Steven King

Current Position: 
RAY Program Director
Current Organization: 
Environmental Leadership Program
South Plainfield, New Jersey

Steven is an experienced educator and thought leader in the intersectionality of Sustainability, Education, Workforce Development and Entrepreneurship with a focus on Social Justice and Youth Development. He has over 15 years in the field of sustainability and education; developing sustainability focused educational programs, youth development and creating pathways for leadership. He is a leading consultant in the areas of Sustainability, Leadership Coaching, K-12 education, Strategic Planning and Systems Thinking.

Steven served as a Visiting Scholar at The Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School University which fosters the integration of bold design, policy and social justice approaches to environmental issues to advance just and sustainable outcomes in collaboration with communities. Steven is the lead founder, former CEO, and School leader of the Barack Obama Green Charter High School, New Jersey’s first charter high school focused on sustainability. The school’s mission is to develop independent critical thinkers and leaders in the area of sustainable development. He was a member of the graduate research team that help to develop the infrastructure of the India China Institute at The New School. He interned for the Hong Kong Transport Department on sustainable transport practices and participated in a think-tank project looking at increased commercial use of the Pearl River Delta in China. 

Steven served as a researcher at the Global Labor Institute at Cornell University’s School of Industrial Labor Relations (ILR). His research on Green Jobs and the development of a Low Carbon Green Economy led him to work closely with national and international labor leaders strategizing emerging changes in the global workforce and economy in the use of sustainable practices.  He also served as a co-program designer and facilitator for the Black Trade Union Leadership Program which concentrated on developing the leadership skill of local union leaders. 

Steven holds a Bachelor of Arts from Pace University in Anthropology and a Masters of Arts from The New School in International Affairs. He served as a mentor for the Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative, a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program, member of the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences and Committee Member of the NAACP, Environmental and Climate Justice Committee.