Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project

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Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project

The vision of the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project (PNWGCP) is to serve as a conduit for girl-serving STEM organizations in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, and Washington that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in STEM.

Through collaboration, dissemination, and the leveraging of individual and collective resources, the PNWGCP creates synergies to increase equity and access to STEM and heightens the interest in STEM fields for all girls throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Too often programs that serve girls in STEM are limited in service and impact due to size, location, funding, expertise, and equipment.  In other cases, projects compete with each other, duplicating services and seeking the same resources.  PNWGCP provides the opportunity for programs to increase their ability to maintain interest and participation of girls in STEM through collaboration.

As the first collaborative site, the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative experienced tremendous success during the initial months of funding from the National Science Foundation. As a result, the National Girls Collaborative Project developed a national model that has been replicated in many more regions throughout the United States. Collaboration, as an interactive process, enables professionals across projects and communities to generate and carry out creative solutions and strategies that maximize benefit beyond what one project of community could accomplish.  The model is structured to bring organizations together to leverage resources, share information and exemplary practices, and to plan strategically to expand STEM-related opportunities for girls. 

Collaborative Lead

Karen Peterson - CEO, National Girls Collaborative Project


Mailing Address

4616 25th Avenue NE #248
Seattle, WA 98105

  • Karen Peterson, Lead, Chief Executive Officer - National Girls Collaborative Project
  • Annette Anderson, Curriculum Development Director - University of Washington, Bothell
  • Greg Bianchi, K-5 STEM Curriculum Developer - Bellevue School District
  • Krista Galloway, Quality Systems Manager - School's Out Washington
  • Karinda Harris
  • Didey Montoya, Federal Programs - Kennewick School District
  • Cindy Thorngren, Director - STEM Idaho
  • Gayna Williams, Founder - If She Can I Can

Board members were selected to give the project a balance of desirable expertise and regional representation, including industry representatives, informal learning educators, gender equity experts, science and mathematics education representatives, and educational policy experts.

  • Julie Bletz, Scientific Project Manager - Institute for Systems Biology
  • Judy Cushing, Computer Science Faculty - The Evergreen State College
  • James Dorsey, Executive Director - Washington State Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA)
  • Julia Fallon, Information Technology - Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Letha Joye Jepson, IT Director - Enterprise Consumer Contact Centers Services Organization The Boeing Company
  • Elana Slagle, Director - Starfish Education
  • Brenda Wilson, Consultant - Sally Ride Science
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