Tobie Baker Wright works with JFF’s secondary through postsecondary
initiatives, providing expertise in middle school career exploration and the
development of pathways for grades 9 through 14. She is the senior program
manager for Possible Futures. She has 20 years of experience in education—as a
classroom teacher and a science educator—and she draws on that experience to
engage the next generation of diverse young scientists, creators, and problem solvers.
Ms. Baker Wright believes strongly in the power of engaging young people as scientists. As a young person, she was a student machinist at Oregon Health and Science University, completed a hydrology co-op experience with the U.S. Forest Service, and served as a research assistant at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. With a passion to increase equity and access in STEM, Ms. Baker Wright has worked with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Science Math Investigating Learning Experience (SMILE), Salmon Camp, and Native Americans in Marine Science (NAMS). She also served on the governor’s STEM advisory committee in Massachusetts, with a focus on increasing diversity in STEM programs. Before joining JFF, Ms. Baker Wright was the director of an Expeditionary Learning school in New Mexico, where she led student-centered approaches to teaching and learning.
Tobie holds a bachelor's degree in international studies and a bachelor's degree in environmental science from Oregon State University, a master's degree in teaching from Lewis & Clark College, and several professional teaching licenses. Currently, she is completing a certificate in advanced educational leadership (CAEL) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.