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Vince Stewart to Lead STEM Network at Children Now

June 27, 2016

OAKLAND, CA – Children Now President Ted Lempert announced today the hiring of Vincent W. Stewart to lead the organization’s STEM Network, a new project of Children Now (formerly California STEM Learning Network, or CSLNet). Stewart will oversee the development and advancement of a state and local policy agenda to ensure all California students receive a high-quality, rigorous STEM education. He will assume his new position on July 19, 2016.

“Vince has deep understanding of education public policies, a wide range of relationships with key stakeholders in the K-12 and higher education fields, and the proven ability to lead networks in advancing a public policy agenda,” Lempert said. “We are incredibly privileged to have Vince join Children Now and lead this project.”

“Children Now’s ability to bring together diverse voices on behalf of kids has resulted in several, recent significant public policy reforms,” Stewart said. “I look forward to joining Children Now and leading the STEM Network to advance policies that ensure all students, but especially those who are underserved and at-risk, have access to a quality STEM education that will enable them to reach their fullest potential.”

Vince joins the organization from the Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges where he was the vice chancellor of external relations. He is also a former senior program officer of The James Irvine Foundation, where he managed a grant portfolio in excess of $13 million focused on the implementation and expansion of Linked Learning, which seeks to connect challenging academics, rigorous career-technical education, real-world work experiences, and support services for all students but low-income students in particular.

Stewart also served as the associate director of institutional relations for the Office of the President of the University of California. He was the deputy secretary for higher education and workforce in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration. He previously served as director of federal government relations at UC-Davis and as the legislative director for undergraduate and graduate education for the Office of the President at the University of California. He was also a federal relations liaison and legislative advocate for the California School Boards Association.


About Children Now: Children Now is a nonpartisan umbrella research, policy development, and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting children's health, education and well-being in California. Children Now also leads The Children’s Movement of California, a grassroots network of more than 1,500 business, education, parent, civil rights, faith, and community-based organizations, as well as thousands of individuals, working together to make children a top priority in public policy. Learn more at

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