Steve joined Thrive Scholars as Executive Director in February of 2016, an organization that allows him to continue pursuing his lifelong goal of providing life-changing educational opportunities to underserved youth in our society. Previously, Steve was the founding executive director of the Boston Debate League (BDL) following a ten-year career as a high school history teacher. Over eight years at the BDL, Steve oversaw its transformation from a staff of one to 18, a budget of $30,000 to $2.5 million, and 30 students to 1,000, leaving a legacy of rigorous and meaningful academic opportunities for thousands of BPS students and fundamentally transformed instructional practice across many BPS high schools. Steve holds a B.A. in history and philosophy from Emory University and a M.Ed. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.