Cybersecurity Education Consortium
Nathan Evans oversees GSI’s STEM education efforts. Prior to joining GSI in 2017, he worked primarily in the international development and non-profit sectors. He has served as the executive director of a non-profit organization, a democracy and governance advisor in the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) Middle East Bureau, and as office director for the National Democratic Institute's (NDI) West Bank and Gaza programs. He has lived and worked in West Africa, the Middle East, and the Balkans. He holds a Master's Degree in international relations from San Diego State University, and a Bachelor's Degree in journalism from the University of New Hampshire.
Trista Zobitz oversees the Cybersecurity Education Consortium (CEC), which is in the education pillar within GSI. Her role includes strategic planning, program development, and relationship building to promote the exposure of cybersecurity education in K-12 schools, ultimately developing the cybersecurity workforce of the future. She leads the ASU faculty advisory board and the CISO advisory board to bridge the academic side with industry. Her experience includes over 15 years in education where she has worked in the roles of teacher, supervisor, and mentor to both students and teachers. She has experience in curriculum writing and most recently developed a cybersecurity curriculum for 6th -8th students that is being piloted in several Arizona schools. Additionally, she has experience in leading teacher professional development and teacher training courses. Trista holds a Master’s in Education from the University of Minnesota, a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Purdue University and a Bachelor’s in Education from Winona State University.
Neil McGurty is a Project Manager in the Education portfolio at GSI. He is a Public Sector and Higher Education professional with over 25 years of diversified experience and leadership in public administration, program design, curriculum development, and the management of US Government and Higher Education organizations. Neil has worked in higher education for the past 12 years, including 8 years as the Director of International Programs at Lehigh University. He is a Career and Tenured member of the US Department of State Foreign Service, and served multiple tours of duty abroad and in DC, where he worked closely with both foreign governments and multiple USG departments and agencies in developing and implementing programs and policy. Neil has a Masters in Public Administration from New York University and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in English from Cal Poly State University.