Steve is a partner and co-founder of Empowerment Capital LLC. Empowerment Capital advises and invests in early stage, revenue generating, female-led companies that have positive social impact; and, separately, is creating a national financial inclusion platform to bank the unbanked, underbanked, and derisked. Empowerment Capital also creates impact metric frameworks and measurement tools for investors and corporations.
Steve provides practical, thorough advice and capital to entrepreneurs based on his experiences as an impact investor, CEO of a cleantech company that won NREL’s National Best Venture Award, business and legal advisor to numerous startups, and deep involvement in government and public policy. Steve was formerly a partner in two Denver law firms where his practice focused on impact investing, representation of early stage companies, and public policy.
In addition to his direct work with entrepreneurs, Steve is active in the Colorado and national impact communities. He is Chair of the Public Policy Committee of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association and is on the advisory board of several companies; including Cornerstone Capital Group, a leader in sustainable investing and finance. Outside of the impact space, Steve is an active member of the Colorado community where he has been engaged in and led numerous civic initiatives and has been a close advisor of many political leaders in Colorado and nationally.
Before relocating to Denver, Steve’s Washington, DC career included service in the White House and the US Department of the Treasury under President Bill Clinton. Steve is a certified Wilderness First Responder who enjoys the outdoors in all seasons and a music fan who plays the mandolin with far more enthusiasm than talent.