Announcement of New Board Officers

The Digital Harbor Foundation is pleased to announce the election of officers for new terms on the board. These include:

  • Stephanie Rodriguez – Chair
  • Frank Bonsal III – Vice-Chair
  • Christofer Nelson – Secretary

Tenille Patterson will continue to serve as Treasurer and, while stepping down from role as Interim Chair, David Stone will continue to serve as a board member.

“I’m honored to have been elected board chair for the Digital Harbor Foundation. It’s been beyond inspiring to see first hand the impact DHF has on the Baltimore community and how its leadership is working to disseminate their model and practices nationally. I looked forward to working with the amazing Board of Directors and the entire DHF team to keep the momentum going!” wrote Stephanie Rodriguez.

The entire team at DHF would like to thank David Stone for his role as interim chair and was during an important transition time for the organization as a whole!

Biographies for Board Officers:

Stephanie Rodriguez, Board Chair

Stephanie Rodriguez is the Vice President of Policy & Engagement at the, an international nonprofit social enterprise committed to increasing the representation of women technologists in the global workforce. Prior to working at, Stephanie served as the Director of STEM Policy at the Afterschool Alliance supporting afterschool and summer learning across the United States. An immunologist by training, Stephanie found her way to STEM education policy and advocacy through years of STEM-related community outreach, and service as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation (NSF). While at NSF, she worked on efforts to broaden participation in computer science and other STEM fields.

Frank Bonsal III, Board Vice-Chair

Frank Bonsal III is a pioneer in the fields of education innovation, technology, and investment and has demonstrated sustained empathy for the education end user. As Managing Partner of Bonsal Capital, former General Partner of New Markets Venture Partners, and angel investor, his direct investment experience includes over 30 education companies, more than half of which have been realized with tens of millions positively impacted. His efforts to catalyze Towson University’s incubator created the Capital Region’s largest and most dedicated support networks for education entrepreneurs and companies and availed over $150 million in economic impact. Bonsal mentors or advises several education and entrepreneurship organizations and is a frequent panelist and speaker. He previously served as trustee or director of the Center for Education Reform, Garrison Forest School, Gilman School, Holderness School, and the Irvine Nature Center. He began his career as teacher and coach in U.S. middle and high school settings and with summer programs in Japan and the United Kingdom.

Christofer Nelson, Board Secretary

Christofer Nelson serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC). Chris has worked at the intersection of public policy and innovation for many years, including roles as a Scholar on Innovation and Program Manager for Science in the Public Interest and Georgetown University Energy Prize for national community energy efficiency; serving as the Assistant Director for Open Innovation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) where he focused on scaling the use of open innovation approaches, which include incentive prizes, crowdsourcing, citizen science, and Grand Challenges across U.S. Federal government agencies to address national priorities.

Tenille Patters, Board Treasurer

Tenille Patterson is Vice President at the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) where she is responsible for and oversees the activities and processes that provide core mission support to PJI. Tenille’s accounting career began 16 years ago when she worked as an auditor for the global professional services firm PwC. To align her professional aspirations with her spirit of advocacy and social justice, Tenille transitioned into the nonprofit field, working with and for organizations serving the most underserved and disenfranchised. Prior to her position at PJI, Tenille served as chief operating officer of the Center for Urban Families, a human services organization dedicated to supporting fathers and families suffering from the effects of systemic and institutional inequality. Tenille has a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Morgan State University and is a certified public accountant.

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