BRENDON STEELE | Director
Unofficial Title: Mr. Spock
Words to live by: “Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.” – Leonard Nimoy
Oddly fond of: WWII-themed musicals.
Brendon is a natural bridge builder. Growing up with one foot in the progressive San Francisco Bay Area and the other in a conservative oil family, he’s been finding common ground in uncommon places his entire life. An interdisciplinary guru, Brendon can speak the language of a variety of disciplines and nimbly translate between them.
Brendon is Future 500’s resident expert on all things energy, oil and gas, and climate policy. He’s also known as the office’s Human Wikipedia, quick with the facts on everything from military history to skincare. His favorite thing about working for Future 500 is being exposed to the inner workings of vastly different organizations. From Fortune 500 boardrooms to the front lines of advocacy campaigns, Brendon loves peeling back the layers and observing how people from different perspectives see the world and make decisions.
Brendon holds a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California, Davis and a Masters in Climate and Society from Columbia University. While at Columbia, he worked with the Urban Climate Change Research Network at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies to facilitate knowledge sharing on climate change and cities. He then spent six years working in the environmental chemistry field, where he was a liaison between federal regulators and his team of chemists and data analysts.
His home base is San Francisco, where you can find him enjoying good food, Queer Eye, and US Civil War documentaries. And Star Trek – lots of Star Trek.