Steven A. Stenzler

Steven A. Stenzler

Senior Policy Advisor


A dedicated advocate and problem-solver, Steven Stenzler leverages his public policy expertise to move the needle on the most relevant issues impacting Californians. His demonstrated experience drafting, negotiating and advancing complex and contentious proposals through the legislative process makes him a valuable asset to clients looking to engage in California.

During his 10 years working in and around the state legislature, Steven helped negotiate some of the most consequential policies of the last decade, including the re-authorization of California’s landmark Cap-and-Trade program, the establishment of statewide renter protections through the Tenant Protection Act of 2019 and the creation of the Invasive Species Council of California to help safeguard unique environmental heritage. While working for Assembly Banking Chair Timothy Grayson, Steven focused on policies to address California’s pervasive housing affordability crisis. He shepherded numerous impactful housing policies through the legislative process, including bills to streamline transit oriented development, reform the way that development impact fees are calculated and create the state’s first housing data strategy.

Steven continues to drive the conversation on behalf of his housing clients while working at Brownstein, expanding his scope to cover emerging technologies, recycling and business issues. Recent wins include the establishment of timelines for housing permits, a $14 million award for a semiconductor manufacturer and increasing penalties for improper CEQA denials.

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M.A., 2011, University of Exeter

B.A., 2010, University of California, Santa Barbara