Patti Curtis is the Robert Noyce/Ellen Lettvin Informal STEM Education Fellow serving in the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Education (ED). She is involved in ED STEM programs, supports several Inter-Agency Working Groups (Inclusion in STEM, Convergence and Strategic Partnerships), the external STEM Advisory Panel, and 21st Century Community Learning Center STEM programs. Curtis produces a monthly STEM newsletter and hosts monthly STEM briefings at the Department that are streamed live and archived at www.ed.gov/STEM.
Previously, Curtis served as the Director of the Washington, D.C. Office of the Museum of Science and the National Center for Technological Literacy, where she focused on advancing formal and out of school PK-12 engineering education across the nation by advocating for federal and state policies and programs.
Curtis also served on the U.S House of Representatives Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Caucus Steering Committee, the Association of Science and Technology Centers Public Policy Committee and the Title IV, Part A Coalition Steering Committee. She also served on the Purdue INSPIRE K-12 Engineering Outreach External Advisory Panel, and the Triangle Coalition Board.
Previously, she was a government relations representative for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and served as a leader of the STEM Education Coalition. She was the director of government relations for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and a legislative analyst for the Transportation Institute.
Curtis received her B.A. in Political Science and her M.P.A. at the University of South Carolina and worked for the South Carolina state legislature and the state Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. She studied political affairs at George Washington University and enjoys travel and watercolor painting.
She can be reached at Patti.Curtis@ed.gov Follow @PCurtis4STEM