Steven Merritt Seibert

About Me

Steven M. Seibert’s diverse professional career is founded upon innovative leadership, strategic foresight and a knack for helping to resolve difficult disputes. The Tampa Bay Times described Seibert as “a consensus builder with an eye to the future” and as one of Florida’s “significant thinkers.”

Seibert is a 1977 graduate of The George Washington University, where he was chosen for Phi Beta Kappa, and is a 1980 graduate of the law school at the University of Florida. For the succeeding decade, he practiced environmental and land use law in both the public and private sectors.

Seibert was elected to the Pinellas County (FL) Commission in 1992 and served as its Chairperson twice. He chaired or sat on several regional and statewide committees usually dealing with water, transportation, land use or environmental issues.

After re-election without opposition in 1996, Steve was tapped by Governor Jeb Bush to lead Florida’s Department of Community Affairs and served in that capacity from 1999-2003. Governor Bush called Seibert “an outstanding public servant” and noted “his ability to bring people together to achieve meaningful reforms will be his lasting legacy.” Seibert has received notable appointments from four different Florida Governors.

Steve Seibert has been a Florida Supreme Court certified mediator for over 20 years and has gained a statewide reputation for helping to resolve contentious public and private sector disputes. He was awarded the statewide Excellence in Mediation Award and was significantly involved in helping to broker the end of the Tampa Bay “water wars.”

Seibert continues to mediate and facilitate public policy disputes and in 2013 was awarded the Bill Sadowski Memorial Public Service Award by the Environmental and Land Use Section of the Florida Bar. Seibert holds an “AV Pre-eminent” legal rating and has been named one of Florida’s “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine.

For twelve years, Seibert has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Mosaic Company (MOS), the world’s leading producer of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients. Steve serves as Chairman of the Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainable Development Committee and as a member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee.

Seibert is Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Florida Humanities Council and is Chairman of The Village Square, a Tallahassee-based non-profit entity dedicated to promoting civil discourse. Steve is a graduate of Leadership Florida (Class XIII) and a Founding Circle member of the national Centrist Project. Seibert has earned membership in the Association of Professional Futurists and has been a respected member of the Florida Bar for over 30 years.