Steve Chase

Special Advisor
Phone: 408-437-5400

Steve brings four decades of wide-ranging public service to cities, counties, regional boards and community organizations across California, most recently as director of community development in the City of Stockton. Earlier in his career Steve served as a policy advisor and field deputy to members of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, overseeing the Board’s agendas on children and family services, public works and recreation infrastructure, land use planning, and open space conservation for six years. He also worked for the City of Ventura in the roles of deputy city manager, assistant to the city manager—city environmental coordinator, recycling office manager, and as the lead negotiator of franchise services for ambulance transport and waste disposal/recycling pick-up.

Steve also has experience as Santa Barbara County’s Energy Czar, regulating offshore oil and gas permitting and spill prevention/safety compliance, and also serving as the County’s deputy director of planning and development for the South Coast Region. In addition, he served as a secretary to planning commissions, historical building review boards, design review boards, and various city council committees on economic development, downtown revitalization, regional mall development, beach sand stabilization and restoration, the dredging of marinas, and the conservation of rivers, estuaries and open space mesas.