Steve Goldstein was one of the ICANN Board of Directors from 2006 to 2009; Goldstein came out of total retirement for this appointment.
Previously, Steve was an International Networking Coordinator at the National Science Foundation from 1989 to 2003. In the early '90's he helped to connect about 25 academic networks from around the world to the U.S. academic networking infrastructure. Then, Steve did it all over again with "advanced" networks in the mid-'90's, including an initiative for an international inter-connect point in Chicago, the STAR TAP. And, then, yet once again with gigabit, wavelength-based networks and transition from STAR TAP to StarLight.
Steve Goldstein worked to create GLORIAD, a dedicated-wavelength ring around the globe to support computationally-intensive research, with the U.S., Russia and China as initial partners, and then Canada, Netherlands, Korea and the Nordic consortium as new partners. He also supported and mentored the Network Startup Resource Center to assist grass roots networking implementation in less-developed countries throughout the 1990's. Goldstein was elected as a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2006 in recognition of initiating networking support for collaboration between Russian and Western scientists following the breakup of the Soviet Union.
Formal education includes S.B and S.M. in Physics from M.I.T., graduate study in Biology at Georgetown University (ABD), and Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie-Mellon University.
Corporate governance, Internet development and Entrepreneurship.