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Tonya Matthews

Tonya Matthews

President and CEO, Michigan Science Center

North America

Dr. Tonya Matthews serves as president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center, a hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning center. Her diverse background includes academic and professional work as a scientist, educator, community volunteer, and award-winning writer/poet.

Matthews, the inaugural CEO of the Michigan Science Center, has grown the center’s impact to serving students and families across 49 counties, while continuing to focus on communities and schools of Detroit. Powered by her passionate leadership for diversity in STEM, the center launched The STEMinista Project, an initiative to inspire interest of middle school girls in STEM. MiSci is a hub and host of critical conversations in STEM, including hosting the release of the first-ever national report card on Technology and Engineering Literacy.

In 2014, Matthews was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Education to serve on the National Assessment Governing Board to help guide The Nation’s Report Card. She is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Science Education and serves as a board member of TechTown and Detroit Public Television. She has been honored as a Michigan Chronicle Woman of Achievement and as one of Crain’s 100 Most Influential Women in Michigan.

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