The Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem is one of ninety four national and international STEM Ecosystems, supported by the STEM Funders Network and based on a collective impact model. It encompasses the rich environment of STEM programming, education, and opportunities throughout Philadelphia.
The Ecosystem is comprised of over 600 members, four Ecosystem workgroups, a Steering Committee, and the Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective; all possible by the support of its backbone organization: the Philadelphia Education Fund.
The Philadelphia Education Fund, our backbone organization, facilitates communication and connections among Ecosystem members, and ensures the continuance of the local Ecosystem movement.
Ecosystem Members are stakeholders actively engaged in local STEM education efforts. They are part of a diverse and dynamic spectrum of individuals and organizations: schools and school districts, intermediaries and community-based groups, museums and environmental centers, colleges and universities, government agencies, and businesses and corporations.
There are no fees or obligations to become a STEM Ecosystem member, Members can simply be recipients of emails and announcements, or they can participate in meetings, and in online discussions or be part of an
Ecosystem Workgroup or an Equity Collective Workgroup.
The Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective:
In 2020, the Philadelphia Education Fund (PEF) was selected to launch a major initiative within the Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem; a partnership between Glaxo Smith-Kline (GSK) and PEF - the Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective. Its goal is to cultivate STEM equity, access, and inclusion in STEM career pathways for Philadelphia students who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM occupations. Learn more HERE.
Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem Steering Committee:
A group representing varied sectors of Philadelphia that cultivate and direct synergy between the Ecosystem goals, objectives, activities, and workgroups. They are:
Nancy Peter, McKinney Center for STEM Education, Philadelphia Education Fund
Betsy Payne, Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem, Philadelphia Education Fund
Charity Lisko, TKTK Program
Jeffrey Popyack, Drexel University
KD Davenport, School District of Philadelphia
Marilyn Torres, Academy of Natural Sciences
Phillip Brooks, University City Science Center
Salvatore Sandone, Zhang Sah Martial Arts
Victor Donnay, Philadelphia Regional Noyce Partnership