Steve Walvig Program Officer, Education
Inspiration: “Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” — Kofi Annan
What working in this community means to me: “I am thrilled and honored to work with an amazing array of colleagues, community partners and organizations supporting educational and leadership development opportunities for our youth. Together, I know we can build a region where all youth have the ability to grow, thrive, and reach their full potential.”
Steve is a program officer within the holistic grantmaking and equity team where his portfolio is focused on education in out-of-school time (OST) and career and future readiness. In this role, Steve supports youth, youth development programs and youth-serving organizations. His team works to enhance and transform the lives of all children, preparing them for the future workforce and supporting them as they build the knowledge, skills, mindsets, and relationships necessary to succeed in our highly technical and globally connected world.
Prior to joining United Way, Steve was the director of education at The Bakken Museum, leading nationally-acclaimed, award-winning STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education programs. He also served as chief executive for two statewide STEM-based nonprofit organizations, SciMathMN and the Minnesota Science Teachers Association (MnSTA). As board chairman of SciMathMN and President of MnSTA, Steve successfully led and directed strategic planning, fundraising, and mission-related activities. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.
Steve volunteers his professional STEM education expertise in a variety of roles. He is currently serving as the National Science Teacher Association’s (NSTA) informal science division director. Steve is a proud Minnesotan who loves biking, rock climbing, photography and being outside as often as possible.