Gerald R. Solomon has served as the Executive Director of the Samueli Foundation since 2008, overseeing their philanthropic activities, focused on STEM Education, Youth, Integrative Health and Jewish Leadership. He led the design and development of the OC STEM Initiative, the nation’s first STEM Ecosystem, which has served as the model for the development of STEM Ecosystems in 37 cities around the country. Solomon serves as co-chair of the STEM Funders Network, a collaboration of 26 foundations focused on STEM education. He also serves as co-chair of the STEM Learning Ecosystem Initiative. This initiative has received national attention and support from such organizations as OSTP in the White House, DOE, CNCS, CGI, NSTA and ASTC to name a few. Solomon also serves on the board of the CDE Foundation, on both the Dean’s Advisory Councils for the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, and the UCI Samueli School of Engineering, as well as the UCI School of Education.