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Innovation, Research, & Curriculum

Emily McLeod, Director of Innovation, Resarch, and Curriculum

In her current role at Techbridge Girls, Emily designs and manages the development and implementation of high-quality informal hands-on STEM programming, oversees the structure and delivery of internal and external professional development, and manages relationships with research and evaluation partners.

Emily is an educational program designer with 15+ years of experience, specializing in STEM in informal settings, Making, and connections to careers, with a focus on equity. Prior to working at Techbridge Girls, Emily was a curriculum designer at Education Development Center. She received a Bachelor's degree from The Evergreen State College, and has a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from San Francisco State University.

Tania Tauer, Senior Program Manager for Professional Development

Tania Tauer is deeply committed to applying her engineering, research, and teaching background to develop and implement high-quality STEM programs. Having personally navigated the STEM education pipeline, Tania has experienced ways that girls and women are intentionally and unintentionally excluded from STEM spaces. She therefore strives to create more equitable spaces for girls by knocking down barriers that limit girls’ pursuits of STEM fields. As the Senior Program Manager for Professional Development, Tania develops strategies and resources to teach educators, trainers, and role models about how to develop and support girls’ interest in STEM.

Prior to this position, Tania managed and facilitated Techbridge Girls programs at the elementary and middle school levels. She also worked as a Senior Curriculum Developer at Engineering is Elementary, where she developed engineering curricula out-of-school time programs. Tania holds a B.S. in Engineering Science from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. Outside of work, Tania loves to explore the mountains around the Pacific Northwest by climbing up them and skiing down them!