Our Team

James Brown
Executive Director

James Brown is the Executive Director of the STEM Education Coalition. Prior to joining the Coalition, he was Director of Advocacy at the American Chemical Society.  A nuclear engineer by training, he previously worked as a Legislative Aide for Rep. Doc Hastings of Washington, was Director of Policy and Development at the Consumer Energy Council of America, and began his career as an engineer with Newport News Shipbuilding, working on aircraft carrier construction.  He received a B.S. from the University of New Mexico and an M.S. from Penn State, both in nuclear engineering. He also holds an MBA from George Washington University.


Email - jfbrown@stemedcoalition.org

Lindsey Gardner
Director of External Relations

Lindsey Gardner is the Director of External Relations for the STEM Education Coalition. Lindsey manages media, legislative, and stakeholder relations for the Coalition. Previously, Lindsey spent three years working on scheduling, press, and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee for U.S. Representative Justin Amash. Lindsey earned her B.A. in History and Classical Archaeology from the University of Michigan.


Email - lgardner@stemedcoalition.org

Austin Hall
Policy Specialist

Austin Hall is a Research and Policy Analyst for the coalition, focusing on issues surrounding federal government research and STEM initiatives; computer science education; STEM Education in Higher Education; STEM in after school and extracurricular programs; and career and technical education. Prior to joining the coalition, Hall interned in the Washington D.C. office of Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX). He has also served as an election judge for the state of Texas and a delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention, where he represented children and education interests during the Texas delegation platform deliberations. Austin earned a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Music Education from the University North Texas.

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Caroline Alexander
Research and Policy Analyst

Caroline Alexander is a Research and Policy Analyst for the STEM Education Coalition. Alexander graduated from McGill University in Montreal, QC, with degrees in international development and Russian studies. A Fulbright scholar, she speaks French, Russian, and Spanish. Prior to joining the Coalition, she worked in McGill University’s Office of University Advancement. She wrote speeches for university officials and compiled research for alumni publications. She also interned with the Department of State at the U.S. Consulate General in Calgary, Alberta.

Michael Nirenberg
Research and Policy Analyst

Michael Nirenberg is a Research and Policy Analyst for the STEM Education Coalition. Nirenberg earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and minors in North American history and philosophy from McGill University in Montréal, Québec. Prior to joining the Coalition, he interned at Green Apple Accreditation of Children’s Services in Davie, Florida, where he focused on crafting political development strategies for increasing state-by-state expansion for accreditation certification and presenting funding requests to state governments.