Board of Directors


Jennifer StancilJennifer Stancil
Jennifer Stancil is an innovative and visionary C-Suite executive living in North Carolina. As a specialist in start-up non-profits, particularly those aligned with museums environments, she excels by leading teams to not just strive for, but establish, new best practices in informal education. 

For more than 20 years, Stancil’s ethos of inclusion has permeated her roles, leading educational organizations (Glazer Children’s Museum; Girls, Math & Science Partnership at Carnegie Science Center), creating impactful media through work with PBS, WQED, Twin Cities Public Television and inventing her own, Emmy-award winning TV show, iQ:smartparent. Early in her career she helped open two museums in the SouthEast (McWane Science Center; Marbles Children’s Museum (previously known as Exploris) that still thrive today. She is a sought out national speaker and advisor for national conferences and TV and blogs on wide-ranging preK-12 educational topics, about creativity, innovation and equity (especially in the STEM fields) in education. Stancil is a former advisor to the Women and Girls Council formed by the Obama White House.

Board Members:

Gabriela A. González
Gabriela A. GonzálezGabriela A. González is the Deputy Director and Operations Manager of the Intel Foundation informing K12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Women & Girls STEM strategies.  Ms. González engages and collaborates with multiple stakeholders across Intel as well as external partners in academia, government, industry and non-profit agencies to drive and influence meaningful STEM education outcomes.  Prior to this role Ms. González was a program manager for Intel Labs leading Intel’s strategic corporate relationships and academic programs with top U.S., Europe and Latin America research universities.  Throughout her career, Ms. González held several engineering roles at Intel, transferring the latest microprocessor technology from development to high-volume manufacturing and managing equipment capacity, labor and operational productivity.  Ms. González began her professional career at Xerox Corporation where she held various manufacturing, engineering and management leadership positions.

In 2018, Ms. González was appointed as the chair of the National Science Foundation (NSF) STEM Education Panel.  She is an active member of her professional, social, and cultural communities as a leader and role model, driving impact for underrepresented students and professionals in STEM around the globe.  Ms. González holds a Masters in Engineering and Manufacturing Management from Clarkson University and a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington.  She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology at Arizona State University.

Andrea Lattanner
Andrea LattannerAndrea is a Sr. Program Manager focused on International Grants and Partnerships with Microsoft Philanthropies digital inclusion team. In her role, she helps to equip people unreached or displaced by technology with computing and AI skills by building multi-stakeholder, international partnerships. She believes that gaining in-demand basic to advanced digital skills paired with work based learning opportunities will lead to gainful employment and improved livelihoods, and by working in partnership, we can leverage our resources more effectively and increase our collective impact.

Andrea formerly developed the community development and event program managed at the Microsoft retail stores which focused on providing education enrichment to schools, nonprofits, and community organizations as well as unique consumer experiences through product launches and consumer campaigns. Before joining Microsoft, Andrea worked in public and section 8 housing for the training and consulting company NMA.

Andrea is an active advocate for girls and women in technology, people with dyslexia, and young people early in career.

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Susan Lavrakas
Susan LavrakasA graduate from Hamline University in political science, Lavrakas logged a stellar forty-five year career in national security, retiring as Director, Workforce, Aerospace Industries Association  She served as an intelligence officer with the CIA, did graduate studies in international relations at the University of Southern California, and conducted research at the RAND Corporation before joining Northrop Corporation in 1982 and BAE Systems in 2003, where her responsibilities focused on research, analysis and government relations. 

Exposure to the issue of impending science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce shortages ignited Susan’s passion to address this challenge to U.S. national security, and especially to inspire more females and minorities to explore STEM opportunities. She devoted the last decade of her career to ensuring more youth have opportunities to pursue careers in STEM. 

As Director of Workforce for the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA, the premier trade association of U.S. aviation, space and defense contractors), she led coordination of STEM workforce efforts among AIA’s 300+ member companies and collaboration with other stakeholders, such as higher education and K-12 institutions; and federal, state and local governments.

Patricia MacGowan
Patricia MacGowanPatricia MacGowan has been a leader in math and science education reform for over 30 years serving as the co-founder and former Executive Director of the Washington State MESA Program based at the University of Washington in Seattle. Washington MESA received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring in 2000 under MacGowan’s leadership.  Washington MESA is a statewide partnership program that builds pathways to college and careers for underrepresented minority and female students in mathematics, engineering, science, and technology. Washington MESA serves students in K-12 school districts and community colleges.  

Patricia’s award-winning career started as a middle and high school science teacher in Seattle Public Schools.  She developed National Science Foundation sponsored programs for teacher professional development, and led projects to integrate mathematics, science, and engineering into standardized curriculum. Ms. MacGowan received the KCTS Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Education in 2005.

Now retired and a grandmother, her service continues as Board Member and Past Chair (2014-2019) for the National Girls Collaborative Project, as well as with the University of Washington, Washington School Employees Retired Association and the legislative committee for the organization she founded.

Mary Murrin
Mary MurrinMary Murrin is the corporate affairs advisor for Chevron Technology Ventures, based in Houston. She previously led social investment projects for Chevron in Houston and in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio.

Mary graduated from Brown University and began her career in public affairs with Westinghouse Electric, returning to the energy industry with Chevron in 2014. In between, she led marketing and public relations for five Carnegie Mellon University start-ups developing software for web search, online education, and telecommunications. Mary is an active community volunteer, serving on the board of The National Girls Collaborative, the advisory board of the Houston Community College Foundation, and the advisory board of the Hermann Park Conservancy. Mary is a former elected member of Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County Democratic Committee.

Ex Officio:

Karen Peterson
Karen PetersonKaren A. Peterson is the Chief Executive Officer for the National Girls Collaborative. She has over 25 years of experience in education as a classroom teacher, university instructor, teacher educator, program administrator, and researcher. Currently, Peterson is the Principal Investigator for the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP). Designed by Peterson, the NGCP seeks to maximize access to shared resources for public and private sector organizations interested in expanding girls’ participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The overarching goal of the NGCP is to use the leverage of a network or collaboration of individual girl-serving STEM programs to create the tipping point for gender equity in STEM. Currently, 33 Collaboratives, serving 41 states, facilitate collaboration between 36,400 organizations who serve 20.15 million girls and 9.5 million boys.

Peterson is also Co-Principal Investigator for Leap into Science:  Cultivating a National Network for Informal Science and Literacy, STEM Integration into Digital Forensics Science Learning, SciGirls Code: A National Connected Learning Model to Integrate STEM Learning with Middle School Girls, and Code: SciGirls! Media to Engage Girls in Computing Pathways. All of these projects are funded by the National Science Foundation and address gender, racial and socioeconomic underrepresentation in STEM fields. Many of them access the NGCP’s national network and dissemination tools to distribute, scale-up, and/or replicate project outcomes. These projects have leveraged Karen’s expertise in STEM equity project development, effective national scale-up strategies, dissemination, and capacity building.

Peterson serves on local and national boards which develop and administer programs designed to increase underrepresented students’ interests in STEM. She  has served on the Board of Directors for True Child, an independent think tank which translates research and knowledge on the impact of gender stereotypes into a range of effective interventions, policies and other resources for the organizations and policy-makers. Peterson has published in The Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering and CBE Life Sciences Education, a journal published by the American Society for Cell Biology.She co-authored evaluation reports and promising practices reports in informal information technology education for girls for the National Center for Women & Information Technology. In 2013, Peterson was profiled in STEMConnector’s™ 100 Women Leaders in STEM publication. A graduate of the University of Washington, Bothell campus, her Master’s thesis focused on gendered attitudes towards computer use in education.