Leadership

Steve Vinter, Chair, MassCAN Advisory Board

Steve Vinter is an Executive Coach and Leadership Advisor at Google’s office in Kendall Square, Cambridge. Prior to this role, Steve served as the Cambridge Site and Engineering Director, overseeing the growth of the site from 15 software engineers to more than 1,000 since 2007. Steve began programming in high school, and received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Michigan. After working for a few years as a software engineer, he moved to Massachusetts to attend UMass Amherst, where he studied distributed systems just as the Internet was emerging; he ultimately earned both a master’s degree and a PhD. Steve has more than 20 years of industry experience, working at a wide array of companies including BBN, an R&D Lab; Software.com, a startup; Tufts University (as a lecturer); and Dun & Bradstreet Software, where he developed enterprise software. Steve is also a VP and Board member of the Kendall Square Association, a member of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Executive Committee, and a board member of the Community Charter School of Cambridge.

Steve has focused on building products and services for hundreds of millions of users of mobile and cloud computing and is a passionate advocate for improving the way we inspire and educate students about computer science.

Jim Stanton, Co-Founder and Executive Director

Jim Stanton served as Executive Director of MassCAN from March 2013 until retiring in August 2018. Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), where Jim was also a Senior Project Director, served as both MassCAN’s fiscal agent and the physical home for MassCAN.

As described elsewhere on this website, MassCAN had a number of major accomplishments:

  • Collaborating with many partners to organize, provide, or otherwise support professional development opportunities for more than 1,000 K–12 teachers
  • Collaborating with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to facilitate multi-sector panels on developing the 2016 Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DLCS) Curriculum Framework (standards) and teacher licensure for a DLCS 5–12 Teaching License
  • Initiating the PACE (Programming the Acceleration of Computing and Equity) Initiative with the Mass. Association of School Superintendents to promote district leadership in implementing computer science education statewide
  • Contributing to national leadership in computer science education through sharing knowledge and information in meetings and communications with leaders around the country

Prior to MassCAN, Jim founded and developed the widely acclaimed Leadership Initiatives for Teaching and Technology (LIFT²) program, which provided paid all-summer externships in a wide array of STEM industries to 150 middle and high school math and science teachers seeking to connect their courses to real-world applications.

Earlier in his career, Jim served as Executive Director of the Cambridge Civic Association, which recruited and provided year-round support to education reform candidates for the School Committee and City Council; consulted for the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service on the Boston school desegregation case; directed the Boston Citywide Parents Council under Judge W. Arthur Garrity’s Court Orders; and directed national education research projects on parent involvement in educational decision-making at the Institute for Responsive Education. He also worked in the private sector as treasurer, technology director, and later co-owner of an insurance agency.

Jim was a member of the 2008 Task Force that rewrote the Massachusetts K–12 Instructional Technology Standards; a member of Governor Deval Patrick’s Readiness Committee on Teacher Recruitment, Retention, and Quality; a member of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council; and a member of the Tech Hub Collaborative Talent Working Group. He also served on the Teachers21 Board of Directors.

Joyce Malyn-Smith

Joyce has been a key leader in organizing the MassCAN-EDC partnership. In 2013, Joyce wrote and won a highly competitive National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for $1 million. This grant launched a statewide professional development program for the Exploring Computer Science course, which trained 150 teachers over four years. Two years later, Joyce wrote and won another highly competitive NSF grant to collaborate with Mass. DESE and 12 school districts to develop 18 computer science curriculum modules to integrate into the state’s grades 1–5 math and science curricula. This grant also provided major funding for DESE’s first full-time Computer Science and STEM Integration Specialist. Joyce was a co-leader of the collaboration with DESE to develop the 2016 Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DLCS) Curriculum Framework. Additionally, Joyce led the effort to link EDC’s many computer science education projects with MassCAN’s work in a way that richly informed MassCAN’s efforts to expand opportunities for equitable K–12 computer science education in Massachusetts.

Tripp Jones, Strategy Consultant; Principal, 21c

Tripp has spent his career driving reform and innovation on social issues in the public and private sectors. He is currently Principal at 21c, a company he founded in 2014 to help social impact companies (nonprofit and for-profit), investors, and initiatives take advantage of distinctly 21st century approaches to developing sustainable and scalable business models and impacting the sectors in which they operate.

Prior to this, Tripp served as the co-managing director of New Profit, a national venture philanthropy firm focused on social mobility; he was a senior executive at The MENTOR Network, a for-profit, private equity-backed national health and social services company; he co-founded and was executive director of MassINC, an independent, nonpartisan think tank committed to promoting the growth and vitality of the middle class; and he was the publisher of the award-winning CommonWealth magazine. In the early 1990s, he was the staff director of the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Education, and he played a key role in developing and passing into law the state’s landmark Education Reform Act of 1993.