Steve Simpson earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon then served as a navigator in US Air Force for five years. He returned to the University of Oregon for a Masters degree. His academic studies were in urban geography and park and recreational facilities management. Steve headed up parks and recreation departments in Clallam County, Port Angeles, and Edmonds, WA, before moving to San Juan Island. He directed the Port of Friday Harbor for 22 years. He has served and continues to serve on a variety of volunteer boards and commissions, including the Islands Oil Spill Association. He and his wife Nan live on land that borders San Juan Preservation Trust-managed land near Friday Harbor. They are active in boating, kayaking and nature photography.