MATT SCHAFF is President and Lead Developer of Sci-Inspire. Having volunteered for years as part of Pitt Science Outreach while in college, he pitched the idea of a social network for science outreach to the Foundation for Biomedical Research in Washington, DC. FBR hired Matt to develop his idea as the Manager of Science Outreach and Education in 2013, and he taught himself web development to build the Sci-Inspire social network. ln 2015, Matt founded and incorporated Sci-Inspire as its own 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Currently the Lead Developer of Science News for Students at the Society for Science and the Public, Matt won the Barry Goldwater Scholarship in 2012 for his research into the neurobiology of nicotine and in 2013 graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with degrees in Neuroscience and Economics.
EMILY FORD is the Executive Director of Sci-Inspire. Emily has led development of the New York City bases of educators and volunteers for Sci-Inspire, helping to create a Sci-Inspire student organization at Columbia, coordinating educational services, and providing crucial perspective on business strategy. To Sci-Inspire, Emily brings 15 years of experience developing, managing, and evaluating youth programs in urban and international education. Emily currently works as the Director of Outreach Programs at Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. She has an MBA from Columbia Business School, an MEd from Teachers College, an MA from Humboldt University of Berlin, and a BA from Columbia University.
SAM JOHNSON is the Managing Director of Sci-Inspire. Having established the GW Sci-Inspire pilot program at the George Washington University in 2016, Sam leads corporate expansion and business development by expanding pilot team outreach, recruiting and pulling in outside resources, and leveraging connections among the Board of Directors. Sam graduated GW in the Spring of 2016 with a BS in Biological Anthropology, after spending the bulk of his undergraduate studies involved in scientific research. Sam continues his research at the GW hard tissue research lab, where he is revealing both a more organic and automated way to evaluate how stress is distributed across bone tissue throughout primate development and at GW Hosptial, where he is a clinical research assistant.
ALEXANDRA KRALICK is the DC Educator Manager of Sci-Inspire. As a former high school science teacher in Prince George’s County Maryland, she leads educational strategy for the organization, coordinating between GW, administrators and DC-area schools to develop relationships as well as provide curriculum insight. Alexandra organizes, develops and runs field trips at the C&O Canal National Historical Park. She graduated in 2014 from GW where as a Biological Anthropology major, she led two research projects concerning gorilla development and morphology.