Meeting Archive:
Teleconference for Grantmakers on the White House Maker Faire

Meeting Description:

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy invites education grantmakers to attend a nationwide conference call on Friday, May 30, 1:00-1:45pm EST to begin a discussion on how to maximize  the first-ever White House Maker Faire for the benefit of citizens and communities around the country. The White House Maker Faire will highlight makers young and old who are capitalizing on increasingly low cost and ever more democratized tools and technologies to expand the boundaries of American innovation, informal STEM learning, advanced manufacturing, entrepreneurship, and local economic development.

Since announcing the event, The White House's Office of Science and Technology has been working closely with cities, universities, libraries and museums, private sector stakeholders, foundations, federal agencies, and other partners on both identifying makers to showcase and announcing commitments at the event. During the call you will hear from Executive Director of The Grable Foundation, Gregg Behr, on his organization’s investment in this effort and from event lead Kumar Garg, Assistant Director for Learning and Innovation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. 

This call is being conducted in partnership with Grantmakers for Education and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers.

Date: Fri, May 30, 2014
Time: 01:00 PM EDT
Duration: 45 minutes
Host(s): Mary O'Neill
 Presenter Information
Gregg Behr, Executive Director of The Grable Foundation
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In his eighth year as executive director of the Grable Foundation, Gregg Behr manages a grantmaking portfolio advancing high-quality early childhood education, improved teaching and learning in public schools, and robust out-of-school time support. Nationally, Mr. Behr is a trustee for Grantmakers for Education and; he is also a trustee and former board chair of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. In Pittsburgh, he is a trustee for A+ Schools and the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership. In 2012, he received an honorary doctorate from Saint Vincent College for his work on behalf of children and youth.

Kumar Garg, Assistant Director for Learning and Innovation, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
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Kumar Garg is the Assistant Director for Learning and Innovation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy focusing on education and broader innovation policy. In particular, Kumar leads President Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign to improve science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM). As part of Educate to Innovate, which already has secured over $700 million in private sector commitments, Mr. Garg works with a broad range of industry, foundations, philanthropists, states, non-profits, professional societies, and federal agencies to build on the President’s call to action.
Prior to his time in government, Kumar worked on behalf of parents and children seeking educational reform as an education lawyer and advocate. He served as a Supervising Clinical Lecturer at Yale Law School, supervising students in complex litigation in education. Kumar received a B.A. from Dartmouth College in political science and a law degree from Yale Law School.