Board of Directors

 
 
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Nancy Conrad

Founding chairman

A former teacher, Nancy has become a recognized leader in transformative education and named one of the top 100 leaders in STEM education, serving as a featured speaker at national and international conferences. Her presentations include TED Long Beach, the Legatum Institute at MIT, and, at the invitation of HM King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz, she spoke at the Global Competiveness Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She also presented at the Global Diversity Leadership Conference at Harvard University and the National Modeling and Simulation Coalition conference in Washington, D.C. Nancy has also testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology detailing how the Conrad Foundation exemplifies the use of partnership and mentorship to improve STEM education.

 
 
 
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Jack Griem

President of the Board

Jack is a partner at Carter, Ledyard & Milburn LLP. He is co-Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department and also leads the firm’s Cybersecurity and Privacy practice.  He specializes in intellectual property litigation, particularly patent litigation, as well as trade secret protection, license and technology agreements, strategic portfolio development, and intellectual property issues arising in corporate and finance transactions. In leading the cybersecurity practice at the firm, Mr. Griem coordinates a cross-functional group of attorneys at the firm to provide clients with advice on developing, strengthening, testing, and enforcing their information protection policies and procedures, and represent them in related disputes and litigation.  He has also served as a Special Professor of Law at his alma mater, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, where he taught “Biotechnology and the Law.”

 
 
 
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Joe Rothenberg

Treasurer

Joe is an independent consultant, who most recently worked as Director at Google Skybox Engineering and Operations. He spent 8 years with NASA, holding positions including Associate Administrator for Space Flight and Director of the Goddard Space Flight Center. He is widely recognized for leading the first servicing mission for the Hubble Space Telescope that corrected the telescope’s flawed optics. Prior to NASA, he spent 17 years with Grumman Aerospace. Joe is a lifetime Associate Member of the National Research Council, and was inducted into the Aviation Week and Space Technology Laureates Hall of Fame in 1997. He currently serves on a number of NASA and NOAA review committees, as well as corporate boards.

 
 
 

Craig Gelfound

Craig is a partner and head of Arent Fox's Intellectual Property Group in Los Angeles, where he leads more than 30 intellectual property attorneys and legal professionals. Under Craig's leadership, the Intellectual Property Group was ranked nationally by Chambers USA in 2013 and recognized as the best in the country for client service. Additionally, Craig has been recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the Top 25 Intellectual Property attorneys in California. Craig has also been recognized as an Intellectual Property "Super Lawyer" by California Super Lawyer Magazine and selected to appear in the second edition of IP Stars from Managing IP (MIP) Magazine.

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Ron Gross

Ron is President and COO at G. Holdings LLC, a New York-based real estate owner, developer and management company. During his tenure, he has been involved in all aspects of several large real estate developments in New York, Philadelphia and in Europe with a current total value of more than $1 billion. Ron is also co-founder and President of The Gross Family Foundation, Inc., which has raised and donated more than $1 million over the years to a variety of local, national and international causes targeting those in need. Through the Foundation, Ron has become personally involved with prominent nonprofit organizations including Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, Saint Barnabas Health Care System, Big Apple Circus – Clown Care and others.

 
 
 

Akhil Jariwala

Akhil is the business development manager at ChargePoint, a fast-growing start-up in the San Francisco Bay Area that provides electric vehicle charging solutions to businesses. Prior to ChargePoint, he spent 5 years in the clean tech and consumer mobile app spaces. Akhil is an alumnus from the 2010 Conrad Challenge, where his finalist team from the North Carolina School of Science and Math designed a latticed pod system that generated electricity from wave energy using internally-housed piezoelectric ceramics.

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Regina B. Schofield

Regina’s professional career has included key roles in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. She is currently the Director of Corporate Engagement and Education Outreach for Battelle, where she advances innovative efforts to create tomorrow’s workforce by leading STEM education outreach and directing all regional philanthropy engagements. She was previously nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as Assistant Attorney General (AAG) for the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she served as the nation’s AMBER Alert Coordinator and oversaw a range of federal programs. Regina is also a recent recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and currently serves on the boards of the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, Children’s Science Center, the National Law Enforcement Museum Leadership Council, the National Center for the Prevention of Community Violence (aka Solve Violence) and is a corporate officer of the Battelle Education board. She received her M.B.A. from Jackson State University and her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mississippi College. In 2014, she was honored to receive the Alumni of the Year award from Mississippi College’s School of Business.