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National First Gen Day: Building Our Future with Steve Wymer

Murrow First Video Chat

About the event

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Growing up in a small farming town in Eastern Washington, Steve Wymer (’01 Comm.) never imagined he’d attend college, much less build a career in politics and business. Denied admission to WSU on his first attempt – and even his second – Steve drove 50 miles round trip to a community college nearby to gain a required math credit and finally was accepted into WSU in the summer of 1996. Without the basic understanding of what a “communication” degree was even about, Steve initially pursued a degree in education, but after a year in Pullman found his way to Murrow – a decision that would change his life. The small town kid who barely made it to WSU went on to become the only person in known history to serve three terms as student body president at a major university. As ASWSU President from 1998-2001, Steve lead the process to design and construct the WSU Student Recreation Center and left a lasting mark on Pullman. After graduation in 2001, Steve spent nearly a decade in Washington, DC as an advisor and spokesperson to three United States Senators and was elected by his peers as president of the US Senate Press Secretaries Association. In 2011, Steve moved to Silicon Valley to lead communications and corporate affairs for TiVo. He went on to hold senior executive roles at Nextdoor and eBay, while establishing himself as a trusted advisor to the Mayor of San Jose, CA and a variety of other elected officials.

Today, Steve is active as an investor in a variety of technology and venture capital business ventures and serves as the President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley. Residents of San Jose, Steve and his wife Michele are active in a variety of civic organizations and the proud parents of four young children.