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Omayra Padilla DeJesús Named Chair of The Schenectady Foundation Distribution Committee

Omayra Padilla DeJesús brings a diverse background of experiences to The Schenectady Foundation, which stem from her research scientific training and corporate experience, to education, non profit, and youth outreach.

Originally from Puerto Rico, she earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California Berkeley in 2003 and joined GE's Global Research Center in Niskayuna to work on Healthcare and Biotechnology programs. Dr. Padilla DeJesús was deeply involved with outreach efforts linked to her personal passion for education, with a focus on STEM for underrepresented groups. In 2009, she initiated the Inspire Program, gaining support from GE GRC's leadership. In 2010, the program was presented with the GE Global Impact Award in Education. She has also taught chemistry at the College of St. Rose in Albany and earned an MBA degree from SUNY Albany. Dr. Padilla DeJesús currently serves as the Executive Director of Rise High Inc., an organization using science as a tool to develop knowledge and skills in youth for a path to success.

Joining her in leadership roles are Dr. Martha Jo Asselin, elected  Vice Chair and Herbert L. Shultz Jr.  re-elected Treasurer. They join Debby Mullany, former chair; Robert Bylancik, Joseph Tardi and newest member Mona J. Golub on the Board and as voting members of the Distribution Committee.

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