Founding Chairman-The Conrad Foundation
NANCY CONRAD, FOUNDING CHAIRMAN
A former teacher, Nancy has become a recognized leader in transformative education and named one of the top 100 leaders in STEM education, serving as a featured speaker at national and international conferences. Her presentations include TED, MIT, and, the Global Competitiveness Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She also presented at the Global Diversity Leadership Conference at Harvard University and the National Modeling and Simulation Coalition conference in Washington, D.C. Nancy has also testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology detailing how the Conrad Foundation exemplifies the use of partnership to improve STEM education. She is the wife of late astronaut Pete Conrad, who during the Apollo 12 mission became the third man to walk on the Moon.
KRISTIE BETTS LETTER (MA, MFA)
Kristie teaches Innovation and Design Thinking in Colorado where she has spearheaded a schoolwide innovation initiative. Her students have won national social entrepreneurship recognition including top awards in the Conrad Challenge, the World Series of Innovation, the Lexus Eco-Challenge, and the Adcap Challenge. Kristie’s publications range from a 2019 short story collection Fire in the Hole to a teaching handbook for the Colorado Department of Education. She’s earned four NEH fellowships, the Boulder Valley Impact award for teaching, and the national Conrad Innovative Teacher of the Year award.