Steven Medeiros is a Program Coordinator at the ACLU of Northern California, where he manages major events and sponsorships and serves as liaison for needs ranging from speaker and know-your-rights materials requests to volunteer support. He also serves as cross-departmental lead in order to provide training and support for the ACLU of Northern California’s 18 volunteer chapters.
Steven is a passionate activist and advocate with over eight-plus years of experience working with nonprofit organizations. He is committed to advancing equity and justice for underserved, underrepresented, and marginalized people and communities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Prior to joining the ACLU, Steven was a volunteer and an intern with Sacred Heart Community Service, an anti-poverty agency. He first worked at Sacred Heart in direct service and later in its policy, advocacy, and organizing department. Working in these two areas, he saw the importance of not only providing food, clothing, and shelter to people in need, but also of structurally addressing why people need these basic services in the first place.
Steven graduated cum laude from San Jose State University (SJSU), receiving a B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology. At San Jose State, he earned department honors for his thesis on the experiences of college students with physical disabilities, and SJSU named him a Dean’s Scholar twice. Steven is also a recipient of the ACLU-NC’s Dick Criley Activism Award, a member of three Greek honor societies, a 2018 Challenged Athletes Foundation grant recipient, and a Fellow with the New Leaders Council’s Oakland Chapter, and Urban Habitat’s Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute.
Steven’s study of draconian criminal justice policies - along with the incarceration of close relatives – has propelled and inspired him to take action, and informed his current work as Co-Chair of the Alameda County Community Corrections Partnership Community Advisory Board (CAB). The CAB provides policy guidance and recommendations to county leadership, including on a multi-million-dollar criminal justice policy realignment budget, in order to improve the outcomes of formerly incarcerated individuals. More recently, Steven was selected to serve on the Alameda County Proposition 47 Local Advisory Committee.
A proud Bay Area native, Steven spends his spare time hiking, reading, going on spontaneous food adventures, photographing political street art, and building community. Steven’s greatest accomplishment to date is raising a beautiful, intelligent, woke, open-minded, and outspoken young woman – his daughter.