Steve Knaebel currently chairs the board of the Center for Sustainable Transport in Mexico City, and serves on the boards of the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature; LightHawk, an organization of volunteer pilots who donate their aircraft and flying skills in support of conservation NGOs from Canada to Panama; and the Mexican Fund for Environmental Communication and Education. He also engages in executive coaching.
Steve retired in 2005 as Vice President – Mexico and Distribution Latin America of Cummins, Inc. For the previous 17 years he was also President & General Manager of Cummins’ Mexican subsidiary.
Steve founded and chaired Special Olympics-Mexico for 13 years. After the 1985 earthquake in Mexico City, he started and ran a loan program for micro- entrepreneurs. Ten years later he established a Cummins foundation in Mexico, focused on preserving natural resources and creating jobs for marginalized and handicapped people. He also served on the boards of Accion International, Special Olympics Int’l and EARTH University (two years as Chair).
Earlier he served as USAID Mission Director in Costa Rica for four years and before that he managed a 3,200 unit housing development in Brazil.
Steve graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in literature, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Venezuela. He later earned his MBA at Stanford. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and has been married to Evelyn Knaebel for 45 years. They have two sons and four grandchildren.