Steffen Bartschat was elected to the TCSD Board in November 2003. Steffen served as Parks and Recreation Commissioner for two years prior to being elected to the Board.
Professionally, Steffen is COO at LUMOback, an early stage startup focused on providing a sensor/smartphone/cloud solution to help consumers maintain proper back posture. He is also the Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Faurecia’s Westworks Automotive Accelerator. Faurecia is a $20B global tier one supplier in the automotive industry.
Steffen recently earned an MS in Business Management along with a Certificate in Public Management at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. He also holds BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a Certificate in Project Management from University of California – Santa Cruz.
On weekends, Steffen volunteers his time as Docent for the GGNRA, leading programs on the history and the wildlife of the Marin Headlands. On the TCSD Board, Steffen particularly enjoys the challenges of facilitating a diverse set of opinions on the TCSD Board, TCSD staff, and the public at large in order to make optimal decisions. He helps the Board focus on the important issues by running annual goal setting retreats and then ensuring that the Board’s future meeting agendas work towards satisfying those goals.
As TCSD Board Member, Steffen's key interests include:
- Addressing the spiraling costs of Sewer/Sanitation, especially on the treatment side, which is contracted with plants at SMCSD (Sausalito) and SASM (Mill Valley). Steffen is currently helping to guide the board to renew a long-term contract with SMCSD and examine a flow-based sanitation rate structure.
- Setting the standard as a government agency in adopting green initiatives. For example, by conducting its own in-house refuse collection operation, TCSD is in a unique position to innovate with new recycling and collection programs - demonstrating their value and encouraging other cities and towns in California to emulate these practices.
- Continuing to support and expand our popular Parks and Recreation programs. These programs build an “old-fashioned” sense of community for residents of all ages, making Tam Valley a friendly and pleasant place to live.
- Cost control in general - spending those hard earned taxpayer dollars as carefully as possible. Steffen realizes that the top priority of any elected board member is to represent the public’s - not the agency’s - best interests. He is an advocate of pension & retiree healthcare reform at all levels in government, but especially at the local and state level.
Steffen lives in Tam Valley with his wife Lisa, three children, and one dog. His kids attend Mill Valley Middle School and Tam High. He can be contacted via email at (redacted). Steffen was re-elected to the Board in 2015 and will serve a four year term.