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 asBoard 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.