Meet Steve Zappala
Steve Zappala was born into a family that taught him two things above all else: the power of public service, and a commitment to bettering his home county. These two values guided him as he rose from gifted high school and college athlete, to law student, to regional elected official.
A lifelong county resident, Steve was raised in the Regent Square and Swissvale neighborhoods of Pittsburgh. He completed his undergraduate work at Pitt, and – following in the footsteps of his father, former Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Stephen Zappala Sr. – entered the legal field, earning his J.D. from Duquesne University Law School in 1984.
As District Attorney, Steve has dedicated himself to safeguarding civil rights, protecting Allegheny County’s most vulnerable citizens, and working to advance equity within the justice system. Responsible for the safety of the second-largest county in Pennsylvania, Steve heads an office of nearly 230 staff, networks with 119 municipal police departments, and oversees both the County’s Investigating and Indicting Grand Juries.
Under his guidance, DA Zappala’s office has consistently evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of a twenty-first-century county. He oversaw the creation of the first investigative units exclusively dedicated to domestic violence and child abuse cases and updated the PFA process to keep victims safe.
Similarly, spearheaded the increased use of technology to assist in investigations and contribute to overall public safety, and is dedicated to helping local police forces secure the resources and training needed to do their jobs safely, fairly, and accountability.
Long critical of the punitive nature of the cash bail system, he fought for needed systemwide reforms to eliminate unnecessary prison stays, save taxpayer dollars, and ease the burden on low-income defendants and their families.
He is dedicated to advancing equity within the justice system and his office utilizes 11 distinct diversionary systems to keep non-violent offenders out of the criminal process and give them the support they need to rehabilitate.
Steve is proud to serve as the District Attorney of the county he loves, and will continue to fight for fairness, equity, and accountability for all. He and his wife, Mary, have four sons and live in Fox Chapel with their German Shepard, Bolt.