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Murdock Trust Welcomes New Program Director

Camas Educator, Kim Newman, to join Vancouver nonprofit

Vancouver, WA – A familiar face is setting up her desk at the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust offices this week. After participating in programs offered by and working with the Vancouver foundation for eight years through the Murdock Trust Partners in Science Program, Kim Newman is joining the organization as the nonprofit’s newest Program Director.

“Kim has a passion for science, research and education that is really infectious. She brings a commitment and an enthusiasm to the importance of STEM learning, especially for inspiring young women in the field, as a critical element of preparing young people for life. She began her interaction with us as a Partners in Science grantee and then program coach,” said Steve Moore, executive director, Murdock Trust. “We are so pleased that we will be able to bring her positive energy, knowledge and leadership to our organization which will help inspire countless teachers and students and nonprofit leaders as we move forward.”

Currently a biology and technology teacher at Camas High School, Newman’s career includes extensive periods of time serving in both private and public education. She also conducted research at OHSU as part of the Partners in Science program

Kim was offered the position following an extensive national search. Her impressive credentials include a degree in sciences from Stanford University where she was a Division 1 Athlete on the basketball team. She also has a Masters from George Fox University, several educational honors and helped lead the “Camas Girls’ in STEM Conference.”

“Coming from the educational side of our work, Kim has a unique perspective that will be of great help to the Trust as we continue our work with grantees across the scientific and educational sectors,” added Moore. “She will also ultimately take the reins of our Partners in Science program, working closely with the educators and researchers with who she has built valuable relationships over the previous eight years. She also brings experience working with youth through her service to the YMCA and campus groups as well as volunteer service in the community.”

“I am thrilled to be joining the dedicated staff that works daily to further the mission and vision of Jack Murdock to help communities flourish,” said Kim Newman. “I love teaching, but ever since I started working with the Partners in Science program I recognized that this opportunity could allow me the ability to continue supporting teachers and students in the sciences, in a much broader way as well as support the larger ecosystem involved in informal education and training of young people and their families.”

About the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, created by the will of the late Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, provides grants to organizations in five states of the Pacific Northwest—Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington—that seek to strengthen the region’s educational and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways. Since its inception in 1975, the Trust has awarded more than 6,400 grants totaling more than $951 million. For more information, find the Murdock Trust on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and at murdocktrust.org.

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