What you do at STEMconnector: I have been at STEMconnector since the very beginning – back in 2011. My role has not changed too much since then and is, quite simply, to build and maintain relationships with our members who share a common interest: creating a robust and diverse pool of STEM talent. This work comprises a large part of our value proposition at STEMconnector. I am passionate about universal access to high quality education and, given the high value placed on STEM talent, about expanding access to STEM education for all. To a similar degree, I am very interested in supporting broader public understanding of STEM principles to inform public opinion on issues that relate to innovation.
I have been told more times than I can recall that I am a “connector” and take that role seriously building connections between partners with complementary needs. In addition to building connections, my role is to collaborate with my colleagues to help our members leverage our research, resources, and tools to support their practice in funding, building, and evaluating STEM programs. I also help our members share their stories about the great work they are doing across our broader network.
What you were doing before STEMconnector: I began my career as a French and Spanish teacher working for 3 years in Northeast Georgia and 3 more in Philadelphia. During this time, I also traveled extensively leading several student trips to Europe and Latin America. Most of my growing up was in Newport, Rhode Island and I am very fond of my home state as well as the Boston Red Sox.
- BA – Washington and Lee University – Romance Languages and Economics
- MA – The George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs, International Affairs
Hobbies: Traveling as much as I can. Hiking, biking, and most types of exercise. Cooking. Good movies.