Jill Grace, K–12 Alliance

Jill Grace is the Director for the K–12 Alliance, a program in the Science and Engineering Division of WestED. Prior to this, Jill was a middle school science teacher and was the 2014–15 California finalist for the Presidential Award for Mathematics and Science Teaching. She is the 2019–21 past president of the California Association of Science Educators, where she led the development of the 2018 and 2019 climate summits and briefing papers on priority features of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) instructional materials and equitable access to science education in California. Statewide, she serves as steering committee member and committee co-chair for the UC-CSU Environmental and Climate Change Literacy Summit, a member of the biodiversity expert council for the City of Los Angeles, and is a mentor, lead developer, and presenter for the NGSS rollouts. She also served on the leadership team that developed the Next Generation Science Standards Systems Implementation Plan for California, was a contributing author and public reviewer of the California Science Framework, and an instructional materials reviewer for the state of California.