Carleen Beste, Northrop Grumman Foundation

TITLE: Manager

FOCUS AREAS: STEM education, K-12 education, higher ed

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PROFILE: Carleen Beste is manager of the Northrop Grumman Foundation. On the corporate side of Northrop Grumman, she is also manager of its Corporate Citizenship Team. Here is her bio, as provided by National Center for Women & Information Technology:

As manager of Corporate Citizenship, Carleen Beste is responsible for the development and implementation of Northrop Grumman's Corporate Citizenship strategic plan and programming which includes K-12 education, troops and veterans, environmental stewardship, employee volunteer initiatives and company's philanthropic endeavors.

As the manager of the Northrop Grumman Foundation, she oversees all Foundation programming, which focuses on science, technology, engineering and math education.

Beste also has a broad background in public affairs and communications. She has held several leadership positions within the community, both representing the company and personally, and currently serves on the Board of Education for the Hermosa Beach City School District. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and holds a certificate in Corporate Community Involvement from Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship.

In an interview with WashingtonExec, Beste also shared this first-hand account of her role at the Northrop Grumman Foundation, her background, and her interest in STEM education:

My current position is Northrop Grumman Director of Global Corporate Citizenship and Manager of the Northrop Grumman Foundation. In this position, I am responsible for the development and implementation of Northrop Grumman’s Corporate Citizenship strategic plan and programming which includes K-12 education, troops and veterans, environmental stewardship, employee volunteer initiatives, community engagement, work/life and the company’s philanthropic endeavors. As the manager of the Northrop Grumman Foundation, I oversee all Foundation programming, which focuses on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

I have a broad background in public affairs and communications. I’ve held several leadership positions within the community, both representing the company and personally, and currently serve on the Board of Education for the Hermosa Beach City School District. I graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and I hold a certificate in Corporate Community Involvement from the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. . .

Looking back, I guess STEM has always been important to me. Math and science was what I loved as a K-12 student and I even entered college with an interest in a technical career. Things change, but I would say that background has served me well. While I don’t design spacecraft or defend networks as part of my job today, I interact with those who do on a regular basis and have the responsibility of taking some of the technical information and making it interesting and exciting for a younger audience.

As far as importance goes, I truly believe in Northrop Grumman’s focus on expanding and enhancing the pipeline of diverse, talented STEM students and how important that is to future of our nation. In addition, I have two young children and think that a solid STEM education will lead them to a successful career.