President and CEO of Innovate+ Educate
Innovate+Educate is national non-profit formed in 2009 in partnership with Intel and Lockheed Martin Corporation. Blivin approached the companies to form the organization, believing that industry alignment for STEM and workforce development was critical to solve the issues the U.S. faces to develop an innovation economy. Since that time, Innovate+Educate has become a leading voice across States for industry alignment to advance STEM education and workforce development across the States.
Jamai has consulted and worked extensively with State programs, IT Companies, Higher Ed Institutions, and K-12 Systems to promote STEM education and industry partnerships in STEM. Blivin spent 17 years in the investment banking field before retiring to pursue her passion for education and industry partnerships. After teaching middle school in Little Rock, Arkansas and Durham, North Carolina (2000-2005) Blivin assumed the position as Education Foundation Director at the North Carolina Technology Association in Raleigh, NC and led the education efforts statewide to advance STEM education with industry partners. She returned to the Southwest in 2008 (she grew up in El Paso and then Santa Fe) to take a position at NMSU under the New Mexico Learning Network, serving as Outreach Director before launching Innovate+Educate.
Jamai is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and educational conferences sharing her passion and vision for meaningful industry partnerships to advance STEM and workforce development at the State level. In 2010, Innovate+ Educate was nominated for and received the New Mexico Business Weekly’s “Small Business Heavyweights” award for their success in developing the first public-private partnership in New Mexico to advance STEM and workforce (the NM STEM Network).
Jamai holds a BSBA and MBA in Finance from the University of Arkansas. She resides with her husband and children in Santa Fe, New Mexico.