Gerald R. Solomon
Gerald R. Solomon has served as the Executive Director of the Samueli Foundation since 2008, overseeing philanthropic activities focused on STEM Education, Youth, Integrative Health, and Jewish Leadership. He led the design and development of the North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF), the nation’s first ever STEM and esports initiative, whose mission is to provide opportunities for ALL students to use esports as a platform to acquire critical communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills needed to thrive in work and in life. Taking STEM to the next level of innovation, NASEF is based upon a fully credentialed State of California approved 4-year high school curriculum. In 8 short months, NASEF is now in 26 states with over 5,000 students connecting esports play with learning and STEM education. In addition, he oversaw the formation and establishment of the OC STEM Initiative, the nation’s first STEM Ecosystem, which has served as the model for development of STEM Ecosystems in 85 cities across the globe.