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 fourth year PhD student 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 residence life, student life, governance, and leadership education. He has a proven ability to combine vision, creativity, leadership skills, and strategic partnerships to create high impact programs and services designed to enhance student and employee success.

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 session.

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.

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