Steven has nearly 45 years of public law experience, representing counties, cities and special districts. Following his graduation in 1973 from Law School at UC Berkeley, he was an attorney in the Santa Clara County Counsel’s office from 1974-1998, the last ten years serving as the County Counsel. He subsequently served as County Counsel in Sonoma County from 1999-2011 and in Marin County from 2012-2016. He has successfully argued before the United States and California Supreme Courts and numerous appellate courts. Steven joined the board of Call of the Sea in 2015, having been impressed by the work this organization does to expose youth to the sea through experiential, environmental education under sail.
Steven’s advocacy for the maritime community and its history stems from a genealogical timeline dating back to his great grandfather, William John Woodside, who was a famous tall ship builder in Belfast, Ireland. During the 19th Century his grandfather brought his family around the horn to the San Francisco Bay Area in a 230 foot Barque. One of his ships, named for his wife, Polly Woodside, has been fully restored and is on display at the Polly Woodside Maritime Museum in Melbourne, Australia.