Dr. Warren Linnington Steinberg was born in Valley Stream, Long Island, New York on January 20, 1924 to John M. Steinberg and Gertrude (Vogel) Steinberg. The family moved to Los Angeles during the 1930s. Warren attended Beverly Hills High School before enrolling at UCLA where he received a B.A., M. Ed., and Ph.D. of Education in 1962.
While completing his studies, Steinberg met and married Betty Ruth Blass on June 29, 1949. They had three sons: Leigh William, James Robert, and Donald Kenneth. Steinberg's career in public education lasted for 39 years and he served in a variety of capacities: he was a teacher, a counselor and a coach at Jordan High School; a teacher and athletic coordinator at Hamilton High School; Vice-Principal at University and Crenshaw High Schools; a consultant to the Los Angeles Unified School District Center for Planned Change; Vice-Principal and Principal at Le Conte Jr. High School; Administrative Consultant on Integration for the Los Angeles Unified School District; Administrator for the Student-to-Student Program; Principal at Gage Middle School and Fairfax High School. In addition to his career responsibilities, Steinberg also contributed articles on human relations and youth behavior to professional journals and newspapers. From 1996 until his death, he served as a member of the Board of Directors for Project Echo, Entrepreneurial Concepts, and Hands On.
Steinberg dedicated his life to promoting civil rights, improving human relations, and achieving equity for all. He was a founding advisor to the Los Angeles City Commission on Human Relations and served as President from 1978 to 1985. He is credited with being the longest-standing commissioner and served until his death. Steinberg also received a number of awards and honors including the Beverly Hills B'nai B'rith President's Award, Awards from the Los Angeles City Council, President's Award, the Southern California Community Relations Conference, Lifetime Achievement Award by the Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission, California Association of Human Relations Organizations Thirtieth Anniversary Civil Rights Lifetime Achievement Award, and Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education special commendations. Steinberg passed away on July 8, 2004.