Board of Directors
Shirley M. Malcom, Ph.D., Acting Chairman
Head, Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Dr. Shirley Malcom directs Education and Human Resources of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). This includes programs in education, activities for underrepresented groups, and public understanding of science and technology. In addition to Digital Promise, Dr. Malcom serves on the boards of the Heinz Endowments and Public Agenda. She is a Regent of Morgan State University and a trustee of Caltech.
Dr. Malcom has chaired several national committees addressing education reform and access to scientific and technical education, careers and literacy. She is a fellow of AAAS and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; served on the National Science Board, the policymaking body of the National Science Foundation (1994 to 1998) and on the President’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (1994-2001). Dr. Malcom received her Ph.D. in ecology from Penn State; masters in zoology from UCLA; and B.S. with distinction in zoology from the University of Washington. She holds 16 honorary degrees. In 2003 Dr. Malcom received the Public Welfare Medal of the National Academy of Sciences, the highest award given by the Academy.
Executive Director & CEO, Kentucky Educational Television
Shae Hopkins is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of KET, Kentucky Educational Television, the only statewide broadcast and multimedia network in Kentucky. KET is a national leader in local content and educational resource production, including early childhood, K-12, teacher professional development, adult education and literacy. A 28-year veteran of KET, Ms. Hopkins has been recognized with various industry awards including the National Advocacy Award from the Association of Public Television Stations. She serves on the PBS Board of Directors and is the current chair of the National Educational Telecommunications Association. Ms. Hopkins also serves on the Organization of State Broadcast Executives Board, Governor’s Post-Secondary Education Nominating Commission (Kentucky), and the University of Kentucky College of Communications and Information Studies National Advisory Board.
CEO & President, Arbola, Inc.
Vince Juaristi is CEO, President, and Founder of ARBOLA, an information technology and management consulting firm headquartered in Alexandria, Va. Prior to founding ARBOLA, Mr. Juaristi accepted appointment from the U.S. State Department serving one year in Afghanistan to develop the Afghan Justice Centers at the U.S. Bagram Military Base in Parwan and Kandihar, a program intended to advance a free and fair justice system for the Afghan people. For 10 years before, he served as Executive Vice President at VIP Consulting, helping to build a small firm into a highly competitive federal IT company in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area with nearly a thousand employees. Mr. Juaristi also received Presidential appointment to the Board of Directors for the Corporation for National and Community Service, serving as vice chairman. He has founded or served on the board of many non-profits including the Juaristi Scholarship Program, which helps kids go to college.
President, University of the District of Columbia
Ron Mason has served as the president of the University of the District of Columbia since July 2015. His reputation for strong leadership and responsible governance is bolstered by more than 30 years of experience in the higher education, community development, and legal fields. Previously, Mr. Mason served as president of the Southern University and A&M College System as well as president of Jackson State University. He also held a number of leadership roles over an 18-year period at Tulane University, and served as the founder and executive director of the National Center for the Urban Community at Tulane and Xavier Universities. Mason received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Columbia University. He attended the Harvard Institute of Educational Management and is the recipient of the Mayor’s Medal of Honor from the City of New Orleans, the Martin Luther King Lifetime Achievement Award from Dillard, Loyola, Tulane, and Xavier universities, and was one of five recipients of Columbia University’s 2008 John Jay Award for distinguished alumni.
Former Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Administration, The Boeing Company
Rick Stephens retired after 33 years at The Boeing Company as senior vice president for Human Resources and Administration and is co-founder of Birth2Work. During his career at Boeing, Mr. Stephens led a number of businesses with operations across the US and overseas. He has supported the National Governors Association, served on the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council, the Secretary of Education’s Commission on the Future of Higher Education, the US President’s Board of Advisors on Tribal Colleges and Universities, and the National Science Resource Center Advisory Board. Mr. Stephens has published numerous articles on workforce, education and STEM, and is co-author of the book “The System, Igniting the Soul of Commerce”. A former U.S. Marine Corps officer, Mr. Stephens is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and is an enrolled member of the Pala Band of Mission Indians serving as tribal chairman from 1988 to 1989.
The initial Board of Directors was selected by the Secretary of the Office of Education pursuant to Digital Promise’s enabling Statute. New Board members will be selected by the Board which will seek to maintain a Board of Directors that takes into consideration: various geographic regions of the Country, various professions and occupations and the talent and experiences appropriate to such a position.