joined the American Heart Association – Texas Affiliate as its Vice President of Public Advocacy. There, he guided AHA through one of its best legislative sessions and was recognized as one of three most influential non-profit lobbyists in Texas from 2005 to 2007.
As a result of that success, Stephen launched Capitol Assets, A Full Service Public Affairs firm, which specialized in lobbying, issue campaigns and public relations. In that role, he was involved in numerous statewide advocacy efforts like funding for Medicaid/CHIP, childhood disabilities, stroke coordination, immunizations, mass transit and environmental justice issues.
Steve is currently the President of Capital Assets Sustainable Energy Development & Public Affairs LLC, a successful clean energy development consulting firm that specializes in the retrofitting of commercial, non-profit and multi-family properties with energy efficient and renewable energy improvements. To date, Capital Assets has secured close to $2 million in capital for energy
efficient/renewable energy retrofits through the state’s PACE program. Capital Assets has also helped to develop utility scale solar projects throughout Texas and assists local governments on their green energy procurement strategies.