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Chris Roe

California STEM Learning Network

Christopher Roe is the Chief Executive Officer of the California STEM Learning Network in charge of overseeing the creation of strategic relationships and collaborating with regional, state and national partners to establish a network that will rapidly scale innovative STEM teaching and learning across K-14 education.

Prior to joining CSLNet, Roe served as the Deputy Director for the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF), a membership organization comprised of corporate CEOs and senior executives, college and university presidents, and foundation leaders working together to advance innovative solutions to the nation's most significant education challenges.

While at BHEF Roe provided leadership for its STEM initiative, which has as its goal doubling the number of STEM graduates nationally. Roe helped elevate the national dialogue on and support for STEM education, and worked with members of Congress, governors and the business community to increase support for STEM teaching and learning. In addition, he helped launch the STEM Research and Modeling Network in partnership with Raytheon Company and The Ohio State University's Battelle Center, an open innovation network devoted to developing cutting edge tools to advance STEM education.

Roe previously was managing director of the Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research and the National Center for Postsecondary Improvement, based at Stanford University.

Roe is also co-founder of Pacific Educational Group, based in San Francisco, CA, and the Foundation for a College Education (FCE) located in East Palo Alto, CA, an award-winning non-profit organization that assists students of color and their families in attaining a college education.

Roe has also served as a Senior Program Officer for the Academy for Educational Development, in Washington, DC, and as a member of the FCE Board of Directors and Advisory Board. Roe has authored or contributed to a number of reports on issues of state and federal higher education policy, including BHEF: "An American Imperative: Transforming the Recruitment, Retention, and Renewal of Our Nation's Mathematics and Science Teaching Workforce" by the Business-Higher Education Forum and the chapter "New Models of Leadership and Collaboration to Improve Science Education: The Role of Business" in Science Education Leadership by NSTA Press.