Steve Kasten started his real estate business in Lincoln Heights in 1984. He is the president of Steven Kasten Realty, Inc., and the owner of Steven Kasten Properties, which owns and manages investment properties consisting of residential, commercial, and office buildings.
Since the 1980s, Steve has been involved in a wide variety of community organizations. In the mid-1980s, he was appointed to James Hahn’s Small Business Advisory Council, LA City Council’s Eastside Employment and Economic Incentive Zone Community Advisory Council, and Mayor Bradley’s East LA Regional Economic Council. Through the rest of the decade, Steve served on the board of trustees for the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, was community mentor for the youth community services program with the LA Unified School District, and was a member of the Arthur K. Snider Advisory Council and the Plaza De La Raza Advisory Board.
Steve Kasten was a member of the board of directors of the Hollenbeck Police Business Council since 1984, serving as president from 1989 to 1991, and was a elected to the board of directors of White Memorial Medical Center, serving for approximately ten years, and as chairman of the board for approximately four years, through 1997.
In Lincoln Heights, Steve became involved with the local Optimist Club, serving as first vice president from 1981–1985, then president, then chairman of the board; he is currently a member of the board of directors. He has worked in various capacities for Lincoln Heights’ Neighborhood Council, the Local Development Corporation, and the Lincoln Heights Benefit Association of LA. Steve has was a member of the board of directors of the Lincoln Heights Chamber of Commerce for over 30 years, serving as president for 15 years, co-chairing their Entrepreneur Awards dinners from 2011–2013, and receiving their Man of the Year award in 2003. (Earlier, Steve received a similar award from Boyle Heights’ Chamber of Commerce, and was Honorary Mayor of Lincoln Heights in 1982–1984 and 1990–1991.)
In addition, Steve Kasten served as board member of the LA Police Historical Society from 1989–2011, and as chairman of the board from 1997–2002. He is currently a council member on the Dean’s Community Leadership Council at USC’s Keck School of Medicine and a member of the board of the Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club.