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David Gira

Jeff Weld directs Iowa’s widely acclaimed statewide STEM education program on behalf of the governor. A decorated college professor, scholar, and former high school teacher, Jeff frequently writes for, speaks to, and strategizes with groups aspiring to unleash the transformative power of STEM education at the national, state, and local levels. In late 2017, he accepted a White House invitation to join the Executive Office of the President as senior policy advisor for STEM education in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. In defiance of the natural order of federal policymaking, it took him just twelve months to fulfill a promise to lead the production of America’s Strategy for STEM Education, a nonpartisan five-year plan to guide federal agencies and to rally the nation around STEM education.

Returning to the helm at Iowa’s STEM program in 2019, Jeff continued to serve the Office of Science and Technology Policy part-time for nine more months, helping to develop federal strategies that translate lofty STEM policies into practical, measurable and impactful federal agency programs. He takes the reader along behind the scenes and between the lines on a twenty-one-month adventure imbued with personal and policy intrigue, illuminating the shadows of American education policy-setting.

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