Steven graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California, San Diego. During his academic career, he was involved in research projects ranging from pollution in California wetlands to reproductive medicine research on gonadotropin-releasing hormone receptor. After undergrad, Steven was accepted to the biomedical PhD program at the University of California, Irvine, but later withdrew to become an entrepreneur.
Steven is now an owner and brewer at Pacific Plate Brewing Co. in charge of everything from engineering to microbiology. He is also an owner and operator of Monrovia Homebrew Shop, teaching and spreading the joy of craft beer to homebrewers. A few years ago, Roxane Losey, a Global Conservation Force Director, asked about hosting an event at Pacific Plate Brewing Co. Because of Steven’s love for science, he offered to make a series of beers branded specifically for raising awareness and funds for endangered species. Thus was born the first beer of the series — White Rhino IPA, a white IPA brewed with coriander and orange zest.
In his spare time, Steven maintains his own aquaponics system, raises chickens, and is an active apiarist (Los Angeles Zoo’s volunteer bee rescuer). Steven is a loving husband and father of two boys, Benjamin and Luke.