In 2015, Mayor Edwin Lee, the Superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, (SFUSD) Richard Carranza and the leaders of several corporate, philanthropic and educational institutions began a dialogue about how to make San Francisco a national example of preparing students for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. Believing that collaborative strategy is imperative to the success of any education initiative, the Mayor, Superintendent, and former President and CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Bob Linschied launched the STEM Talent Pathway, a collective impact model to support development of a diverse talent pipeline by increasing exposure, skill building, and achievement of underrepresented youth in STEM.
The STEM Talent Pathway is a signature project of UniteSF, an education initiative lead by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. UniteSF represents a unified commitment by key San Francisco business, civic, and education leaders to support collaborative change in our approach to student’s preparation for college and the 21st century global workplace. Through discussion, convening, and data sharing, UniteSF supports the belief that:
- 100% High School Graduate for all San Francisco Students is necessary and possible
- That upon graduation, every student will be prepared for college or skilled certificate programs and has the access and support necessary to achieve higher education
- All students must have pathways to sustainable jobs and careers
The STEM Talent Pathway is the first signature project of UniteSF, an initiative co-led by Mayor Edwin M. Lee, the Superintendent of Schools and President & CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.