Meet Steve

  • Life-long resident of Manhattan Beach
  • Proud Robinson parent!
  • Manhattan Beach Mayor/City Councilmember, 1992 - 2005, 2017-2020
  • Senior Deputy to Supervisor Don Knabe, 2005 - 2016
  • Education Law Attorney, 2001 - 2005
  • Educator, 1995 - 1999


Steve Napolitano believes government must be responsive and responsible to the people it serves. He's a hands-on, independent, common sense leader with over 25 years experience in solving problems and serving people where it counts most--local government.

Steve has served on the Manhattan Beach City Council since 2017 after previously serving from 1992-2005. Steve is a local small business owner, running Napolitano Law & Counsel, which specializes in legal services, mediation, arbitration and adjudication. Steve serves as an Administrative Hearing Officer for LA Metro, the City of Los Angeles Fire Department and many other cities throughout the state.

Steve served as Senior Deputy to LA County Supervisor Don Knabe from 2005 to 2016, representing him throughout the South Bay and beyond, overseeing several County departments and special assignments addressing issues across the 4th District and LA County. Steve worked successfully to promote job growth and economic development, expanded arts education, built and rebuilt libraries (including Manhattan Beach's new library!), improved our environment, and supported our nonprofits and community groups, while personally answering the concerns of constituents on a daily basis.

Prior to working with Supervisor Knabe, Steve was the youngest person elected to the Manhattan Beach City Council in 1992 at the age of 26. He served as Mayor and Councilmember, and was overwhelmingly reelected in 1997 and 2001 before being termed out in 2005. Steve fought to preserve the City's small town atmosphere while improving the local economy, cutting costs and red tape for residents, supporting local schools, and protecting the coastal environment. In the 13 years he served the City, Steve never missed a single Council meeting. Recognized as a County-wide leader in local government, Steve was elected by his peers from cities across LA County to serve as President of the Independent Cities Association for 2002-2003.

While serving on the City Council, Steve worked as a part-time teacher as he put himself through law school, graduating from Loyola Law School and passing the bar in 2000. He then joined a local law firm specializing in education and municipal law, where he represented clients throughout the state on a wide variety of issues. During law school, Steve also served as a legal intern to the Los Angeles Community College District and Heal the Bay, a local environmental group.

Steve graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Fine Arts from Loyola Marymount University, where he also received the Outstanding Graduate in Arts Award.

Steve is a life-long resident of Manhattan Beach, where he attended local schools. His Dad worked in the local aerospace industry and his Mom helped manage a dental office. Steve and his family live just a few blocks from where he grew up and he sits on the boards of several local nonprofits.