Steven A. Silverman began his own lobbying firm, SSGOVRELATIONS, LLC, in January 2015 after formally announcing his resignation from the position of Director of the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development in December 2014. Silverman was appointed to his former position by current Montgomery County Executive, Isiah Leggett, in April 2009.
Prior to his appointment, Silverman had worked for the Office of Maryland Attorney General since January 2007. He first served as Staff Assistant Attorney General of the Consumer Protection Division before being promoted to Chief of the Consumer Protection Division in April 2007. Silverman then served as Director of Aging, Healthcare and Special Projects from July 2008 through April 2009.
He served as a member of the Montgomery County Council for two consecutive terms from 1998 to 2006 representing the county At-Large. While on the Montgomery County Council, he served as its president twice, as Chair of the Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee, and as a Member of the Health and Human Services Committee.
Silverman earned a B.A. from the American University School of Government and Politics in December 1975 and a J.D. from George Washington School of Law in June 1980. Shortly after graduating from law school, Silverman began his own law practice, Silverman and Schild, LLP, in January 1981. There, he operated as Attorney and Partner through December 1999 before leaving his own firm to focus his efforts on a career in public service.
Silverman has served on the Board of Directors for several local organizations such as the Washington Area Housing Trust Fund, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, American ORT, the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse Advisory Board, and Non-Profit Village. He has been a member of the Network for Children, Temple Emanuel and the Silver Spring Rotary. He also served as a member of the Mental Health Association Board of Directors, member of the Board of Directors for the Silver Spring Community Vision organization and as co-chair of the Silver Spring Redevelopment Steering Committee.
He has been widely recognized as a leader in Montgomery County as well as the greater Washington area from a variety of sources. Silverman received an Outstanding Public Service Award from the League of Korean Americans of Maryland, a Legislative Leadership Award from the Jewish Community Relations Council, the Public Sector Partner of the Year Award from Mobile Medical Care, the Excellence in Public Policy Award from the Washington Council of Agencies, and recognition from the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless for his efforts to reduce homelessness in the County.
Silverman lives in Silver Spring with his wife Sheila and three children – Sage, Kaden and Lane. His son Jordan graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park in May 2014 and now works alongside his father at SSGOVRELATIONS, LLC.