Eight years ago, Steven Sutton joined the Leadership Institute as vice president of programs, directing all training programs—from political grassroots to student groups on college campuses. Now the organization's vice president of development, he has increased revenue from $8 million per year (2010) to $24 million (2015). Before this, Steven was a chief of staff in the House of Representatives for more than 14 years. He became a startup specialist, setting up the congressional offices of four incoming freshmen. He was also responsible for hiring staffs, managing and directing the operations of the congressmen's Washington and district offices, and directing their reelection campaign strategies, messages, and voter contact programs. Steven has managed numerous political campaigns from city council to U.S. Congress, specializing in challenger campaigns. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and has a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering.