Sarita Pillai, EDC vice president and director of STEM & Workforce Success, has extensive expertise in effective strategies for broadening participation in STEM. She oversees a work portfolio focused on building the foundational skills and competencies needed for success in STEM education and career pathways, including computer science and data sciences.

Pillai leads national centers that enhance the quality and equity of K–12 and postsecondary STEM education. She is the principal investigator (PI) of the STEM Learning and Research Center and the co-PI of the Center for Integrative Research in Computing and Learning Sciences. She also led the research and scholarship for a report on the future of work.

Dedicated to closing opportunity gaps, advancing equity in education, and diversifying STEM fields, Pillai co-authored More than Title IX: How Equity in Education Has Shaped the Nation; was a founding member of EDC’s Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Committee; and led the development of EDC’s Equity Principles.

Pillai holds an MBA from Bentley University and a BS in Computer Science from Northeastern University College of Computer and Information Science.