Verizon Executive Named to Governor's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Advisory Council

Stephanie Lee, regional director of public affairs for Verizon, has been appointed by Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray to serve on the Diversity Subcommittee of the Governor's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Advisory Council.

The council, chaired by Murray, seeks to increase student interest and achievement as well as career opportunities in STEM fields.  The Diversity Subcommittee will focus on closing the achievement gap and pursuing additional STEM opportunities for women and minorities, an issue Verizon has embraced through its foundation and community relations efforts.

"The STEM Advisory Council is bringing together members of the public and private sector dedicated to investing in STEM education across the commonwealth," said Murray.  "Members of the council will be great partners as we continue to promote STEM education and encourage our students, who are the future leaders of the commonwealth's innovation economy, to study science, technology, engineering and math."

As a leading technology company and one of the largest private sector employers in Massachusetts, Verizon has a long-standing track record of supporting education programs that help students improve their science, technology, engineering and math skills.   Most recently, the Verizon Foundation issued a request for proposals for public schools to apply for a total of $150,000 in grants to use Thinkfinity.org, the Verizon Foundation's free, online education resource, to help students improve STEM skills. For more information on the RFP, go to www.verizon.com/ma.

"Verizon is dedicated to helping students strengthen their academic skills so that they are prepared to succeed in STEM-related higher-education programs and careers," said Lee.  "We must do everything we can to ensure young people are prepared for the future.  We applaud Gov. Deval Patrick, Lt. Gov. Murray and their administration for shining a spotlight on this important issue, and look forward to helping Massachusetts students develop the skills needed to compete in a fast-paced, global economy."

Lee also serves on the boards of several other community-based organizations including Jane Doe Inc., First Literacy, Northern Essex Community College Foundation, North Shore Community College Foundation and the North Shore Workforce Investment Board.  In addition, she is a member of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Future Leaders Class of 2010 and serves on the Communications Working Group of the Massachusetts IT Collaborative.

Last October, the governor signed an executive order establishing the STEM Advisory Council.  To learn more about the council and for a complete listing of council members, visit: http://www.mass.gov/governor/stem.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 91 million customers nationwide.  Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers innovative, seamless business solutions to customers around the world.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of approximately 222,900 and last year generated consolidated revenues of more than $107 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.