Goldman School of Public Policy - University of California, Berkeley

Steve Silberstein

Retired Co-founder, Innovative Interfaces, Inc.
Trustee, U.C. Berkeley Foundation

Biography

Steve Silberstein co-founded Innovative Interfaces in 1978 and served as its first President. The company develops automated systems for libraries and now includes as its customers more than 1500 library systems around the world, including most of the campuses of the University of California and the California State University System, as well as large and small public city and county library systems.

Originally employed as a computer programmer in the University of California at Berkeley’s library, Silberstein was responsible for the library’s total automation program, a project that began in the early 1970s with the eventual goal of replacing the card catalog with a computerized system.

Silberstein also serves on the board of National Popular Vote, an organization whose goal is to reform the Electoral College so that it elects as the President of the United States the person who got the most popular votes in all 50 states (and the District of Columbia).

He holds a BA in economics and MLS from UC Berkeley and a master's degree in econometrics from the University of Stockholm in Sweden.