A national leader and expert in STEM learning, Ron Ottinger is known
for his expertise in informal and out-of-school time STEM education
and in building collaborations among schools, science centers,
communities and afterschool programs that increase STEM learning
opportunities for young people. Ron is Executive Director of STEM
Next and serves as co-chair of the national STEM Funders Network.
Additionally, Ron is the co-chair for the National STEM Learning
Ecosystem Initiative. As the Executive Editor of STEM Ready
America, Ron convened the nation’s leading STEM experts presenting
bold and persuasive evidence—as well as real-world examples of
effective practices, programs, and partnerships on how science,
technology, engineering and mathematics knowledge and skills are
preparing young people to be successful in school today and the
workforce tomorrow. For the past nine years, he led the Noyce
Foundation which for a quarter-century was dedicated to helping
young people become curious, thoughtful, and engaged learners.
Prior to joining Noyce, Ron served for fourteen years as National
Associate Director of the non-profit AVID Center. He was elected to
three terms on the San Diego City Schools’ Board of Education from
1992-2004, during a period of major reform of the school system, and
was the longest running board president.