Barbara (McAllister) Whye, Intel Foundation

TITLE: Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

FUNDING AREAS: STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education, with an emphasis on girls, women, and the underserved

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PROFILE: Having great mentors is what first led Barbara McAllister into a career in engineering, and deciding to become a mentor to others early in her career is what made her into a better engineer, she said during one interview. Ever since, McAllister has worked to balance her interests in science and business, while continuing to coach and support others.

Her LinkedIn bio shares: 

Barbara H. Whye is Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Vice President of Human Resources at Intel Corporation. She leads Intel’s Diversity in Technology initiative as the company endeavors to reach its goal of full representation in its U.S. workforce by 2020. A champion of Intel’s culture of inclusion, with 21 years of experience, she develops strategy that accelerate progress and integrates diversity and inclusion across the ecosystem to enhance innovation and drive business results. 

Barbara joined Intel in 1995 as an engineer and held a number of leadership roles driving large scale and enterprise wide change. Prior to joining HR and Global Diversity and Inclusion in 2015, she spent 15 years in key leadership and project engineering roles responsible for acquiring and starting up new facilities for Intel Corporation worldwide, including Talent Management as an expatriate in San José, Costa Rica. Barbara also led the investment strategy for Intel’s global (STEM) education portfolio, with an emphasis on girls and underserved populations and was a strategist on Girl Rising. Intel’s global campaign for girls' education and empowerment. 

Barbara earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of South Carolina and her MBA from the University’s Darla Moore School of Business. Recognized as a force for positive social change, she has been awarded with the 2014 National Society of Black Engineers Career Excellence Award, a 2015 Society of Women Engineers Spark Award, and a 2016 Inspiring Women of South Carolina Award. 

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Ron Ottinger, Noyce Foundation / STEM Next

TITLE: Director 

FUNDING AREAS: Informal science and math education

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PROFILE: Ottinger serves as the executive director of the Noyce Foundation. The foundation closed at the end of 2015 but still maintains several programs. Ottinger leads the Informal Science and STEM Ecosystems program for STEM Next at the Center for Education Policy & Law at the University of San Diego. 

His foundation bio shares: 

As the Executive Director of the Noyce Foundation, Ron Ottinger oversees all program areas and operations of the Foundation. For the past eight years, he has led the foundation’s strategies and initiatives in informal and out-of-school-time science, focusing on field-building efforts that are marrying afterschool and science.  Ron also spearheads the foundation’s human capital management and math initiatives.  Prior to joining Noyce, Ron served for fourteen years as National Associate Director of the non-profit AVID Center, which disseminates AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), the nationally acclaimed college preparation program for low-income students.  He was elected to three terms on the San Diego City Schools’ Board of Education from 1992-2004, during a period of major reform of the school system, and was the longest running board president.

Erin O’Shea, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

TITLE: President

FUNDING AREAS: Science, STEM, and biomedical research

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PROFILE: Erin K. O'Shea, PhD, used to serve as vice president and chief scientific officer at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Today, she is the president of HHMI. She is also a professor of molecular and cellular biology, a professor of chemistry and chemical biology, and director of the Harvard FAS Center for Systems Biology at Harvard University. O'Shea is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Before ascending to her current role at HHMI, she was an HHMI investigator starting in 2005.

Her HHMI bio shares: 

O’Shea is HHMI’s sixth president and the first woman to lead the Institute. Under her leadership, HHMI has established key priorities for its work in discovery science and science education. She is responsible for new efforts at HHMI to increase diversity in science and improve the academic ecosystem. In addition, she has overseen strategic changes to HHMI’s core programs to ensure the Institute maintains its impact over time.

A leader in the fields of gene regulation, signal transduction, and systems biology, O’Shea maintains a lab at HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus. An HHMI investigator since 2000, she served on the faculties of Harvard University and the University of California, San Francisco, before joining HHMI in 2013, initially as vice president and chief scientific officer. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2017, Washingtonianmagazine named O’Shea “one of Washington’s 100 most powerful women.”

O’Shea received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Smith College and her PhD in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Marian Carlson, Simons Foundation

TITLE: Director, Life Sciences

FUNDING AREAS: Life sciences

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PROFILE: Marian Carlson became director of Life Sciences at the Simons Foundation in May 2013, but she is no stranger to scientific philanthropy. She's been with the Simons Foundation since 2010, after serving as senior scientific officer at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), another funder of scientific research and STEM activities. Her foundation bio shares: 

Marian Carlson received her A.B. from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Stanford University. After postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in 1981 she joined the faculty at Columbia University, where she is a professor of genetics and development and has also served as senior associate dean and vice dean for research. Her laboratory used genetic analysis in yeast to identify and elucidate conserved mechanisms of signal transduction and transcriptional regulation, notably the SNF1/AMPK protein kinase pathway and the SWI-SNF chromatin remodeling complex. In 2008, she took a leave of absence to serve as a senior scientific officer at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She joined the Simons Foundation in 2010.

Carlson is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Microbiology, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is a past president of the Genetics Society of America, and she received the 2009 Genetics Society of America Medal.

Paula Golden, Broadcom Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director

FUNDING AREAS: Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education

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PROFILE: Paula Golden may be a trained lawyer with a history as a TV and radio host, but her true passion lies in science and engineering. Her Broadcom bio shares: 

Paula Golden initiates innovative partnerships with universities, non-profits and non-government organizations (NGOs) to create equitable access to STEM education, close the STEM education gap for young women and the underserved, and ensure that young people are STEM literate with the necessary skills to succeed in 21st century STEM careers.  She is a leader in the National STEM Funders Network and STEM Education Ecosystem Initiative that create collaborations among formal and informal STEM educators throughout the United States.  As a former host of community cable programs, Emmy finalist, TedX presenter and blogger for the Huffington Post, Paula promotes communication as a critical tool in STEM education.

