BlackBerry Counsel Steven E. Zipperstein Named to Antioch University Santa Barbara Board of Trustees

BlackBerry Counsel Steven E. Zipperstein Named to
Antioch University Santa Barbara Board of Trustees

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) – Antioch University Santa Barbara proudly announces the election of Steven E. Zipperstein to its Board of Trustees. As chief legal officer of BlackBerry Ltd., Steve is responsible for the company’s worldwide legal, government relations, and public policy affairs. Prior to joining BlackBerry, Steve served as general counsel for Verizon Wireless. He has taught at Loyola Law School and published several law review articles. In addition, he has testified before Congress numerous times on telecommunications policy issues. Steve has long been a proponent of higher education as a lever for social change.

“I am honored to be chosen for the board of AUSB,” he said, “because I admire the university’s commitment to academic excellence and its mandate to provide access to higher education for all qualified students. As one surveys Santa Barbara’s schools, institutions, and businesses, it readily becomes apparent that Antioch graduates are the problem-solvers of our community.”

A graduate of UCLA and the UC Davis Law School, Steve worked for more than nine years as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s office in Los Angeles. He also served as a special counselor to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno during the 1995 congressional hearings regarding events at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. Steve and his wife, Diane, live in Santa Barbara and have three grown daughters.

“With his vast business acumen, great intelligence, and even greater heart, Steve Zipperstein will be an enormous asset to our Board and the entire university,” said AUSB Board of Trustees Chair Vicki Riskin. “We are thrilled to welcome him aboard.”


About AUSB
Antioch University provides learner-centered education to empower thousands of students worldwide with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic and environmental justice. Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB), founded in 1977 as one of five nationwide locations—including Los Angeles, CA; Seattle, WA; New England (Keene, NH); and Midwest (Yellow Springs, OH)—provides both graduate degrees and bachelor’s completion programs at its thriving downtown campus. AUSB’s unique curriculum draws students from throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, South America, and Europe. Antioch University is a nonprofit, private, 501(c)3 organization and member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. To learn more, visit


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