“Grace Foundation works in ways I have pursued throughout my own career to support communities: building long-lasting reciprocal relationships and developing and implementing cutting-edge capacity building programs across disciplines.”

For 20 years Dr. Ashley Ater Kranov has served as an educator and leader in the US and international higher education communities. She is also an adjunct associate professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University.

As Vice President of Global Professional Skills Assessment, LLC, Dr. Ater Kranov leads an international team of professionals from academia and industry to build capacity of individuals and organizations in the following areas: Educational Research, Leadership Skills, Student Learning Optimization and Quality Assurance in the technical fields. Her firm partners with professional accrediting bodies and universities worldwide to increase the sustainability of their quality assurance, STEM education and/or STEM research initiatives.

From 2011-2013, as Managing Director of Professional Services at ABET, the US- based world leader in technical education accreditation, Dr. Ater Kranov’s unit led ABET’s evaluator training and global professional development offerings.

Dr. Ater Kranov further leads partnership arrangements between the Friends School of Baltimore (an independent Quaker K-12 school), Loyola University Maryland, the Maryland Science Olympiad and Morgan State University to develop an integrated STEAM (STE + Art + M) program to leverage expertise, provide professional development and increase pathways to STEM fields. This program envisions a design thinking and doing strand across all grade levels and disciplines to achieve Friends School’s vision of diversity and inclusion, and increase the impact of its students’ current and future STEM work in local, national and global economic, cultural, societal, and environmental contexts.

From 2007 to 2011 she co-founded and served as Board Chair of the Palouse Prairie School of Expeditionary Learning, a public elementary charter school in Moscow, Idaho and the first of its kind in the state to offer a Spanish immersion program from kindergarten through fifth grade.