Steve has lived in West Marin since 1978, enjoying its spectacular natural beauty and alternative lifestyles while also participating in many civic activities. He has served on the Marin County Board of Supervisors since being elected in 1996, and represents two-thirds of Marin County, including all of Corte Madera, parts of Larkspur, Novato, San Rafael, Homestead Valley, San Quentin and West Marin.
As an elected official, Steve has focused on watershed and fishery restoration, sustainable agriculture, the integration of transportation and land use planning, and fiscally responsible government. He also champions the needs of all children, especially through his work as a Board member of First Five Marin since its founding. Given the multi-cultural nature of Supervisor Kinsey's district, he has worked closely with communities of color to reduce the barriers to equal opportunity.
Steve serves on the boards of numerous organizations including the Board of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Marin Transit and the Transportation Authority of Marin, which he has chaired from 1998 to 2011. He is especially proud of Marin's national leadership in Safe Routes to School, increasing opportunities for biking and walking, and expanding renewable energy. In 1998, Mr. Kinsey co-founded the Fishery Network of the Central California. Coastal Counties (FishNet4C) and has served as its chair since then. In 2001, FishNet4C received the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Excellence Award for its groundbreaking work in shaping regional Salmon restoration policies. As a Supervisor, Steve has served on the Marin County Open Space District and is a champion of Open Space acquisition and trails expansion. Most recently Steve was appointed to the California Coastal Commission, with the mission of protecting the coast and ensuring access for all people.
Steve was born in 1952 and received a BA in architecture from Arizona State University. Prior to taking office, he owned and operated a residential design/build firm for fifteen years. Steve lives in Forest Knolls with his spouse, Jean Kinsey and has a son and daughter-in-law, Breeze and Ashley Kinsey.
Honors and Acknowledgements
- Silver Trowel Award from Slide Ranch, 2011
- Rails to Trails Conservancy Rail-Trail Champion 2011
- Friend of the Farm Bureau, 2007
- MCBC Bicycle Superhero Award, 2002
- The Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (for Fishery Restoration), 2001
- The Marin County Fair Housing Leadership Award, 2001
- Marin Conservation League Ted Wellman Award, 1992
- Marin Conservation League Marin Green Award, 1992
- Arizona State University Work/Travel Scholarship to Cwmbran, Wales, 1975
Community Service Prior to Election as Supervisor
- Marin Conservation League Board member, 1990-1996
- Chair, Marin Conservation League Water Committee, 1989-1996
- Co-chair of successful $2.6 million school bond, 1995
- Assistant Coach, West Marin Little League, 1990-1992
- Led passage of Measure V, successful conservation oriented water bond, 1992
- Marin Municipal Water District Ad Hoc Water Supply Committee, 1992
- Authored several community and school-based grants for local projects