Councilman Steven Petterson was born in San Mateo, California and was raised in Los Angeles California and Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. After graduating from North Hills High School in Pittsburgh he matriculated from California University of Pennsylvania in 1972, with a B.S. in Secondary Education.
Mr. Petterson subsequently relocated back to Los Angeles where he attended Loyola Marymount University and concurrently began his career in the air cargo industry. Employed in the cargo department of Scandinavian Airlines System he spent 19 years at LAX work for SAS as well as Gateway Freight Services.
He relocated to Winter Park Florida in 1989 and was employed a regional director for Air General Inc covering the cities of Atlanta, Orlando and Tampa. During this time he was a board member of his community association his first experience with governing bodies and was also elected as President of the Orlando Air Cargo Association.
In 1994 he moved to Virginia Gardens and was hired as the General Manager of Advance Cargo Services at Miami International Airport. He has been an instructor at Miami Dade Community College. During the period 1998 to 2004 Mr. Petterson served as a guide at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens where he introduced thousands of persons from various parts of the world to this wonder of culture and architecture in our own backyard. His hobbies include art, architecture, stamp collecting and travel.
After serving as a member of the planning and zoning board he was appointed to fill a vacancy on the village council and was re-elected in 2001.
Mr. Petterson’s goals include keeping Virginia Gardens a well-run, fiscally responsible, small town oriented place to live and to that goal has supported the annexation of adjacent areas that will ensure our property taxes remain some of the lowest in the county while our public services remain some of the finest in the county