Steve Novick was born in Newark, New Jersey (the only other state with no self-serve gas) in 1963.  After a stint in northern California, Steve's family moved to Cottage Grove, Oregon in 1973.

When Cottage Grove school closed due to failure of a budget levy in 1976, Steve began attending classes at the University of Oregon, and enrolled as a full-time student in fall 1977.  In 1981, Steve went to Harvard Law School. As the Eugene Register-Guard put it: "Harvard Law School doesn't make a habit of accepting junior high school dropouts, but in Steven Novick's case Harvard has made an exception."

After stops in law firms in New York and San Francisco, Steve joined the Environment Division (then known as the "Land and Natural Resources Division") of the United States Justice Department in 1987.  He brought successful lawsuits against  polluters for violations of the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act.  He also served as lead counsel in the notorious Love Canal case. On that case in  1995, Steve and his team negotiated a settlement in which Occidental Chemical repaid the taxpayers $129 million in cleanup costs and interest.  Announcing the settlement, Attorney General Janet Reno said: "Today we celebrate a transformation of an environmental disaster called Love Canal into a success story .... It [the settlement] stands for the principle that when people make a mess, they should pay to clean it up." 

Returning to Oregon, Steve worked as policy director for Tom Bruggere's 1996 Senate bid.  He then served as chief of staff to the Democrats in the State Senate from 1997 to 1999. Subsequently, he was Executive Director of the Center for Constructive Citizen Action, which spearheaded the fight against Bill Sizemore's Measure 91, which would have cut the State budget for schools, health care and public safety by more than 20%. 

In 2002, Steve was policy director for Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski in his successful campaign.  From 2004 to 2006, he worked for Citizens for Oregon's Future, an organization dedicated to providing taxpayers useful, reliable information on tax and budget issues.  In 2005, Steve developed a "balance the state budget" classroom exercise for high school students, which was used by social studies teachers in Creswell, Springfield, Salem and Portland. The students' work attracted significant media attention.

Beginning in 1999, Steve became a vocal critic of the Oregon Lottery's wasteful practice of overpaying video poker retailers at the expense of schools.  In the spring of 2004, Steve told the Oregonian of the Lottery's latest decision on retailer payments: "There's not even a pretense here that they're obeying the law."  Steve persuaded other education advocates to bring a lawsuit challenging the Lottery's decision.  In December 2006, the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled that the Lottery had, in fact, acted unlawfully in its decision-making process on retailer payments.

Currently, Steve is Senior Project Manager for Pyramid Communications, a consulting firm that works primarily for non-profit organizations, tribal and other public sector clients.  At Pyramid, Steve has worked on projects such as Metro's "Recycle At Work" campaign.  He also was a consultant to the Defend Oregon Coalition, which defeated Measure 48, a ballot measure sponsored by New York millionaire Howard Rich that threatened Oregon schools, health care, public safety and other services. The campaign chose Steve to debate measure petitioner Don McIntire at the Portland City Club.

Steve is a member of the Board of the Oregon Environmental Council and of the Program Committee of the Portland City Club.  He lives in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland.