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CEO, Siemens Foundation
David Etzwiler was recently named Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Foundation, a new role charged with expanding the reach and impact of the organization. The Siemens Foundation supports innovation, research and education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Prior to joining Siemens, David led the Decade of Discovery in Diabetes, a partnership of Mayo Clinic, the University of Minnesota, and the State of Minnesota to improve health and drive economic growth. David’s leadership has frequently been at the intersection of business, government, and philanthropy. Before leading the Decade, he spent thirteen years with Medtronic, Inc., most recently as Vice President of Community Affairs, and Executive Director, Medtronic Foundation. In the role, David aligned the Foundation’s philanthropy with the company’s global business strategy, building value for both organizations and society by fully leveraging Medtronic’s people, products, and programs. David’s tenure at Medtronic included leading state government affairs efforts for Medtronic’s headquarters and serving on the board of its political action committee.
A graduate of Northwestern University, David earned his Masters of Public Policy from The Claremont Graduate University in California and his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School. Prior to taking on leadership roles in the field of philanthropy, David practiced law, with an emphasis in the areas of charitable giving, estate planning, and non-profit management.
David has been an active member of numerous boards throughout his career, including the National Council on Foundations, where he chaired the Corporate and Global Philanthropy Committees and co-chaired the 2012 Task Force on the Future of Corporate Philanthropy. David has also served on the boards of the National Urban Fellows, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, the Minnesota Council on Foundations, and the Children’s Theatre Company.
President, Siemens Foundation
As President of the Siemens Foundation, Jeniffer Harper-Taylor leads one of the nation’s preeminent nonprofit organizations dedicated to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. During more than a decade of service she has impacted students, teachers and schools on a national scale, introducing tens of thousands of young people to opportunities in STEM. Today she oversees an annual investment of more than $7 million in innovative education programs that support, recognize and encourage the scientists and engineers of tomorrow.
After working in Human Resources for over a decade, Ms. Harper-Taylor joined Siemens in 1999 as a university recruitment manager. She then joined the Siemens Foundation as Program Manager in March 2000, subsequently serving as Program Director and Vice President before being named President in March 2010. Throughout her tenure she has spearheaded partnerships with such education leaders as the College Board, Discovery Education, the National Science Teachers Association and Oak Ridge Associated Universities to broaden the reach and impact of the Foundation’s programs. These include the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement, Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, Siemens STEM Academy and Siemens Science Days.
Ms. Harper-Taylor is active on a number of fronts to close the minority gap in STEM. She is a charter member of the Advisory Board for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Office for Access and the Advancement of Public Black Universities. She also serves on The Conference Board’s Contributions Council, a group dedicated to advancing the practice of corporate philanthropy. Previously, she served as the Diversity Council Chairperson for Siemens Corporation, USA.
Ms. Harper-Taylor is considered a leader in STEM education outreach advocacy and appears regularly in the media. She has been interviewed by U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg Radio, among many other newspapers, television programs and radio shows.
A frequent public speaker, Ms. Harper-Taylor delivered the keynote address at the College Board’s national Dream Deferred conference on issues that affect African American students. She also keynoted the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics’ 2011 MLK Day celebration. The Network Journal named Ms. Harper-Taylor to its 14th annual list of “25 Influential Black Women in Business” in 2012. Ms. Harper-Taylor was invited to serve as a panelist for the release of the 2011 Grade 8 Science Report of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, widely known as “The Nation’s Report Card.” Most recently, she was profiled in a salute to the extraordinary STEM leadership of women across all sectors in the book, 100 Women Leaders in STEM.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Ms. Harper-Taylor has played an active role in various community organizations in her hometown, including the Atlanta chapter of Big Brothers and Big Sisters and membership in the NAACP and Urban League. She takes pride in the legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities as a graduate of Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked as a journalist for a TV station in Rochester, New York. She is based at the Foundation’s headquarters in Iselin, New Jersey.
Kiesha Boykins is Program Specialist for the Siemens Foundation. She is responsible for managing the partnership with Discovery Education. The programs include the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, a K-12 sustainability challenge, and the Siemens STEM Academy, a professional development program for teachers. Kiesha is also responsible for managing the Siemens Merit Scholarship, an internal scholarship program for Siemens employees and manages our external Scholars scholarship distribution program.
Kiesha joined Siemens Foundation in 2006 as Program Coordinator and provided administrative support for the Siemens Foundation team. She was also responsible for assisting with coordination of Siemens scholarships and awards programs.Prior to joining Siemens, Kiesha was a Chargeback Analyst for Merrill Lynch. She also has several years of administrative and customer service experience.Kiesha received a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
Laura Schneebacher has a BA in Journalism and Media Studies and an MA in Communication and Information Studies from Rutgers University. She has international experience working in communications and corporate social responsibility, and experience in other business functions such as marketing and media relations.
Laura is Program Specialist for the Siemens Foundation, where she manages the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, the Siemens Science Day program and the Siemens Scholar Alumni Network. In addition to these programs, she also manages internal and external communications projects.
Educational Relations Manager
Chanika Colbert is the Educational Relations Manager for the Siemens Foundation where she is responsible for managing public relations and educational outreach to both internal and external audiences to broaden the Siemens Foundation’s reach within the United States. She plays a role in expanding the scope of science education-related media and community outreach for the Siemens Foundation by working with partners in the STEM educational outreach community.
Chanika has professional background in administrative support and internal communications, in addition to holding a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an MBA in International Business.