Steven A. Burd was born in 1949 in Valley City, North Dakota. He is married to Chris and they have two sons. Burd got his BS in Economics from Carroll College in 1971 and two years later an MA in Economics from the University of Wisconsin. He is a born-again Christian and Republican and has worked as a Bush Pioneer in 2004, on the National Republican Senatorial Committee. As well he was employed by the Food Marketing Institute, Southern Pacific Marketing, a board member for Safeway Inc. and Kohl’s, a management consult for Arthur D Little and finally the President and CEO of Safeway – a position he has so far held for nearly two decades.