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Amanda Smith

Executive Director

Executive Leadership Team

My goal is for every child across our region to realize they have limitless possibilities.

Amanda is the STEM Outreach and Engagement Liaison for Penn State Center for Science and the Schools and served as a PA STEM Ambassador in the 2018-2019 academic year. She focuses on building relationships with school divisions, higher education, and STEM industry to better support STEM education and enhance professional development opportunities for teachers with the center.  She has built a public database, Navigate Education in Pennsylvania, to help stakeholders search education entities through a variety of criteria, which heavily supports partnership development with Penn State and research grant collaborations. She is also the Penn State representative for 100kin10, a national organization involving higher education, industry, foundations and other stakeholders to address the grand challenges in STEM from preK-12 education through the STEM workforce.  Amanda is currently working on her PhD with a focus on STEM education/industry partnerships and their influence on the K-12 education system. 

At a Glance: The Executive Director will serve to oversee all major projects and programs within the ecosystem and alignment with the shared vision. The director will also be responsible for building relationships with donors, charitable trusts, corporations and foundations to support the ecosystem infrastructure and programs. The director will work with the fiscal agent and provide an annual report to stakeholders and funders. She will also support the growth of the executive team and members engaged in project teams.