Steve Hoey was Portfolio Manager of technology startup companies incubating at EvoNexus, Southern California’s leading non-profit startup technology incubator and hub for the startup community with locations in San Diego and Irvine. Previously, Steve spent 11 years at CONNECT, a non-profit tech and life sciences accelerator in San Diego. Most recently Steve served as Vice President of the Springboard Accelerator Program and Innovation Research at CONNECT. Steve is also a researcher, author and speaker on innovation and economic development.
Steve holds the following degrees: A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard University; M.Phil from Oxford University; MFA from California Institute of the Arts (where he also served as a faculty member for two years before relocating to San Diego to pursue his doctoral studies); and Ph.D. from University of California at San Diego. An accomplished amateur musician, he has studied with Pulitzer Prize winning faculty member Mel Powell and Stephen Mosko at California Institute of the Arts; as well as Distinguished Professor Chinary Ung at UC San Diego. Steve won the Dutilleux Prize for International Composition for his solo piano work, Artifact I, and was awarded the Charles Ives Scholarship from The American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2006. Steve received the Thomas Nee Commission from the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra, and his work Five Rivers was premiered by the orchestra.
Steve participates as a Villa Musica Board member because he is passionate about creating, teaching and sharing music with others. He supports Villa Musica’s mission to provide the opportunity to everyone in our communities to learn, perform and experience the joy and fun of music.