Paula spearheads the Broadcom MASTERS® and Broadcom MASTERS® International, world-renowned middle school science and engineering competitions of the Society for Science & the Public that enable students to become future scientists, engineers, and innovators by encouraging them to elect requisite math and science courses in high school.  She has developed after-school coding programs such as Broadcom Presents: Design_CODE_Build that use the Raspberry Pi® to inspire middle schoolers to excel in algebra in order to gain access to ever-expanding career opportunities in computer science.

Paula earned her B.A. in English and Education from Wellesley College and her J.D. cum laude from New England School of Law where she later served as Assistant Dean and Instructor of Law.  Her contributions to nonprofit leadership and to creating inclusion, equality, and access to STEM education have been recognized by the University of California at Irvine, the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN), and the Women In Defense (WID).


Elizabeth Boylan, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

TITLE: Program Director, STEM Higher Education

FUNDING AREAS: Undergraduate and graduate STEM programs

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PROFILE: Plucked from Barnard College in 2011, Elizabeth S. Boylan directs the STEM Higher Education program at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Her foundation bio shares: 

  • Elizabeth S. Boylan directs the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s programs on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Higher Education, including programs for the education and professional advancement of underrepresented groups and for the study and improvement of STEM student learning and performance.  In 2014 she was elected to the Board of Directors of the Teagle Foundation.

    Dr. Boylan came to the Sloan Foundation after 16 years at Barnard College where she served as Provost and Dean of the Faculty and professor of Biological Sciences.  During her tenure, she led many efforts involved with faculty career enhancement, curriculum reform, international education, and capital projects.  Among the major grants for which she was responsible were those from the Mellon Foundation for a Center of Excellence supporting both facility and programmatic improvements in the sciences and for a consortium of 23 liberal arts colleges that provided faculty development opportunities in research and teaching.  From 1996 to 2000, she served on the Commission for Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.  She was also a member of the Leadership Network for International Education of the American Council on Education and the Advisory Board of Project Kaleidoscope.

    Prior to her work at Barnard, Boylan was associate provost for academic planning and programs at Queens College/CUNY.  She was a tenured member of the biology faculty at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center.  She served as Deputy Chair of Graduate Studies in Biology for four years, chaired of the Queens College Academic Senate for three years, and co-chaired University-wide efforts in program reform in science, engineering, technology and mathematics, and in secondary education.  Research in her laboratory was supported by the National Cancer Institute and the American Federation for Aging Research, as well as University grants.  She has served as a consultant for, among others, the National Cancer Institutes’ Breast Cancer Task Force, the American Cancer Society’s Review Committee on Prevention, Diagnosis, and Therapy, the National Science Foundation, the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research, and various scientific journals.

    A specialist in developmental biology and hormonal carcinogenesis, Boylan earned a Ph.D. in zoology/embryology from Cornell University and a bachelor's degree in biological sciences from Wellesley College.  She was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole and a postdoctoral fellow in biochemistry and oncology at the University of Rochester Medical Center.


Matt Blakely, Motorola Solutions Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director 

FUNDING AREAS: Science education, public safety, and disaster relief

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PROFILE: Matt Blakely is Executive Director of the corporate foundation for Motorola Solutions, which gives to programs that include science education, public safety, and disaster relief. A lifelong Chicagoan, Blakely has nearly 20 years of experience working in philanthropy in the region, with particular expertise in corporate giving and support for education. He's also quite plugged in to the city's philanthropic and nonprofit community, serving on a number of boards and advisory committees.

His foundation bio shares: 

Matt Blakely has more than 20 years of experience working with private and corporate foundations. Since 2005, Matt has coordinated the foundation and corporate giving programs of Motorola and Motorola Solutions Foundation, a company recognized by Points of Light as one of the fifty most community-minded companies in the United States.  He develops philanthropic strategies and directs grants, corporate contributions and volunteer programs focused on science education, public safety training, and disaster response. Motorola Solutions Foundation and Motorola Solutions employees make contributions totaling more than 70,000 volunteer hours and $12 million in over 35 countries annually. 
Before joining the Motorola Solutions, Matt was Senior Program Officer in the Communities Program at the McCormick Tribune Foundation where he helped guide the philanthropic giving of 11 different companies across the United States.  He currently serves on the board of the Chicago History Museum including the museum's OUT committee and the National Police Foundations Network.  He is also active in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Funders Network, and serves on the CASE committee of the Museum of Science and Industry.  Matt also serves on the LGBTA advisory committee of Motorola Solutions.

Susan Harvey, S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

TITLE: Program Director, Education


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PROFILE: Susan Harvey is a program director of education at the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. Her foundation bio shares:

Susan joined the Foundation in 1999, and she oversees grantmaking in the Education Program. As program director, Susan directs strategy and manages program staff and investments to advance STEM teaching and learning in regions throughout California, and Character development in the U.S. Before joining the Foundation, Susan worked as a software engineer, both at Qusim Systems, Inc. and at Electronic Data Systems Corporation, where she managed the development, implementation, and maintenance of multiple complex systems. She has also worked as a data processing training specialist for the Bank of California and as a practice analyst at Alta Bates Medical Research. Susan is actively involved in local community organizations, and she is a co-founder of The Lake School, a nonprofit preschool located in Oakland. She has also served on the Boards of The College Preparatory School and the Alta Bates Summit Foundation. Susan graduated from Vassar College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Religion with a minor in Geography.