Steve Lerer currently works as the Associate Director of the Office of Leadership, Service and Career specifically over the Associated Students and The Margo F. Souza Student Leadership Center at the University of California, Merced. He is also a PhD Candidate in Education and Human Resource Studies at Colorado State University with an interest in studying the relationship between Strengths-Based Development and Hope in first generation college students.

Steve is an innovative and forward thinking professional with ten years of progressive experience in training, leadership development, and management. He has a proven ability to combine vision, creativity, and strategy to create high impact programs and services designed to enhance organizational success. Steve is committed to advancing positive supervision practices through Strengths Based Development and other leadership and management training strategies. Steve also has six years of experience facilitating learning both inside and outside the classroom. Steve is also one of the few coaches who has completed the Gallup Strengths Advanced Coaching training and the Coaching Builder Talents training.

As a Strengths Coach and Campus Facilitator, Steve has created programs and initiatives to develop strengths in students and staff across the UC Merced campus and the UC System. He has done this individually, with teams, and with large groups. His focus on and experience with asset-based education and personal development will be a great benefit to you in a coaching development plan.

Steve received his B.A in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and his M.A in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University. He was also recognized in 2018 as one of the 20 under 40 in Merced County, California.

Steve is also a husband, father of three, triathlete, and food enthusiast. In July 2015, Steve completed his first full 140.6 Ironman race.