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Speakers’ Biographies

Karen Shores, Administrator STEM Office, California Department of Education


Karen Shores is the Administrator of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Office at the California Department of Education. In this capacity, Mrs. Shores oversees programs and initiatives related to science education and the Next Generation Science Standards, mathematics education and the Common Core State Standards in mathematics, environmental education, STEM education, physical education, and the California Math and Science Partnerships.Also at the California Department of Education Karen has managed the statewide California Partnership Academies program and was responsible for the energy and utilities industry sector. In public education she has served as assistant principal, district assessment coordinator, grant writer, categorical programs coordinator, homeless and foster youth liaison, substance abuse prevention coordinator, academy coordinator, school nurse, and health careers educator. Prior to her career in education, Karen enjoyed a career as a registered nurse in acute care and public health.

Hossein Saadat, Vice President Global Supply Chain, Hewlett-Packard Company


Hossein joined HP in November 2013. He is responsible for all aspects of operations within RVC, ODM, and CM partners to meet or exceed customer expectations on quality, delivery, cost, and services. Over the last 25 years, Hossein has held global executive positions in general management, engineering, operations, and supply chain among the following companies:

Solectron – Vice President, Worldwide Operation in mechanical, system Integration
Sonim – Chief Operation Officer, World’s most ruggedized voice over IP wireless communication
Sanmina – President ESD, SVP MSDBefore his high tech career, Hossein was a professor of applied mathematics. Hossein has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Applied Mathematics. Hossein is located at the Palo Alto campus.


Director & Sector Navigator, Information Communications Technologies (ICT) and Digital Media, California Community Colleges


Steve Wright is a veteran communications technology executive specializing in market strategy, economic and business development.  Steve’s current role as California Statewide Director Information and Communication Technologies/Digital Media (ICT/DM – Sector Navigator) in the Doing What Matters program allows him to combine his business experience with the California Community College system to meet the human resource needs of hi-tech workforce.

Steve has released a series of videos that describe how his team (10 DSNs by region) can work together High school staff (including counselors) interested in better articulating high school courses and improve student outcomes through aligned pathways that focus on regional employment opportunities.

Steve holds an MBA, Pepperdine, an MS Telecommunications, SMU, and a Project Management Professional certification. Steve lives in Thousand Oaks, CA with his wife and children.