Steve is a partner in the firm’s Business Section and its impact investing group. He works with corporations and their executives to execute transactions and solve problems at the intersection of law, public policy and commerce. He has significant experience as an outside general counsel for businesses and is a respected advisor to businesses, nonprofit organizations and government and political leaders; including serving as co-chair of the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting held in Denver in 2014 and June, 2015.
Bachar was formerly Chairman of the Public Policy practice group at another Denver firm, prior to which he led a clean technology company which won the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Best Venture Award. He has been executive vice president of a Rocky Mountain-focused private equity firm and has managed numerous complex business transactions in China, Canada and Europe. Bachar is a founding board member of the Africa School Assistance Project, which works with rural communities in Tanzania to build or expand public schools. Bachar chairs the Public Policy Council for the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association and serves on the Infrastructure Committee of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, and he was a founding board member of the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance. He has served on numerous non-profit boards in Colorado, including the Children’s Museum of Denver and Opera Colorado.
Bachar’s impact sector activities include co-founding Empowerment Capital Management, which provides advisory services in the sector (www.empowermentcap.com); serving on the Global Advisory Board of New York-based Cornerstone Capital Management, a leader in sustainable investing and finance; and service as a board member of Windhorse, Inc., which owns a for-profit company providing clean drinking water to 200,000 “base of the pyramid” customers in rural eastern India.
Bachar previously served as Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s campaign and transition counsel during the Governor’s successful mayoral campaign, and he has served as a legal and business advisor to numerous other political figures throughout his career.
Before relocating to Denver, Bachar’s Washington, D.C. career included service in the White House and the US Department of the Treasury under President Bill Clinton. He is a former Army reservist, a certified Wilderness First Responder and an active outdoorsman. He sings bluegrass and plays the mandolin with more enthusiasm than talent.
Honors & Awards
- Recognized in 2004 by the Denver Business Journal as one of its “Forty Under 40” business leaders
- Leadership Denver, class of 2002
- “Congress to Blame for Rising use of Executive Power” (Denver Post, February 2017)
- “Risk and Opportunity, Inc. – Managing Sustainability Risks as Profitable Opportunitie (Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation, May 2016)
- “Myths in College Sports Funding” (Boulder Daily Camera, August 2014)