Steve Buck is an accomplished pianist, chamber musician, pedagogue, and music entrepreneur who has performed extensively both in America and Europe.
Since February 2016 he has served as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs. Appointed to this post by Governor Kevin Stitt following new laws giving him authority over its governing board, this post allows for his oversight over Oklahoma OJA operations.
Early Life and Education
Buck has had an active volunteer career, serving law enforcement and numerous nonprofit boards of directors as a volunteer and board member. Additionally, he serves on the National Council on Foundations as a member and graduated from Leadership Oklahoma Class XXVI.
He currently serves as executive director for Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs and was previously deputy commissioner with state Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Working closely with their governing board, he helps implement agency priorities and plans.
Steve is a classic name with strong royal roots that makes for an ideal baby boy name choice, as its roots date back centuries. Additionally, it can be associated with knightly royalty and saints from medieval Europe.
He brings over 17 years of direct experience in employee research and organizational development to some of the world’s largest organisations spanning various sectors and markets.
Buck has served as anchor of FOX NFL SUNDAY and THE OT, as well as AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK since 1994 when he first joined Fox Sports with analyst Tim Green to form one of its original broadcast teams.
He has extensive advocacy experience working with multiple state legislatures and has participated in a range of policy initiatives. He collaborated on developing national policy for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). In addition to that he served multiple roles at Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
Achievement and Honors
Five summers ago, Sanford welcomed Buck to their community as its city manager; previously he had served as town manager of Caribou in northern Maine for 11 years.
His experience has enabled him to develop and implement innovative solutions that are both financially sound and sustainable, while at the same time upholding transparency and accountability as a business leader.
Photography by Steven is a studio located in Burien that caters to photographers of all abilities. A member of Seattle Professional Photographers Association, they hold monthly photo contests featuring winning photos that have been displayed on their website as winners. He even won best of show award at 2013 PPA Photo Expo!
At his family cabin on Ten Mile Lake, he enjoyed relaxing by playing tennis and racquetball while watching Gunsmoke and Bonanza. Additionally, he loved dogs immensely, collecting vintage cars.
Buck, when not handling business disputes, serves as the executive director for Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA). As Executive Director he manages agency priorities while working directly with OJA’s Governing Board to facilitate policy creation and implementation.
He is passionate about the arts and serves as a board member of Summerstock Productions, Inc. in Edmond. Additionally, he volunteers for Allied Arts of Oklahoma City and Edmond Chamber of Commerce while being an active member. With two grown children and three dogs now out on their own, he and his wife reside in central Oklahoma as empty nesters.
Buck is also an accomplished investor and has amassed significant wealth through his investments – one notable one being an equity stake in a technology company.
He has invested in real estate and other assets. Additionally, he has taken an interest in cryptocurrency investments.
He is a well-known television personality, having guest starred on programs such as Hollywood Squares, My Name Is Earl, Hawaii Five-O, Gene Simmons Family Jewels and others. It is estimated that he possesses an estimated net worth of $5 Million.