Jessica L. SawkoAssociate Director, California STEM Network

    Jessica Sawko has 18 years of experience working for non-profits and associations in Sacramento. Prior to joining Children Now, Ms. Sawko served as the executive director of the California Science Teachers Association (CSTA), the largest professional association of science educators in California. She worked to position the association as a lead partner in California’s development, adoption, and implementation of the California Next Generation Science Standards and represented the organization on state policy and legislative issues including accountability, assessment, implementation funding, and credentialing. Known for her collaborative nature, Ms. Sawko worked diligently to establish strategic relationships with other organizations in order to advance the science education agenda at the state-level.

    Prior to moving to the Sacramento area, Ms. Sawko served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama where she worked with Panamanians and Peace Corps volunteers to facilitate the development of community strategic plans. Other projects during her service included helping start the first all-female soccer team in the community and organizing a community-wide clean-up in celebration of Earth Day.

    Ms. Sawko completed her B.A. in Economics at Hollins College.

    A native of Florida, Ms. Sawko now resides in Elk Grove with her husband and two children.