What is the STEM Council?

America's Foundation for Chess STEM Council is a group of businesses and individuals who are committed to the betterment of STEM education in this country, and who understand the link between chess and STEM skills. Through three different levels of financial support, STEM Council members contribute directly to First Move in working with second and third graders to develop the skills needed in science, technology, engineering and math. First Move puts kids' critical thinking development, the foundation of all STEM skills, as a priority.

Platinum Level


Gold Level


Anonymous Donor in Healthcare

Silver Level


George G.

Jeff and Susan


Lata Krishnan
and Ajay Shah

Small Legends

Sue Waggener
and Steve McCracken

Thomas G. and Andrea

Mendell Foundation

Knight Angels

Robert and

Chris Zabors

Kurt Dalton

Ginger and Barry

Ackerley Foundation

Larry Lunt

Stan Kahn

Robert Wolfe