Vice President of External Engagement, Illinois Math and Science Academy
Dr. Jeffrey Margolis is a scientist, STEM policy expert, and partnership builder who has spent his career strengthening the impact that science and technology have on society. He currently serves as the vice president of external engagement at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA). IMSA is the flagship STEM academy for the state of Illinois. It offers a uniquely challenging residential education for gifted 10th through 12th grade students from across the state and provides STEM professional development and enrichment to thousands of Illinois teachers and students. An IMSA alum, Jeffrey develops partnerships and programs that enhance the experiences of IMSA students, promote IMSA’s visibility and sustainability, and grow Illinois’ STEM workforce.
Prior to joining IMSA, he served as managing director of the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition, a member-driven nonprofit that builds public-private partnerships that connect education institutions, companies, and government to catalyze technology talent and commercialization initiatives. Jeffrey also haslaunched global innovation and entrepreneurship programs at the U.S. Department of State, helped found College Spring, a college prep nonprofit that serves thousands of low-income students, and worked as an award-winning biomedical researcher at Stanford University where he earned his Doctorate in microbiology and immunology. Jeffrey is proud to serve on several civic, technology and economic development boards and advisory groups, including mHUB, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s Economic Development Committee and the Smarter Illinois Advisory Council.