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.
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Director, Policy Initiatives
Austin Hall is Director of Policy Initiatives, focusing on government relations, research, and member advocacy initiatives for the coalition. Hall has previous experience working on issues surrounding the federal government research and STEM education portfolio; computer science education; STEM Education in Higher Education; informal STEM learning; and career and technical education. Hall has also interned in the Washington D.C. office of Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and was elected to serve as 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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Michelle Collins is the current Manager of Operations for the Coalition. Prior to joining us, Michelle held many Operations roles in the private sector and with the United States Air Force, where she was an Education and Training Manager and Special Event Coordinator/Manager.
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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.
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.