Steve Adler took office as Austin’s mayor in January 2015. He was appointed to the Advisory Board of the United States Conference of Mayors, was elected as a conference trustee in 2017, as well as winning their Small Business Advocate Award. Foreign Policy named him to its list of Global Thinkers for standing up for immigrants. He was elected vice president of the National Council of Democratic Mayors in 2018.
Adler was born in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Princeton University with a B.A from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, then moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas School of Law.
He co-founded the Barron, Graham & Adler LLP law firm and represented landowners who were dealing with eminent domain and condemnation cases and practiced civil rights law before becoming chief of staff and general counsel for State Sen. Eliot Shapleigh. He has served as chair of the Anti-Defamation League of Austin, board chair of the Texas Tribune, chair of Ballet Austin and board member of GEN-Austin.