Date of Award

Summer 2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Tamara J. Williams


The need for a STEM literate workforce has presented a complex issue on both the national and local level. The Omaha STEM Ecosystem was established in 2016 as a connecting agency to leverage the social capital of member stakeholders in addressing STEM workforce gaps by strengthening the availability of STEM pipeline learning opportunities in the Omaha Metro Area. This study presents a qualitative analysis of organizational documents and semi-structured interviews. Stakeholder groups were divided into Producer (Business, Government, and Non-Profit) and Consumer stakeholders (Education, Families, and Science Centers and Museums). Interviews for this publication present the Consumer stakeholder group, while the developed theory and implications are presented in a white paper combining the analysis of all six key stakeholders. The developed theory provides possible actions the Omaha STEM Ecosystem might take to bring, hold, and grow its stakeholder network in order to produce ongoing impacts on the local STEM ecosystem.