The DC STEM Summit is excited to announce Maya Ajmera as the keynote speaker for the 3rd Annual DC STEM Summit! The Summit will bring together together education, industry, policy, and community leaders to excite, inspire, and commit to increasing access to STEM learning opportunities in the District. Attendees will explore the STEM landscape in DC, learn local and national best practices, and network with other STEM education partners. Register for the DC STEM Summit online!
Maya Ajmera holds an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College and a M.P.P. from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. She is the acting President and CEO of Society for Science & the Public (the Society) and Publisher of its award-winning magazine, Science News. Founded in 1921, the Society works to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement. It is best known for its world-class science competitions, including the Regeneron Science Talent Search, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and Broadcom MASTERS.
Maya has helped to transform the nearly 100-year-old Society into a dynamic, entrepreneurial organization. During her second year as President and CEO, Maya spearheaded a $100 million, 10-year sponsorship for the Science Talent Search with Regeneron. She has also founded a new series of outreach and equity programs to reach more underserved STEM students in the United States with an $11 million investment.
In 1993, Maya founded The Global Fund for Children (GFC), a nonprofit organization that invests in innovative, community-based organizations working with some of the world’s most vulnerable children and youth. Under Maya’s 18 years of leadership, GFC grew from a vision into one of the largest networks of grassroots organizations working on behalf of vulnerable children. Maya is also an award-winning children’s book author of more than 20 titles, including Every Breath We Take, Children from Australia to Zimbabwe, and To Be a Kid, with more than 5 million readers worldwide.
Maya is a recipient of numerous leadership awards, including the 2011 Henry Crown Fellowship at the Aspen Institute, the Echoing Green Fellowship, the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations, and the Rotary International Graduate Fellowship. She is sought out nationally and internationally to address audiences on STEM education, local and global philanthropy, global children’s rights, international development, and social entrepreneurship. Her work and life story have been profiled by such media outlets as CNN, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Financial Times, NPR, and more.
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