Jamai Wallis Blivin
Jamai Blivin is the CEO of Innovate+Educate, an organization she founded after returning to the Southwest in 2008. She approached Intel and Lockheed Martin to form the organization, believing that industry must be a key driver in systemic change in education and workforce. Since that time, Innovate+Educate has become a leading voice across States for industry alignment to advance college and career readiness across the States.
Jamai has consulted and worked extensively with State programs, IT Companies, Higher Ed Institutions, and K-12 Systems to industry’s role in the solutions. Blivin brings both education and industry experience in her thoughts and beliefs. Blivin spent 17 years in the investment field before retiring to pursue her passion for teaching. After teaching middle school in Little Rock, Arkansas and Durham, North Carolina (2000- 2005) Blivin assumed the position as Education Foundation Director at the North Carolina Technology Association in Raleigh, NC and led the education efforts statewide to develop and manage the Knowledge Workforce Committee, a committee of over 50 top Fortune 500 companies in the RTP area working together in education and workforce efforts. She returned to the Southwest in 2008 (she grew up in El Paso and then Santa Fe) to take a position at New Mexico State University as Outreach Director for the New Mexico Learning Network before launching Innovate+Educate.
As CEO, Jamai has brought national attention to Albuquerque and New Mexico due to the work that was recently recognized by the White House for TalentABQ. Through TalentABQ, they have created not only jobs, but have brought over $9,000,000 of philanthropy funding into New Mexico since inception. Jamai is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and educational conferences sharing her passion and vision for meaningful industry partnerships, with a focus on community and regional ecosystems. In 2010, Innovate+ Educate was nominated for and received the New Mexico Business Weekly’s “Small Business Heavyweights” award for their success in developing the first public-private partnership in New Mexico to advance STEM and workforce (the NM STEM Network). Jamai holds a BSBA and MBA in Finance from the University of Arkansas.