The Gateways East Bay STEM Network is a collaborative effort of many partners working together to achieve a collective impact. Network operations are facilitated by CSU East Bay’s Institute for STEM Education.


Action Group Facilitators

Early STEM Learning

  • Ruth Fernandez, Manager, Contra Costa County Local Planning Council for Child Care and Development
  • Julie M. Nicholson, Director, Leadership Program in Early Childhood, Mills College
  • Debbie Supple, Director, Region 4, California Preschool Instructional Network

STEM in Out-of-School Time

  • Jackie Shonerd, Region IV After School Specialist, Alameda County Office of Education

STEM Professional Learning Communities

  • Hilary Haugen Dito, STEAM Coordinator, Contra Costa County Office of Education

College and Career Pathways

  • Pam Comfort, Associate Superintendent, Contra Costa County Office of Education
  • April Treece, Director, STEM Workforce Initiative, Contra Costa Economic Partnership
  • Julie Sinai, Director, Community Relations, University of California, Berkeley