Jim Stanton co-leads the Massachusetts Data Science Workforce Initiative, collaborating with life science industry and education partners to build a data science workforce that reflects America in terms of including currently underrepresented populations. Stanton’s work focuses on equity, diversity, and system change, as well as coalition building and developing, implementing, and scaling innovative education solutions.

As co-founder of the Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN), Stanton co-led the collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to produce a new curriculum framework and process for CS Teacher Licensure. He is widely recognized as helping Massachusetts become a national leader in K–12 computer science (CS) education policy and curriculum adoption. He co-authored the national report State-Level Policies Supporting Equitable K–12 Computer Science Education and co-edited the Massachusetts K–12 Computer Science Curriculum Guide.

Prior to EDC, Stanton was founder and director of Leadership Initiatives for Teaching and Technology (LIFT²), a nation-leading STEM teacher externship program.

Stanton holds a BS in Economics and an MEd in Urban Education from Boston College.