Press Release: Washington STEM Selects Angela Jones to Serve as New CEO
“Angela’s deep knowledge of the education landscape in Washington and its many stakeholders, strong track record of building relationships that span the state, and unwavering commitment to equity and transformational change make her the leader we need,” said Liz Tinkham, Washington STEM board chair.
Washington STEM, a statewide nonprofit founded in 2011, works to ensure that youth furthest from opportunity have access to high-quality STEM education and pathways that will help them thrive in a technology-driven economy. Together, in partnership with 10 regional STEM Networks, they convene business, education, and community leaders to identify smart, scalable solutions that help improve access for youth of color, rural youth, students in low-income communities and girls. Collectively, they impact more than 660,000 students across the state from preschool through postsecondary education.
“We are thrilled to have Angela join Washington STEM as CEO. She is going to do amazing things to create maximum impact for Washington students, and by extension, for STEM Networks across the state. Having spent 30 years east of the mountains, but having grown up in Mountlake Terrace, she brings a unique perspective and regional ties throughout our state,” said Meg Lindsay, Network Director of the Spokane STEM Network.
Jones brings nearly 30 years of leadership experience in the education sector. For the last 15 years, she has served in higher education at both Washington State University and Eastern Washington University. Prior to that, she served seven years in K-12 public education as the Director of Human Resources and Reconciliation Services for Spokane Public Schools. Jones holds a Juris Doctor from Gonzaga University School of Law, a Master of Science in Communication Studies from Eastern Washington University and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree with an English/Language Arts teaching emphasis from Washington State University.
“I was the student that needed Washington STEM advocating on my behalf. In high school I had a deep passion for microbiology. Unfortunately, I didn’t have some of the systemic supports needed to thrive in science courses while in college. I often wonder what I might be doing if the commitment to connecting STEM through early learning, K-12, and post-secondary with youth of color was what it is today. I’m incredibly honored to be given the opportunity to lead this wonderful and committed team, all in service of Washington students,” said Jones.
About Washington STEM
Washington STEM is a statewide, independent nonprofit organization headquartered in Seattle, WA. Founded on the principles of equity, partnership and sustainability, we seek smart, scalable solutions that lead to opportunities for youth of color, rural youth, youth growing up in poverty, and girls—those students most underserved and underrepresented in STEM fields. We believe that through a high-quality STEM education, Washington students will become the leaders, critical thinkers, and creators that will tackle the biggest challenges facing our state, nation, and the world.
We partner with ten STEM Networks across the state bringing together educators, business leaders, STEM professionals, and community leaders together to connect students with STEM career opportunities in their communities. STEM Networks bring real-world STEM learning experiences to students where they live so every student has the skills that are increasing in demand in the state.