After he earned a master’s degree in English and taught writing at Washington State University over several years, Steve Smith played leadership roles in outdoor education and conservation programs for over 30 years, specializing in risk management. In 2008, he founded Experiential Consulting, LLC, a risk management firm based in Seattle, Washington.

Career highlights include a five-year stint as risk management director and vice president of program quality at the Student Conservation Association and wearing many hats at Outward Bound since 1998. Honors and awards include Staff Member of the Year (while at Outward Bound West) and the John McGrory Safety Award from Outward Bound USA. He chaired the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) for three years and served on the WRMC steering committee for six years.

When not working, he can be found exploring the mountains and coastlines of the Pacific Northwest with a camera, kayak paddle, or ice axe in hand.