JIM STEYER has spent more than 20 years as one of the most respected experts and entrepreneurs on issues related to children’s policy and media in the United States. As CEO, he is responsible for the overall leadership of Common Sense Media, the nation’s leading non-partisan organization dedicated to improving the media lives of kids and families. Prior to founding Common Sense, Mr. Steyer was Chairman and CEO of JP Kids, a respected family media company. Before that, he served as President of Children Now, a leading national advocacy and media organization for children, which he founded in 1988. Jim began his career as an elementary school teacher and then became a public interest lawyer. He served as a law clerk for the California Supreme Court, as a Deputy District Attorney and as a civil rights attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

In addition to his duties at Common Sense Media, Mr. Steyer teaches popular courses on Civil Rights, Civil Liberties and children’s issues at Stanford University. Jim is the author of the widely acclaimed book, The Other Parent: The Inside Story of the Media’s Effect on Our Children, which draws upon his extensive experience as a leading child advocate, educational media expert, and Dad.

Over the past decade, Mr. Steyer has appeared regularly on a variety of national television and radio programs, and his work has been featured in numerous national newspapers in the United States. Mr. Steyer grew up in New York City and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University. He also received his JD from Stanford Law School.