Dr. Michael Kaspar

Dr. Michael Kaspar is the Senior Policy Analyst staffing the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics desk for the National Education Association.  He is the founding director of the DC STEM Alliance and the DC Science Teachers’ Association with over 25 years of experience managing urban nature centers and supporting complex, multitask contracts for the federal government.  

In his current position and, as the former Director of Science for the District of Columbia, his expertise encompasses science policy and curriculum development, educational testing and evaluation, and program and professional development.  He is an expert in informal science education and environmental education and has given numerous professional presentations at the local and national levels.  Dr. Kaspar has developed and authored numerous scientific articles and abstracts for peer-reviewed journals, popular magazines and newsletters, meeting summaries, and other publications. He taught environmental science, field biology, landscape design, and early childhood and elementary science methods.

Christopher Mapondera

As President  & CEO of CNM LLC., Christopher Mapondera brings a wealth of diverse experience to the company.  He is a native Zimbabwean who has dedicated his career to promoting community advancement and helping to creating sustainable urban food production channels for countries all over the world.  Christopher remains deeply involved in fostering mutually beneficial alliances between businesses and academic organizations in Africa and the U.S. to help small-scale farmers in Zimbabwe.  He has also been greatly involved in developing innovative environmental pollution control systems through work with nuclear and fossil fuel electricity plants. 

Having excelled as an international business consultant for many years, Christophe Mapondera has been instrumental on several development ventures between Zimbabwe, China, the US and Africa; including multimillion-dollar projects involving prefabricated buildings and homes, agricultural commodities and more. He served as Technical Advisor on a major 400-unit housing development project in Northern Nigeria. Christopher also worked as Managing Director for a major steel company where he supervised a major refurbishment and the installation of various production units.  Here, he was responsible for managing over 6,000 employees at all levels of the organization, as well as final approval of all design specification, bid evaluations, procurement and implementation. His efforts lead to the successful development of new domestic and export markets for steel. 

Christopher Mapondera currently resides in Washington, DC.  He holds an ME in Civil Engineering/Environmental Engineering from Howard University and a BS in Agriculture from The Ohio State University in Columbus.