Steve Mitchell


Steve Mitchell serves as chair of the Idaho Conservation League board.

Steve was born in Denver from Pennsylvania roots. His dad was a geologist with BLM, his mom a schoolteacher. Following college at Montana University and Penn State (in economics), Steve began a career with McGraw-Hill Book Company. Moving to IBM, he developed college textbooks, and eventually directed marketing and sales for Science Research Associates, an IBM subsidiary. While with IBM, Steve earned a financial planning executive certificate from the Wharton School.

Leaving IBM, Steve founded Mitchell Publishing, a company specializing in computer science and business textbooks. Based in Santa Cruz, California, the organization grew rapidly, utilizing a combination of workshops, seminars, institutes, newsletters and the networking of professionals. Steve sold Mitchell Publishing to Random House, where he continued to run the company for five more years as a Random House publisher.

Random House facilitated Steve’s move to Idaho, a condition of the acquisition. Moonlighting, he edited and published Idaho UnBound: A Scrapbook & Guide (1995) — for several years the best-selling travel book on Idaho. Living in the Wood River Valley, Steve came to admire ICL for its commitment to science and fact-based positions on environmental issues, and felt his background in marketing and growing a successful organization might also help grow ICL.

Steve grew up hunting, fishing, and camping in the Appalachian Mountains, never seeing these activities as adversarial to conservation. Those experiences inform Steve’s positions on the environmental issues of Idaho today. Steve and his wife Louisa live in Sun Valley. Kids and grandkids live in Sandpoint, Jackson Hole and Salt Lake City.