Who We Are
The California STEM Network Staff
Executive Director of the California STEM Network
Vincent Stewart serves as the Executive Director of the STEM Network, a project of Children Now and a coalition of business, government, community, and education partners committed to expanding Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) opportunities for all children in California. For nearly two decades, Mr. Stewart has been an advocate for public education, K-12 through post-secondary, and was appointed by both Governors Brown and Schwarzenegger to senior education policy positions.
Prior to joining Children Now, Mr. Stewart was the Vice Chancellor for External Relations for the California Community Colleges, the nation’s largest system of higher education. He managed both state and federal governmental relations, as well as strategic partnerships with philanthropic organizations.
Mr. Stewart came to the Chancellor’s Office from The James Irvine Foundation, where he served as a Senior Program Officer with the Youth Program and managed a grant portfolio in excess of $13 million that was focused on the alignment of secondary and postsecondary education and preparing all students for both college and careers. Mr. Stewart spent more than a decade advocating for the University of California, serving as Associate Director of Institutional Relations with the Office of the President, Director of Federal Government Relations for the UC Davis campus, and as a legislative advocate with the university’s system-wide office of State Governmental Relations. Mr. Stewart began his career in public education as a state and federal government relations representative for the California School Boards Association.
Mr. Stewart is a graduate of UC Davis, where he earned a baccalaureate degree with a double major in economics and political science. He lives in Oakland with his wife and two daughters.
Communications and Outreach Assistant
Ms. Brown provides support focused on communications and outreach efforts to several senior staff including the Vice President of Development and Communications, the Executive Director of the STEM network, the Managing Director of Early Childhood and the Managing Director of Early Childhood Project Integration.
Prior to joining Children Now, Ms. Brown spent two years in Hunan, China teaching high school English as a volunteer teacher with WorldTeach. She also spent four years working in the offices of former Democratic Leader Harry Reid and former Senator Jim Webb serving in both legislative and administrative roles. Ms. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Policy from Virginia Tech.
Stephen Blake has been involved in public education and governmental reform in California for twenty-five years. Stephen currently serves as Senior Advisor to Children Now, where he focuses on STEM education, accountability, and key reforms impacting public education; and as principal of Stephen G. Blake and Associates, which provides policy, fiscal, and development consultation to non-profit, governmental, and private entities, including Pivot Learning Partners, Fuse Corps, and New America Foundation.
Previously, Stephen served as Executive Director of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Governor’s Committee on Education Excellence, whose recommendations have served as the foundation for efforts to enhance financial flexibility, promote equity, strengthen teacher effectiveness, expand early education, and improve our data and accountability systems; and as Chief Consultant to the Legislature’s Joint Committee to Develop a Master Plan for Education, which produced a first-in-the-nation blueprint for all levels of education. He preceded those efforts with eleven years of advocacy and system policy development for the California State University, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the State Board of Education, and he was a member of the leadership team for the California Education Summit conducted by Assembly Speaker Willie L. Brown, Jr.. Mr. Blake earned his baccalaureate degree in philosophy from Princeton University in 1986.
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