The STEM Education Coalition’s mission is to raise awareness amongst policymakers at every level about the critical role that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education plays in enabling the U.S. to remain the economic and technological leader of the global marketplace of the 21st century. The Coalition believes that our nation must improve the way our students learn STEM and that the business, education, and STEM communities must work together to achieve this goal.

The Coalition is 501c4 non-profit organization.

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Board of Directors

Todd Mann
Board Member, Chair
Executive Director
National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools

Thomas Phillips
Senior Congressional Affairs Specialist

Dr. Anita Krishnamurthi
President, Collective for Youth Empowerment in STEM & Society (CYESS)
Afterschool Alliance

Stewart Barber
Director of Government Affairs
Semiconductor Industry Association

Tyler Kloefkorn
Associate Director, Office of Government Relations
American Mathematic Society

Dr. Erika Shugart
Executive Director
National Science Teaching Association

Anthony Pitagno
Director of Global Government Affairs
American Chemical Society

Karen Horting
Board Member
Chief Executive Officer
Society of Women Engineers

Allyson Knox
Senior Director of Education Policy and Programs

Ken Krehbiel
Executive Director
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics


Our Team

James Brown
Executive Director, jfbrown@stemedcoalition.org

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.

Austin Hall
Director of Policy, ahall@stemedcoalition.org 

Austin Hall is Director of Policy, focusing on government relations, research, and member advocacy initiatives for the coalition.

Austin is well versed in the federal legislative process to authorize and fund federal programs related to education and scientific research funding, sustainable economic and workforce development programming, and community project funding initiatives in appropriations.

Austin actively coordinates with stakeholders on the successful pursuit of federal funding, specializing in CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 programs, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act programs and targeted congressionally directed spending initiatives within the appropriations process. Austin's experience spans the federal government research and STEM education portfolio; computer science education; higher education pathways in STEM; informal STEM learning; workforce development; and career and technical education.

In addition to federal policy, Austin supports STEM education stakeholders’ multistate policy approaches, advising on strategic legislative initiatives, stakeholder coordination efforts and policymaker outreach in state capitals across the country. 

Austin previously served in the Washington D.C. office of Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and is a graduate from the University North Texas.

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