STEM Education Innovation Alliance

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STEM Education Innovation Alliance

In 2013, Governor Inslee worked with legislators to pass a key piece of legislation. E2SHB 1872 established a multi-sector STEM Education Innovation Alliance focused on aligning the state's education and career training systems with the workforce needs of Washington's technology-driven economy. In 2014, the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices awarded a two-year grant to the state of Washington, providing financial support and other resources that play a key role in advancing the STEM Alliance agenda.

The STEM Alliance aims to do the following:

  • Advise the Governor in the development and implementation of policies to advance STEM education.
  • Leverage resources of the NGA Policy Academy to identify best practices.
  • Collaborate with key partners from the education, business, labor, and nonprofit sectors.
  • Track progress through the creation of a dashboard.
  • Refine policies based on the results in an iterative process.


STEM Education Innovation Alliance

About the Governor's Alliance
  • Proposed by Governor Jay Inslee and approved by the Washington State Legislature in 2013 in House Bill 1872.
  • Includes members from business, labor, nonprofit, and education organizations.
  • Advises the Governor on policies designed to advance STEM education for a diverse population, and prepares graduates for employment opportunities in Washington's technology-driven economy.
  • Endeavors to ensure that graduates are STEM literate, which is defined as having the ability to identify, apply, and integrate concepts from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to understand complex problems and innovate to solve them.
  • Ensures that creativity, the arts, and other essential elements of a liberal education are integrated with STEM curricula.
  • Collaborates with the NGA Policy Academy, which plays a key role in advancing the STEM Alliance agenda, catalyzing efforts to bring disparate resources together and promoting best practice strategies.


NGA-STEM Project

Forging Key Partnerships through the NGA-STEM Project

The STEM Education Innovation Alliance works with key partners.

  • Regional STEM networks in South King County (Puget Sound), Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, Yakima Valley, and Snohomish County will help build education and training systems aligned with the needs of local and state economies.
  • Washington STEM will help forge strong relationships with crucial partners in this endeavor and coordinate annual statewide summits, convening a broad range of interested education, business, and community leaders, as well as policymakers and philanthropists.
  • Established organizations focused on STEM issues like Washington Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) and Leadership & Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) will form a solid foundation on which to build policy activity.
Tracking Progress
  • A talent supply-and-demand dashboard will provide a valuable mechanism for tracking progress, sharing data, and focusing strategic attention on areas of the education pipeline that could be most productively improved.
  • Jim Schmidt, Director of the Education Data Research Center, will lead the effort to create this essential strategic tool. 


November Washington STEM Summit 2016 - Alliance Meeting

November 29, 2016 – Redmond, Washington
Agenda Handouts Meeting Notes | Strategic Action Plan | SAP Feedback Form

September STEM Education Innovation Alliance Meeting

September 27, 2016 – Seattle, Washington
Agenda | Handouts | Meeting Notes | Presentation Slides

July STEM Education Innovation Alliance Meeting

July 13, 2016 – Seattle, Washington
Agenda | Handouts | Meeting Notes | Video: National PTA STEM Initiative

April STEM Education Innovation Alliance Meeting

April 28, 2016 – Seattle, Washington
Agenda | Handouts | Meeting Notes

February STEM Education Innovation Alliance Meeting

February 10, 2016 – Olympia, Washington
Agenda | Handouts | Meeting Notes

December 16 STEM Education Innovation Alliance Meeting

December 16, 2015 – Seattle, Washington
Agenda | Handouts | Meeting Notes

December 1 Washington STEM Summit 2015 - Alliance Meeting

December 1, 2015 – Redmond, Washington
Agenda | Handouts | Meeting Notes

September STEM Education Innovation Alliance Meeting

September 17, 2015 – Olympia, Washington
Agenda | Handouts | Meeting Notes | Recommendations to the Governor

March STEM Education Innovation Alliance Meeting

March 6, 2015 – Olympia, Washington
Agenda | Handouts | Meeting Notes

December Washington STEM Summit 2014  Alliance Meeting

December 2, 2014 – Redmond, Washington
Agenda | Handouts Meeting Notes

October NGA Talent Pipeline Policy Academy State Summit

October 9–10, 2014 – Seattle, Washington
Agenda | Handouts

September NGA Center for Best Practices In-State Policy Workshop and Visit

September 22, 2014 – Olympia, Washington
Agenda | Handouts Meeting Notes

STEM Dashboard

STEM Talent Supply and Demand Dashboard

The STEM Talent Supply and Demand Dashboard displays data for Washington’s employee talent supply in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and associated workforce demand.

The Dashboard will help decision-makers track Washington’s progress in fueling a strong and vibrant economy in the state. Increasing STEM talent in Washington communities is imperative to fill jobs, grow the economy, and close the opportunity gaps for the next generation.

The STEM Education Innovation Alliance, Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC), Washington STEM, and Washington State Office of Financial Management Education Research & Data Center (ERDC) contributed to the Dashboard's initial development. WSAC, in collaboration with the STEM Alliance, ERDC and others, is expanding and updating the dashboard metrics annually.


STEM Education Report Cards
Strategic Action Plan


STEM Alliance Members

Appointed Members
  • John Aultman - Washington State Office of the Governor 
  • Brian Bonlender - Washington State Department of Commerce
  • Violet Boyer - Independent Colleges of Washington
  • Marty Brown - State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
  • Jeff Charbonneau - Zillah High School
  • Maud Daudon - Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
  • Randy Dorn - Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Susan Enfield - Highline School District
  • Jeff Estes - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Paul Francis - Council of Presidents
  • Christine Johnson - Community Colleges of Spokane
  • Scott Keeney - nLIGHT Corporation
  • Caroline King - Washington STEM
  • Ed Lazowska - University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering
  • Glenn Malone - Puyallup School District
  • Marcie Maxwell - Former State Representative
  • Rai Nauman Mumtaz - Student Representative
  • Isabel Munoz-Colon - City of Seattle, Office for Education
  • Eleni Papadakis - Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board
  • Hadi Partovi –
  • Dana Riley Black - Everett Public Schools
  • Naria Santa Lucia - Washington State Opportunity Scholarship
  • Michael Schutzler – Washington Technology Industry Association
  • Rachelle Sharpe – Washington Student Achievement Council
  • Gene Sharratt - OSPI/Association of Educational Service Districts Network
  • Ron Sisson – Association of Washington School Principals
  • Brad Smith - Microsoft Corporation
  • Stan Sorscher - Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace
  • Brian Teppner - Renton School District
  • Nancy Truitt Pierce - Monroe Public Schools
  • Margaret Tudor - Pacific Education Institute
  • Joyce Walters - Corporate Education Strategies
  • Yolanda Watson Spiva - College Success Foundation
  • Yale Wong - General Biodiesel
  • Jane Broom Davidson - Microsoft Corporation
  • Dan Grossman - University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering
  • Amy Hirotaka –
  • Gil Mendoza - Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Randy Spaulding – Washington Student Achievement Council