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Lisa Hunter

UC WEPOC Board representative / ISEE

Lisa Hunter is the Director of ISEE, which she started when she was the Education Director at the National Science Foundation Center for Adaptive Optics. She has worked in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce development for twenty years, including in Hawaii to prepare local college students for careers at observatories and related industry. Lisa developed and directs the Akamai Internship Program, which has retained more than 85% of participants, including students from underrepresented groups, in the STEM pipeline. She also works on the professional development of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, and has led a program that began in 2001 and has expanded to include chapters across the U.S. Lisa’s work includes research and practice focused on issues spanning higher education to workforce entry, with an emphasis on equity and inclusion in STEM. She works closely with scientists and engineers to increase access and opportunities through effective education, mentoring, and building partnerships that bridge academia, industry, government, and community organizations, both nationally and internationally. Lisa has published a volume of 45 papers on inquiry teaching and learning, and serves on a number of national committees. She has been on the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) Workforce and Diversity Committee since 2013, and was Chairperson of the committee from 2015-17.