Steve Willis


Steve would describe himself as a generalist. Or, as he likes to say, “I know a little bit about a lot of stuff.” With a career spanning over 30 years, he’s: run residence halls on college campuses; worked as a Financial Analyst for Ford Aerospace; transitioned to roles with the City of San Jose, California as a Senior Budget Analyst, Administrative Office in charge of the Real Estate Division, and finally as the Deputy Director for Integrated Waste Management. His last job before he retired from public service was serving as the Assistant Town Administrator for the Town of Portola Valley, California.

Born and raised in Southern California, he obtained his BA in Psychology from Sonoma State College, and his two Masters degrees (Higher Education Administration and an MBA in Finance) from San Jose State University. Five years ago, Steve moved his family (partner of 30 years and four dogs) from Pacifica, California to Battle Ground, Washington where they live on 5 acres which gives the dogs room to roam on the place he calls Fog Dogs Acres.

When he’s not working (which isn’t often), he’s attending to his various home projects. As he likes to say, “My list of things to do only seems to get longer.” Steve enjoys hiking, used to be a solid advanced skier when he was young and strong, has guided white water rafting trips, and has seen much of the western states. Steve’s community service has been donating blood to the American Red Cross since 1992. He also is a member of the Clark County Solid Waste Advisory Commission.