Village Trustee Steve Schnall

Steve came to South Orange in 1999, and lives happily in the Village downtown.   His daughter attends Columbia High School.   For several years, Stephen has been very involved in local education and recreational activities. He has been an active PTA member and has served as the Field Day coordinator for three consecutive years at Jefferson school as well as referee for NYC High School wrestling for 9 years. 

Steve is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional and has enjoyed more than 30 successful years in business and technology, including seven years of operating his own company. He is the winner of several prestigious business awards, and has spoken at industry conferences sharing the message of using innovation to achieve business goals. 

He is also a guest lecturer at graduate programs for St John’s University and Seton Hall University. As a result of his successful business accomplishments, Stephen retired at the end of 2011, allowing him the freedom and time to devote his services to non-profit work and to the South Orange community as well as other interests. One of his favorite activities is working as a Co-Producer for Broadway-bound shows, including the recent Tony award winning musical “Pippin”. Steve is also a Director for “Big Apple Greeter” and is the Chairman of the Essex County College Foundation Board.

Since being elected as Trustee in 2013, Stephen is a Board Member for the South Orange Village Center Alliance, as well as Board liaison to SOPAC and the Community Relations Committee. Steve is the chair of the Recreation and Cultural Affairs committee, and is a member of the Planning and Zoning committee, and Finance and IT committee.  Steve chairs the Public Information and Marketing committee, which is an advisory committee to the Village BOT.  

Steve is the founder and producer of “South by South Orange”, currently called SouthNext.  He is proud that this annual festival brings Arts, Ideas and Music programming to the Village, and focuses on Creative Collisions, offering items that offer multiple productive perspectives to our diverse Community.