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New Directors Join CuriOdyssey’s Board of Directors
SAN MATEO, CALIFORNIA – May 17, 2019 – CuriOdyssey is pleased to announce the appointment of Laurel Miranda as board chair and the election of two new directors to the organization’s board, Aragon Burlingham of Envision Learning Partners and Julie Lee, a community leader and volunteer. The board’s goal is to help accomplish CuriOdyssey’s mission to help children acquire the tools to deeply understand our changing world. During their three-year tenure, the new chair and board directors will drive support for the annual fund and the Campaign for a New CuriOdyssey.
“I am pleased to welcome Laurel as our new chair and Aragon and Julie as newcomers to the board. They each bring a wealth of experience and expertise in their fields and will be tremendous assets to us as we turn CuriOdyssey into the county’s champion for early science learning. Their support will help us continue to pave the way for future problem-solvers for generations to come,” said Rachel Meyer, executive director, CuriOdyssey.
Laurel Miranda brings rich leadership experience from past executive roles at Oracle, Wells Fargo and Charles Schwab. She also brings a wealth of practical knowledge leading non-profits as past president of three district-wide organizations affiliated with the Hillsborough City School District: the Hillsborough Schools Foundation, the Associated Parents' Groups, and the Special Kids Parent Group. She recently was honored as the Hillsborough Citizen of the Year. Laurel has an MBA and a law degree from University of California Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford.
Aragon Burlingham is director of partnerships at Envision Learning Partners and is responsible for developing and growing a nationwide network of partners committed to “Deeper Learning” through their “High Quality Performance Assessment Systems”. Prior to joining the education sector, he spent three decades in Silicon Valley in executive management at a diverse range of companies taking products from concept to production. Aragon switched careers in early 2008 to focus on his life-long passion to enhance children’s math and science learning experiences. Aragon launched the We Teach Science Foundation to empower engineers and scientists nationwide to tutor and mentor middle and high school students, bringing real-world relevance to the disciplines of math and science. Aragon has a Master of Science in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California.
Julie Lee served on The Carey School’s Parents Association Executive Committee as president and vice president, as an annual fund ambassador, on the Carey mentor committee, the Carey auction team, and will begin her second term on the Carey School board of trustees, where she currently chairs the strategic plan committee. At Crystal Springs Uplands, Julie will be co-chairing the 2019 annual gala. Julie will also be serving as a philanthropic liaison along with her oldest daughter Olivia for the 2025 class year of the National Charity League Crystal Springs Chapter. Prior to her volunteer work, Julie worked in the consumer credit risk sector at Fair Isaac (FICO), Nextcard and Wells Fargo. Julie has a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and statistics and an MBA from University of California Berkeley.
CuriOdyssey is a serious science playground where more than 100,000 kids each year observe wild animals and experiment with real scientific phenomena. As a science and wildlife center, CuriOdyssey helps children acquire the tools to deeply understand the changing world. We are dedicated to giving more kids the superpower of science and believe that kids learn about science and animals best out in the world and not behind a desk or a screen. CuriOdyssey is located at Coyote Point Recreation Area in San Mateo. For more information, visit www.CuriOdyssey.org.