STEMx Announces Hire of First Executive Director
Margaret Ashida to Lead New Multi-State Network
COLUMBUS â€“ STEMx today announced the hire of Margaret Ashida as its first executive director. A nationwide network of state STEM organizations, STEMx is working to transform science, technology, engineering and math education at the grassroots level.
â€œWe couldnâ€™t be happier to have Margaret join us at STEMx. She brings with her a wealth of experience in STEM that will help put the network on a path toward incredible impact and growth,â€ said Eric Fingerhut, Vice President of Education & STEM Learning at Battelle.
Ashida most recently served as Director of the Empire State STEM Learning Network at the State University of New York. In that role, Ashida provided key input for the early development of STEMx, helping to tackle challenges and forge consensus among member states.
â€œAs a state STEM network leader and chair of the STEMx Network Council, it has been exciting to participate in the growth of STEMx from concept to reality over the last several years,â€ Ashida said. â€œSTEMx is a unique community that enables states to work hand-in-hand to impact STEM education and workforce development. I am thrilled by the opportunity to now advance this work as the networkâ€™s first dedicated manager.â€
Previously an executive at IBM, Ashidaâ€™s experience includes worldwide leadership in diversity and workforce management, university relations and recruiting, collaborative innovation, e- business transformation, and operations in marketing and finance. She earned a B.A. from the University of Rochester and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Launched in June 2012, STEMx currently comprises 16 member states that share an imperative for action on STEM. Members reach more than 8 million students nationwide, positioning the STEMx as a powerful community through which to spread best practices and policy.Â