Institute for Broadening Participation
| Damariscotta, Maine
Ashanti Johnson is currently the CEO/Superintendent of Cirrus Academy, a statewide STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) charter school system in Georgia. She was one of the first female African American chemical oceanographers and the first African American to earn a doctoral degree in oceanography from Texas A&M University. In March 2017, she served as the U.S. Department of State's representative to Cambodia for several STEM-focused events including being a keynote speaker at the Cambodia Science and Engineering Festival and the United States Embassy, as well as at several schools, universities, and a science museum in Cambodia.