Bio


Steve Eisner serves as Stanford University’s Director of Export Compliance and University Export Control Officer, overseeing institutional compliance with export controls (EAR, ITAR) and trade sanctions regulations (OFAC) for both Stanford and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Steve began his career in Washington, D.C. as a budget officer for international trade programs at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and as an export control specialist at the law firm of Arnold & Porter. Prior to his arrival at Stanford in 2006, Steve worked as an export control specialist at a global immigration law firm in San Francisco where he provided guidance to corporate clients on deemed export issues involving the transfer of technology to foreign national employees. Steve has served as an export control consultant to various Silicon Valley-based high tech companies, the California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program, and Northwestern University. Widely recognized as a leader in export control compliance within higher education, Steve is Co-Founder and past President of the Association of University Export Control Officers (AUECO) and has been an invited export control workshop presenter for various national organizations including the National Academies, the American Conference Institute, the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA), and the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA).

Honors & Awards


  • President, International Relations Society, Stanford University
  • Member, Pi Sigma Alpha, National Honor Society for Political Science
  • Teaching Assistant, Italian Studies, Barnard College
  • Associate Editor (Elected), Columbia University's Journal of International Affairs
  • International Fellow, Columbia University

Education & Certifications


  • Bachelor of Arts, Stanford University, International Relations
  • Master of International Affairs, Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, International Political Economy

Personal Interests


Stanford athletics, Italian culture and cuisine, photography, English Premier League Soccer

Professional Interests


U.S. International Trade Policy, U.S National Security Policy, Technology Transfer and Innovation, Global Mobility and Education

Professional Affiliations and Activities


  • Executive Advisory Committee Member, Association of University Export Control Officers (2016 - Present)
  • Member, Little XI Export Control Group (2014 - Present)