Village Trustee Steve Schnall

Steve came to South Orange in 1999, and lives happily in the Village downtown. His daughter attends University of California at Santa Barbara. Since being elected as Trustee in 2013 and then re-elected in 2017, Stephen is a Board Member for the South Orange Village Center Alliance, as well as Board liaison to SOPAC. Steve is the chair of the Finance and IT committee, and is a member of the Planning and Zoning committee, and Recreation and Cultural Affairs committee.  Steve sits on the Public Information and Marketing committee, and is the trustee liaison to the Arts Advisory Council.  During his six+ years in office Steve has also served on the Community Relations Committee, Youthnet and Historic Preservation committees.

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. His current interest is in how humanity will interact with Technology and Artificial Intelligence to hopefully create a more productive and meaningful life.

Schnall 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 Tony award winning musical “Pippin”. Schnall is the Vice President for American Theater Group, and is also a Director for “Big Apple Greeter” and is the Chairman of the Essex County College Foundation Board where he delights in raising money and giving it out for student scholarships.

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

For several years, Stephen has been very involved in local education and recreational activities. He had 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. He enjoys travel, and practicing yoga in order to stay in good enough shape to play in the annual baseball game on South Orange’s Historic Cameron Field during the Stay and Play weekend every September.