Steve Hobbs

State Director, California, Conservation Acquisition

Headshot of Steve Hobbs.

Prior to coming back to San Diego, his hometown, in 2018, Steve was the principal architect of large-scale conservation efforts in Minnesota, Virginia and Nevada. A hallmark of Steve’s work has been finding conservation solutions that allow for economic development. This entails everything from developing conservation and business strategies for forests and farmland to integrated compensatory mitigation projects.  

Over more than 37 years of conservation work, Steve has negotiated the conservation of hundreds of thousands of acres and led public funding initiatives that have generated hundreds of millions of dollars. 

Steve holds an M.A. in Ecological Physiology from the University of California, Riverside. Steve’s interests include fishing, bird hunting, baseball and flying. 

Contact:    Phone: 651-249-1389     Office: California


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