Jason Morrella, RAFT CEO
SAN JOSE, CA, September 24, 2019 – Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT), a non-profit organization and leading provider of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) based hands-on learning for 25 years headquartered in San Jose, is delighted to announce the appointment of Jason Morrella as its new CEO, effective September 23, 2019 after a nationwide search led by Carlson Beck, a leading nonprofit executive search firm.
Jason joins RAFT from Revolution Robotics Foundation, a STEM focused foundation that creates robotic kits, challenges, and competitions for kids, where he served as Executive Director. Prior to leading Revolution Robotics, Jason was the President for the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation where he spearheaded their overall growth from $1M to almost $10M in seven years by expanding STEAM programs and participation to over 18,000 teams in 40 countries. Jason is a former award-winning high school teacher in San Jose. He has successfully planned, developed, and launched global education and workforce development programs, including initiatives to promote the inclusion and advancement of girls and under-represented groups in STEAM disciplines and fields.
“RAFT is thrilled to have Jason as our new CEO. His experience is a perfect fit for RAFT, and his enthusiasm for RAFT and our mission is remarkable. We look forward to Jason’s leadership and influence towards increasing our impact in the local and global education ecosystem for many years to come.” said Webb McKinney, chairman of the board at RAFT.
“RAFT is an incredible organization that makes a profoundly positive impact on the education experience. Supporting teachers as they work to educate – and inspire – the future leaders and problem solvers of our world is vital, and needed now more than ever in our community and society. I share a passionate belief in the critically important mission of RAFT and am honored to have the opportunity to help accelerate our growth, bringing innovative solutions to teachers, and transforming the educational experience for students in STEAM fields.” said Jason Morrella, RAFT CEO.
RAFT – Resource Area For Teaching is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping educators inspire joy through hands-on learning. Founded in 1994, RAFT focuses on providing educators with effective, engaging, affordable, hands-on learning resources built around STEAM concepts and aligned with national curriculum standards. RAFT supports this mission through activities and kits; low-cost, hands-on bulk supplies; educator coaching & curriculum development; and makerspaces—in-school areas where students can design, build, and experiment. RAFT believes the best way to spark a love of learning for the next generation of thinkers, innovators, problem-solvers, and creators is through hands-on learning. RAFT supports some 8,000 educators in the Bay Area to enrich and improve the education of more than 150,000 local students each year.
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