The Austin Technology Council (ATC), an organization that describes itself as the voice of Central Texas’ diverse and thriving technology and life sciences industries, has appointed a new Executive Director who will be in charge of spearheading STEM partnerships and programs, as well as fundraising and community strategies in Austin and in the greater Central Texas region. Suzanne Kho will bring over 25 years of expertise in the nonprofit sector to the Foundation.
Most recently Kho served as the Executive Director of EarthShare of Texas, a coalition of 39 environmental and conservation organizations from across the state. She also held leadership positions at Beyond Batten Disease Foundation, the LIVESTRONG Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts and the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated with an AB from Vassar College, and completed her MSEd from the University of Pennsylvania.
As new Executive Director, Kho will spearhead the Foundation’s everyday operations and promote the progress of Austin’s most sought after STEM programs. A recent analysis from ATC reveals Austin has an annual shortage of about 2,500 to 3,500 qualified personnel for core tech talent jobs until 2024. Over the course of this research, tech leadership members requested ATC to be more proactive in finding a solution to the shortage by assisting the youth, and encouraging them to take on a STEM education and career path.
“The research speaks for itself: students have shown a genuine interest in math and the sciences, and our goal is to leverage the power of ATC’s membership to support and add to existing STEM initiatives,” said Kho. “As Executive Director of the ATC Foundation, I look forward to leading this passionate team striving to educate and empower the next generation with the skills they need to succeed in the tech workforce.”
“With her extensive background in the nonprofit sector, Suzanne knows what it takes to rally a community of supporters around some of the most significant issues we face today,” said Julie Huls, President of the Austin Technology Council. “We’re facing a tech talent shortage in Austin, and with the addition of Suzanne to the team, we are confident that the ATC Foundation will take a critical step towards igniting the spark to inspire Austin youth to pursue STEM careers.”
Since 2011, the not-for-profit ATC Foundation has been striving to fulfill its mission to drive STEM evolution and involvement in Central Texas for the next generation of talented workers.