Steven was born and raised in Boyle Heights, a historically working-class and Latino neighborhood in Los Angeles. As the son of Mexican immigrant parents, he grew up believing that education was the pathway to prosperity. Through the support of his family and community, Steven became the exception-not the rule-when he received his dual B.A.s in communications and psychology from the University of Southern California and his M.A. in special education from Loyola Marymount University.
After college, Steven moved back to Boyle Heights and taught fifth grade special education. While teaching, he crafted education policy recommendations through his work with Educators for Excellence, Teach Plus, and Education Pioneers. These experiences informed his decision to pursue an additional M.A. in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley, where he is furthering his understanding of the intersection between race, education, and wealth.
Steven joined Educators for Excellence because he believes teachers can break down the systemic injustices that prevent students of color from thriving. He hopes to empower teachers to develop effective, efficient, and equitable policies that reflect their classroom experiences.