As senior program manager of the Pathways to Prosperity Network, Tobie Baker-Wright works with JFF's secondary through postsecondary initiatives, providing expertise in middle school career exploration and developing pathways for grades 9-14. She is the program manager for the Possible Futures, Possible Selves initiative which focuses on empowering young people through career awareness and exploration beginning in the middle grades. The initiative is being piloted in 42 classes across Long Beach Unified School District as well as adapted for the extended learning time community in a pilot partnership with Citizen Schools. Tobie also serves on the governor’s STEM advisory committee.
Tobie has 20 years of experience in education. While working as an environmental scientist for Forest Service and Los Alamos National Laboratory, she was also a committed science educator for programs such as the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, SMILE (Science Math Investigating Learning Experience), Salmoncamp, and NAMS (Native Americans in Marine Science).
Tobie then entered the more traditional K-12 environment as teacher and an adjunct professor for Oregon State University. Before joining JFF, she was the director of an Expeditionary Learning school 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.