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Utah STEM Action Center Establishes Foundation and Appoints Director

May 05 2016 - 12:49 pm

News Release
For Immediate Release
May 5, 2016

Kaitlin Felsted, Marketing Communications Specialist
STEM Action Center

Utah STEM Action Center Establishes Foundation and Appoints Director
Foundation created to support, align with STEM Action Center to connect industry with students

SALT LAKE CITY—Under direction from the Utah Legislature, the Utah STEM Action Center officially filed for the creation of the Utah STEM Foundation on May 5.

The Foundation will align with the Utah STEM Action Center’s mission and goals to promote science, technology, engineering and math through best practices in education. This will ensure connection with industry and secure Utah’s long-term economic prosperity.

“The creation of the Utah STEM Foundation allows the STEM Action Center to better serve Utah students and teachers through more productive relationships with Utah companies,” said Dr. Tamara Goetz, executive director of the Utah STEM Action Center. “It allows us to work more effectively with our Utah companies to leverage the wonderful investment that the legislators of Utah and the governor have made in the Utah STEM community.”

At the April 27 Utah STEM Action Center board meeting, Allison Spencer, former Foundation Director for Canyons School District, accepted the role as director of the Utah STEM Foundation.

Spencer has a wealth of knowledge and more than a decade of experience as a non-profit professional and consultant. As the previous foundation director for Canyons School District, she was responsible for the formation of a foundation board. Together they successfully raised awareness and funds for STEM related programs throughout the district.

Now in a statewide role, Spencer welcomes the opportunity to work closely with community leaders and local businesses to achieve the goals and objectives of the STEM Action Center.

“The Utah STEM Foundation has been created to enhance STEM funding and resource opportunities for teachers and students throughout our state,” Spencer said. “Our goal is to create sustainable programs to connect industry into the classroom, and increase workforce opportunities that will fuel our economy.”

For more information on how to partner or get involved with the Utah STEM Foundation, please call the Director Allison Spencer at 801-520-5235.


Utah STEM Foundation Director, Allison Spencer

About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Gov. Gary Herbert’s commitment to economic development statewide. Utah’s economic development vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business environment and tourist destination. The mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. GOED accomplishes this mission through the administration of programs that are based around targeted industries or “economic clusters” that demonstrate the best potential for development. GOED utilizes state resources and private sector contracts to fulfill its mission. For more information please contact: Aimee Edwards, 801-538-8811 or

About the STEM Action Center
The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Action Center works to develop Utah’s workforce of the future by prioritizing STEM education. The program drives research and implementation of STEM education best practices across Utah by coordinating STEM-related activities, creating and coordinating proven STEM education best practices, facilitating educator access to those tools, align public STEM education and higher STEM education activities.