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Chief Executive Officer


Caroline King

Caroline King is the Chief Executive Officer of Washington STEM. She leads Washington STEM’s program, policy, and partnerships efforts to advance equity, excellence, and innovation in STEM innovation.

Caroline has over 20 years of experience advancing strategies that allow young people to access economic opportunity through education. Caroline was one of the founders of Washington STEM and served as Chief Policy and Strategy Officer for seven years. Caroline has also served as Executive Director of Partnership for Learning and a founding member of Harvard’s Public Education Leadership Project. Read More

Chief Financial Officer


Cindy Gustafson

Cindy Gustafson brings passion and excellence to her role as Chief Financial Officer at Washington STEM. Drawing from a distinguished career in finance paired with a passion for community engagement and social responsibility, Cindy plays an integral role in stewarding Washington STEM's resources to ensure every student in our state receives a robust and inspiring STEM education. Read More

Chief Development Officer


Alex Johnston

Alex Johnston serves as Washington STEM’s Chief Development Officer, leading the organization’s resource development efforts. She is personally invested in improving and increasing access to STEM education as she sees great potential for the number of lives that will be changed and the economic impact to both our state and country. She also wonders what path her life might have taken if, as a young girl who excelled in math and science, she had been encouraged to pursue those paths by a more inclusive and innovative education system. Read More

Chief Program Officer


Andy Shouse

Andy serves as Washington STEM’s Chief Program Officer, leading the organization's efforts to develop and support innovative STEM learning experiences for all Washington students through close partnership with educators and industry and community partners. Read More

STEM Network Director


Lee Lambert

Lee Lambert serves as Washington STEM’s STEM Network Director, leading the charge on the organization’s statewide effort to advance STEM education in alignment with local economic development. From supporting diverse on-the-ground partnerships to facilitating the spread of promising practices across networks, Lee is a leading advocate for high quality STEM education for every student in Washington state. Read More

Impact Director


Dr. Jenée Myers Twitchell

As Impact Director, Dr. Jenée Myers Twitchell will lead all research, evaluation, and data analytics activities for Washington STEM with the purpose of continuously improving STEM policy and practices to create maximum impact for Washington students. Jenée will work closely with community partners and examine existing local and national data sets in order to help the field positively impact STEM education.

Senior Program Officer


Carlin Llorente

Carlin serves as Senior Program Officer for Washington STEM, leading the organization's early math initiative and contributing to overall programmatic strategy. He works to develop and support innovative early STEM learning experiences that start children on pathways to lives and careers that benefit them, their families, and their communities.  Read More

Program Director


Gilda Wheeler

Gilda serves as Program Director at Washington STEM where she designs and implements innovative and scalable programs to advance STEM education in Washington state. Her work focuses on excellent, equitable, and engaging K-12 STEM learning, STEM career and college pathways, and STEM literacy for citizenship and life. Read More

Communications and Policy Director


Jesse Gilliam

Jesse Gilliam serves as Washington STEM’s Director of Communications and Policy. He’s responsible for internal and external communications strategy and implementation and he leads Washington STEM's policy and advocacy efforts. Read More

Communications and Digital Media Manager


Danny Gross

Danny Gross serves as Communications and Digital Media Manager at Washington STEM. He’s responsible for managing day-to-day communications, serving as producer on all original media content, and he works closely with the Communications Director to strategically align all communications endeavors against Washington STEM’s various work areas. Read More

Program Officer


Tana Peterman

Tana Peterman is a program officer with Washington STEM. As part of our engineering education initiative she leads the Engineering Fellows project, a partnership with Washington MESA. Read More

Donor Relations Officer


Deidre McCormack Martin

Deidre oversees Washington STEM's individual giving program as Donor Relations Officer. Deidre has long been a champion for educational equity and ensuring that all youth in our region have the opportunities to develop their full potential. In her 19 years working in the non-profit sector, she has seen the amazing talent that exists in our region, and what can happen with the right education, mentoring and exposure to different experiences. She has also seen the power of collaboration and the increased impact that occurs when we come together to find solutions to the opportunity gap, as well as our state's economic needs.

Corporate Partnerships Manager


Matt Cronin

Matt Cronin is the Corporate Partnerships Manager at Washington STEM. He is responsible for developing, managing, and implementing corporate partnerships that generate revenue and increase visibility for Washington STEM. He generates new leads and plays a key business development role on a four-person team. Read More

Development Operations Manager


Christina Khatri

Christina Khatri is the Development Operations Manager at Washington STEM. She is primarily responsible for supporting the Development team. Day-to-day activities include database management, research, and administrative support. Read More

Special Events Manager


Megan Nadan

Megan Nadan serves as Washington STEM’s Special Events Manager. She is primarily responsible for the logistics of all organization events. Working in close coordination with Washington STEM team members and partners, she supports the growth and effectiveness of the organization through the planning, support, and execution of various events. Read More

Finance and Grants Manager


Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson is the Finance and Grants Manager of Washington STEM. An experienced administrative professional, Jill supports the organization’s finance and grantmaking efforts by providing a keen eye for detail, organizational efficiency, and strong communication skills. Read More

Program Coordinator


Jayme Shoun

Jayme Shoun serves as the Program Coordinator for Washington STEM. She works primarily with the Innovation team helping to coordinate meetings, work groups, and managing projects. She also supports the review, communication and administration of grants.  Read More

Executive Assistant to the CEO


Nicole Harris

Nicole Pettigrew is the Executive Assistant to the CEO and Office Manager at Washington STEM. She directly supports CEO Caroline King and manages office operations. She comes to us as the former business manager of a charter school and understands the value of equitable and quality STEM education for all students. Read More

Accountant


Nicole Arriaga

Nicole Arriaga is the Accountant at Washington STEM. She works closely with the Finance Team and is primarily responsible for supporting the accounting functions for Washington STEM and the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship program. Read More

Controller


Matt Poth

Matt Poth brings 11 years of accounting and finance experience to Washington STEM.  He started his career in public accounting at Falco Sult & Company where he performed tax and accounting services for companies and individuals from a variety of industries. Read More

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