The Honorable Nancy Harvey Steorts
Former Chairman, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
President, Nancy Harvey Steorts International
Associate Broker, Long & Foster Companies
Nancy Harvey Steorts has had a distinguished career in business and trade, political service, real estate, academia and the media. As an international consultant, media commentator, speaker and author, she remains committed to the concept of quality and safety for the consumer. Her new highly recommended book, Safe Living in a Dangerous World, was released by Capital Books, Inc. and is already in its third printing. Her 3rd book, Your Home Safe Home, was launched at an international convention of Realogy Corp, the corporate partner of Century 21, Coldwell Banker, ERA, Better Homes and Gardens, and Sotheby's, and was sited by the President and CEO, of the Realogy Franchise Group, as "a must read for every home owner and renter.
Public and Private Sector
President Ronald Reagan appointed Ms. Steorts Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. and the United States Senate unanimously approved her nomination. Prior to that she was a consultant to the Director of the U.S, Office on Consumer Affairs at the White House and served under the President Nixon and President Ford Administrations as the Special Assistant for Consumer Affairs to the Secretary of Agriculture. After her government service, she became President of the prestigious Dallas Citizens Council - an organization of Chief Executive Officers based in Dallas, Texas.
As President and CEO of Nancy Harvey Steorts International, she works with many diversified clients in the United States and throughout the world. She was acclaimed by the Chairman of the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission for having executed the largest and most effective consumer product safety recall in the history of the United States government. This recall involved the successful recall of 150 million pieces of jewelry, which contained lead and were being sold in over 7,000 vending machines throughout the United States. In addition to her work in product safety, she also serves as a National Spokesperson for clients.
She has been widely recognized in business and government circles for her accomplishments. Ms. Steorts was named One of the Best Public Servants by the Gallagher Report and is the recipient of the George P. Arents Medal for Excellence in Government, conferred by her alma mater, Syracuse University. This is the highest award given to alumnae.
She served on the Board of Overseers for the Malcolm Baldridge Award and the Federal Reserve National Consumer Advisory Council.
Boards of Directors
She has served on the Executive Committee and National Board of Directors of the American National Standards Institute and served as Chairman of the American National Standards Institute Consumer Interest Council. She was the International Chairman of the ISO International Conference for COPOLCO, which was held for the first time in Washington, D.C.and was attended by 40 countries.
Nancy Steorts has served on several corporate and community boards, including the National Board of Directors of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, Inc. and the Medical College of Pennsylvania; and the Board of Directors at the University of Texas at Dallas Management School, the Women's Institute of American University, the College of Human Development of Syracuse University and the Department of Economics of Southern Methodist University and as a member of the Syracuse University National Alumnae Board. She is also a member of Syracuse University's Whitman School of Management Corporate Advisory Board. and was recently appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Members Association of the Foreign Service. She was also appointed to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Homeland Security Committee of the National Industrial Defense Industrial Association, where she serves on the National Convention committee. She is an active member of Executive Women in Government, (an organization of the top women in government). where, she served as President. .
National Real Estate Interests
Following her pursuit of business and her interest in seeing the implementation at the local level of many of her national programs which focused on improving the safety of today's homes, she was a multi-million dollar Realtor with Long & Foster Realtors. She is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Virginia Board of Realtors, and the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors. She serves on the Education Committee and the Annual Convention Committee for the NVAR. and, has served as a Keynote Speaker for their Seminars.. She also serves on the Board of the International Committee, and the recently appointed to the Green Task Force of NVAR. She has been honored consistently as a Top Producer in Real Estate in the Washington Metropolitan Area, as well as a multi-million dollar producer for the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors and has been honored with several National Sales Awards. She is now associated with Long and Foster Realtors, where she continues her very successful real estate practice. and where she is now developing a national and international practice. In addition to her honors, she has also received the GRI Designation from the Graduate Realtors Institute, the Green Designation for Real Estate, the Transnational Referral Certification and the ABR and has just been awarded the Associate Broker's Designation for the State of Virginia. and the State of Maryland She is also licensed in the District of Columbia.
