Anna M. Park is the Chief Executive Officer of Great Minds in STEM™ (GMiS). The Board of Directors elevated her to CEO in the 3rd Quarter of 2013,and she assumed the post on January 1, 2014. Ms. Park is the second CEO in GMiS’ 28-year history, succeeding the founder and Chair, Mr. Ray Mellado, as the organization’s chief executive. GMiS is a 501(c)3 STEM education program non-profit based in Monterey Park, California. The organization is celebrating its 28th year of servicing underserved communities across the country with STEM programming, and honoring and recognizing leaders in the STEM arena.
Ms. Park joined the organization in July of 2000, where she served first as Conference Manager, then Director of Operations, and most recently as Chief Operating Officer. In July of 2009, the GMiS Board of Directors invited Ms. Park to join the Board, and in October that year she became a full voting member.
Throughout Ms. Park’s 16-year career, she has demonstrated strong leadership and vision in the ever-evolving non-profit sector. Her extensive operational and fiscal experience has helped GMiS develop, fund, and execute innovative K-12 STEM programming during her tenure. She has helped the organization navigate changes in the non-profit convention model while maintaining the high standards that government, industry and academic sector representatives have come to expect from GMiS’ annual HENAAC Conference. And she has presided over the consistent growth of the organization and the expansion of its programming – all during challenging economic times.
GMiS’ vision is to be a national leader in keeping America technologically strong by promoting STEM careers, especially in underserved communities. A series of programs for professionals as well as K-20 students, parents, teachers and administrators are delivered yearly to achieve this vision. Over the past decade, GMiS has expanded its portfolio to include K-20 programs and initiatives promoting college readiness, STEM awareness, and access to STEM careers among underrepresented students. These include the national Viva Technology™ Program, STEM-Up™ Initiative, HENAAC Scholars Program, HENAAC College Bowl, Technical Poster Competition, and the Protégé Mentor Program. In addition, GMiS organizes and runs the aforementioned HENAAC Conference, which identifies, honors and documents the contributions of outstanding Hispanics in STEM and provides a Career & Graduate Fair. In 2013 alone, the organization’s dedicated full-time staff produced and executed programming that reached over 60,000 people. Prior to joining Great Minds in STEM™, Ms. Park worked at 20th Century Fox Film Company from 1998-2000 where she reported to the Vice President of Legal Affairs, Motion Picture Division, Michael Ross.
Ms. Park received her J.D. degree from the University of Southern California, where she was selected to be a USC Presidential Fellow, serving from 1999-2000. She earned her B.A. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and she remains an active Cal Bear and USC Trojan alumna. Ms. Park currently serves on the Strengthening America’s Youth (SAY) Leadership Committee for the U.S. Army, and she is a voting Board Member on GMiS as well as a Board of Director for the Los Angeles Music and Art School. In 2012, STEMconnector™ named her one of their 100 Women Leaders in STEM. Ms. Park currently resides in southern California with her family and she maintains an active schedule centered around her three children and their academic, athletic, and community activities.