Project Invent Hires Jax Chaudhry as Executive Director

SAN FRANCISCO, July 25 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The board of directors of Project Invent, a national education nonprofit that empowers high school students to invent for social good, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jax. Chaudhry as Executive Director. Chaudhry will lead the organization in executing Project Invent’s mission to equip students with the 21st century skills to succeed individually and have global impact through invention.

“Our search committee had an impressive pool of applicants from across the United States,” said Aragon Burlingham, chairman of the board and president of Project Invent. “Jax has stood out for her passion and connection to mission, her experience navigating through times of intense growth, and her commitment to closing the opportunity gap in STEM, especially for young black, indigenous and LatinX. As an empathetic, curious, and results-driven leader, Jax is the perfect person to bring us closer to the invention experience for every college student in America.”

Chaudhry has held leadership positions for over 10 years in a wide range of educational and non-profit organizations. With a focus on student empowerment and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Chaudhry has effectively developed strong external partnerships while maintaining sound budgetary oversight. Most recently serving as Regional Director of the Literacy Lab, she was responsible for the strategic direction and expansion of programs and operations in Washington DC, Montgomery County, PG County, and Alexandria. There, she increased programming capacity by 40%, increased school partnerships by 50%, and launched family engagement. Chaudhry graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in politics and law.

“I couldn’t be more excited for the next chapter of Project Invent,” said Chaudhry. “Invention is our proven path and empowering young people, especially students from disadvantaged communities, leads us all to a brighter future.”

Chaudhry will succeed Connie Liu, who founded Project Invent and served as its first executive director. Under Liu’s leadership, Project Invent has grown from a pilot project at Nueva School in San Mateo, California, to a national nonprofit that has guided more than 1,000 students through design thinking. , engineering and entrepreneurship training. Chaudhry will build on these accomplishments to help Project Invent expand its impact as it enters its fifth year.

“I am so grateful to have the opportunity to leverage the impact that has been possible through the incredible vision and leadership of Founder Connie Liu,” Chaudhry said. “I look forward to working with the Project Invent community to expand our reach in the best interests of the students, teachers, and communities we serve.”

Chaudhry lives in Washington DC, enjoys sprinting, editing movies, volunteering with local nonprofits, and supporting sports in her hometown of Chicago.

About the Invent project

Founded in 2018 and based in Palo Alto, CA, Project Invent empowers students with 21st century skills to achieve individual success and have global impact, through invention. Our goal is to create a generation of fearless and compassionate problem solvers. The Project Invent program trains and supports teachers with a one-year grant to equip students with design, engineering and entrepreneurial skills. With Project Invent, students solve real-world problems and classrooms go from exam to change. For more information, visit projectinvent.org or email [email protected]

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