She recently received the prestigious Margaret Dana Award from the American Society of Testing Materials in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the advancement of voluntary standards for consumer products with the result of increased safety and well being for all consumers.
Ms. Steorts was a Distinguished Lecturer of the Strom Thurmond Institute of Government and the Public Affairs at Clemson University. In October 1989, Clemson officially accepted the donation of the Nancy Harvey Steorts Papers, which now makes them available to researchers.
She served as the Official United States Representative to the Public Health, Medical Equipment and Drugs Expo, held in Moscow, USSR, and was selected as a Delegate to the U.S. Working Committee on Standards between Russia and the United States. She was appointed by the American National Standards Institute, as a delegate from the United States on the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) Delegation on Environmental Standards. She was Chairman and implementer of the first trade mission to Spain for Women Entrepreneurs from Texas, which was sponsored by the United States Department of Commerce. In addition, she was a delegate to the first Women's Entrepreneur Trade Commission to Europe and the former Soviet Union, which was sponsored by the Department of Commerce. She has also been a speaker and delegate to the Public Health Care Mission to the Czech Republic. In addition, she was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to the Department of Commerce "Export Now" National Advisory Committee.
Mayor Steve Bartlett appointed Ms. Steorts as Chairman of the Glass Ceiling Working Committee of Dallas. She continues her work on women's issues, and has contributed significantly to improving the contributions of women in the workplace. She lectures extensively on issues that relate to women.
Lecturer and Author
A noted lecturer and writer, Ms. Steorts has delivered over 1,000 speeches in the United States and throughout the world. She has appeared on numerous television shows and has produced and hosted her own national television specials. Her highly acclaimed first book, Safety and You, was published by SU Press, for worldwide distribution. Her second book, Safe Living in a Dangerous World, was published by Capital Books, and is recognized as "the most comprehensive book on safety issues ranging from Homeland Security Guidelines to the prevention of injury in the home, at work, school, play or during travel." Her third book, Your Home Safe Home was published by Capital Books and is considered one of the most outstanding books in the country on safety issues related to the home. "Your Home Safe Home" was launched at the request of Alex Perriello, President of Realogy Corporation, in 2009 at the International Conventions of Century 21, ERA, and Coldwell Banker., where each attendee was given a copy of this book, compliments of Realogy.
She has served as a member of the Corporate Board of Directors of Mission Management and Trust, Tucson, Arizona and as a member of the Adolph Coors National Advisory Board and as a member of the PostageExpress.com Board of Directors.
Presidential Inaugural Events
At the second Presidential Inaugural of President Richard Nixon, Steorts conceived and directed the most successful Inaugural Candlelight Dinners. For the first Presidential Inaugural of President Ronald Reagan, she continued as Director of the Presidential Inaugural Candlelight Dinners, and under President George Bush and President George W. Bush she again assisted with the direction of the Presidential Inaugural Candlelight Dinners. These dinners have now become a part of the Presidential Inaugural venues, by incoming Presidents of the U.S.
Serving as a National Spokesperson for many corporate clients, she has brought the safety message to millions of consumers throughout the world.
Syracuse University Honors
While Ms. Steorts was at Syracuse University, she was a member of Alpha Phi Sorority. In addition to her many activities at Syracuse University, in her Senior year she was elected President of the College of Human Development. She was also elected Secretary of both the Junior and Senior Classes at SU. She attended the College of Human Development, where she majored in Retailing. Upon graduation, she was selected as the most outstanding student in her class. She has been extremely active at Syracuse University, since her graduation She has served on the National Board of Alumnae for SU, and also as a member of the National Board of Visitor's for the College of Human Development. Presently she is a member of the Whitman School of Management National Advisory Council.
As a highly acclaimed author, and writer, Ms. Steorts also produces and hosts regular television segments in the Washington metropolitan area, and appears regularly on network television and radio shows. She writes articles for numerous publications, both in the United States and internationally.
Nancy Harvey Steorts is a highly recognized national and international leader who makes a difference.