Steven Steinberg, a self-titled “geospatial evangelist,” is passionate about the use of technology to solve real world problems of people and their environment. In collaboration with a team of highly skilled geographic information system (GIS) professionals, he guides the geospatial strategy to serve over 10 million residents and 100,000 Los Angeles County employees across 37 departments.
Prior to joining LA County, he served as the principal scientist and department head for information management and analysis at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority, a public agency for environmental research with a focus on data collection, analysis, and visualization.
From 1998 to 2011, Steven was as a professor of geospatial science at Humboldt State University, California where he introduced hundreds of students to the power of geospatial technologies. He continues to serve as an adjunct professor, teaching GIS courses and working with graduate students on a regular basis, primarily with the master of science in geographic information science at California State University, Long Beach.
Steven has researched and presented extensively on the application of spatial analysis and web-based systems for modeling and visualization of spatial data in both human and natural environments. He has published numerous book chapters, journal articles, and technical reports resulting from his work with geospatial science applications in both the natural and social sciences. He co-authored two books, GIS Research Methods: Incorporating Spatial Perspectives (2015) and GIS for the Social Sciences: Investigating Space and Place (2006), and most recently published a co-edited volume, Resilient Communities Across Geographies (Esri, 2021).