David Coronado, Program Officer

David Coronado, Program Officer

David Coronado joined The Lemelson Foundation as a Program Officer in 2015, and works to support student growth by promoting equal access to invention education, STEM coursework, and out-of-school learning in K-12 schools. David is passionate about breaking the cycle of poverty that prevents many young people from succeeding, and providing alternative pathways that involve inspiration, education and graduation.

Before joining The Lemelson Foundation, David spent over a decade as executive director of the Oregon MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement) program at Portland State University – a Lemelson Foundation grantee. He managed all aspects of Oregon MESA’s work to help students from underserved communities gain access to STEM and invention education. Nationally, he served as the President of the MESA USA organization and brought invention education as an approach that has now been integrated across the MESA program nationally. In addition, David served as an academic coordinator at Harvey Mudd College Math and Science Center and as President of the Oregon College Access Network.

David holds a B.A. from Occidental College.