Steve currently leads his firm, Hilton Advisors, a management, government, and public affairs lobbying and consulting firm based in Washington, D.C.
He is the former Vice President of Global Government and Public Affairs for McDonald’s Corporation where he was responsible for advocating on behalf of McDonald’s before legislators, regulators, and third-party influencers.
In this role, Steve lead a team that manages McDonald’s state, federal and international government activities, and strategic reputational engagement efforts in support of the Brand and its franchisees. Steve’s global portfolio included public policy, sustainability, influencer engagement, issues management, and an increased focus on scientific, evidenced-based research in the areas of food, nutrition, and health.
Prior to joining McDonald’s in 2009, Steve was a successful Washington, D.C. based lobbyist and attorney representing varied domestic and international clients.
Throughout his career, Steve has been a part of, or worked closely with, senior government leadership including, membership on President Obama’s transition team in 2008, and serving as Deputy Assistant to the President/Chief of Staff in the White House Office of Public Liaison under President Clinton. He also served as a Senior Legislative Assistant, and later Judiciary Committee Chief Counsel for Senator Arlen Specter.
A 25-year veteran, Steve achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. President Clinton also appointed Steve as a Commissioner on the American Battle Monuments Commission which constructed the World War II, and the Korean War Memorials on the National Mall. Steve also serves as Director Emeritus of Blue Star Families, a non-partisan, non-profit organization formed by a group of military spouses to raise the awareness of the challenges of military family life with civilian communities and leaders.
Steve is a graduate of Princeton University, as well as the Army’s Command & General Staff College, and he received his J.D., from Georgetown University Law Center.
Steve is an Emeritus Member of the Board of Directors of the National Restaurant Association, International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA), the United States Council of International Business (USCIB), the Board of Advisors for the University of Toronto’s Centre for Child Nutrition, Health and Development, and the Board of Trustees of Chicago’s Goodman Theater.