Elizabeth Vandenburg has worked in the field of STEM educational outreach and advocacy since 1994. Her passion and professional focus is inclusion and equity for women and girls. Her career has taken her from managing environmental educational programs for the national League of Women Voters to producing a video, “Tech Savvy Girls,” through a partnership she created with the 11th largest school system in the country, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), the Fairfax County Office for Women and the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Watched by millions of viewers nationwide who subscribe to FCPS programming, the National Science Foundation (NSF) requested a proposal and funded even larger dissemination in both English and Spanish.
Vandenburg is the co-lead of the Mid-Atlantic Girls Collaborative (MAGiC), a National Science Foundation funded project charged with promoting STEM equity. In that position, she has built a strong leadership team and champions board and oversees mini-grant funding for local grassroots projects.
She is also the Outreach Director for Girls Excelling in Math and Science (GEMS) Club initiative formed in 1994, which has grown from one club in Fairfax County Public Schools to more than 35 across Northern Virginia and more nationally. GEMS was recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative and recently expanded its reach into middle schools.
Vandenburg also serves on the AAUW national STEM task force and is the director of evEnterprises, a STEM equity consulting firm.