Steve Pelham has nearly 30 years of public service across local, state, and federal levels.
Pelham graduated from Auburn in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in public administration. After a few years in sales and as an area director for the Alabama Farmers Federation, he moved into government. From 1993 to 2001, Pelham served as the state director for former U.S. Rep. Terry Everett.
In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Pelham as the Alabama state director for USDA's rural development agency. In this role, he led programs enhancing home ownership, community infrastructure, and business growth. He also directed USDA legislative and public affairs from 2007 to 2008.
Following a period as a private consultant, Pelham joined Ivey as chief of staff upon her election as lieutenant governor in 2011. He remained her primary advisor during her governorship.