Steve Wald is assistant director of government relations, University of Illinois Extension, where he has worked since 2014. He also served as Extension’s communications director. Prior to Extension, Steve was assistant to the Executive Director of the U of I Prairie Research Institute; led a statewide environmental coalition in California; and coordinated state, federal, and tribal resource managers at the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority in Portland, Oregon. He was a Congressional fellow with the House Energy and Commerce Committee and consulted on energy, water, and climate policy for government and nonprofit clients. Steve has a masters of public policy from University of California - Berkeley and a Bachelors from the Science in Society Program at Wesleyan University. He lives in Urbana with his wife and two sons, and in his spare time, ranges the prairie by bicycle.