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Steven D. Anderson

President and CEO
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Wen Fa, PLF CPIL Fellow


Steven D. Anderson serves as President and CEO of the Pacific Legal Foundation, joining in 2016. Founded in 1973, PLF litigates cases nationwide to vindicate the rights fundamental to a free society. With nine U.S. Supreme Court victories and counting, PLF fights on the front lines, ensuring individual liberty is secure.

Before joining PLF, he spent 12 years at the Institute for Justice, most recently as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In that role, he was responsible for leading the day-to-day operation of the Institute and supervised multiple business functions at IJ, including litigation, personnel, financial and investment management, network administration and human resources. In addition, he oversaw IJ’s legal clinic and legislative, activism and coalition efforts.

Before becoming Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Steven worked as the Director of IJ’s Castle Coalition, where he assisted homeowners, business owners and elected officials in the fight to end eminent domain abuse.

He has traveled widely to testify before Congress and state legislatures on the critical need for eminent domain reform and advised all levels of government on public policy. He has lectured and debated at conferences and symposia around the nation, making the case for substantive restrictions on the government’s power to transfer property from one private individual to another. He has organized activists and helped individuals from coast to coast successfully fight outrageous redevelopment plans.

Steven has been quoted extensively and his writings and ideas have appeared frequently in magazines and newspapers across the country, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle and Dallas Morning News. He has made regular broadcast media appearances on television as well as both local and nationally syndicated radio shows.

Originally from Norfolk, Virginia, Steven received his law degree from Wake Forest University in 1999. He earned his undergraduate degree with distinction from the University of Virginia in 1996. Prior to joining the public interest legal movement, he litigated cases in both Virginia and North Carolina. In addition to his work at PLF and IJ, he has taught legal research, writing and advocacy at The George Washington University Law School. He lives in Sacramento with his wife, Lyndsay, and two sons, Thomas and Henry.


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