About MBRT

Founded in 1992, the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) is a coalition of leading employers that have made a long-term commitment to support education reform and improve student achievement in Maryland.


All Maryland students graduate from high school college- and career-ready and well prepared to work, lead, innovate and drive a world-class economy in Maryland.


Mobilize business and employers to play an active role in supporting education excellence, high standards, rigorous assessments and strong accountability in preK-12 education, and in demonstrating the connection between achievement in school and success in the workplace, in college and in life.

What We Do

We work to achieve meaningful, measurable and systemic improvement in schools and student achievement. Our focus is on high standards, rigorous assessments, and strong accountability.

We identify the most compelling educational issues that need to be addressed, and target our involvement where we can be most effective. Our objectives are ambitious, but we are convinced that their achievement will result in a brighter future for Maryland — its business, its citizens, and its children. More than 3,000 volunteers work with MBRT on efforts to ensure that Maryland students are well prepared to succeed in the 21st century.

We support and work to improve key elements of school reform through leadership changes in the legislature, the executive office, and State Board of Education. Over the years, our successes have been evident in improved standards, assessments, and graduation requirements. Additionally, we are leading the creation of Maryland’s STEM Innovation Network called STEMnet. It provides educators in Maryland universal access to STEM information, resources, and opportunities by establishing a virtual environment in which communities of practice emerge to promote new and innovative programs and share critical information.

Want to Partner with us?

In order to prepare students for rewarding careers and to secure the State’s economic future, moving Maryland to world-class in STEM education and workforce quality is a priority. It is increasingly apparent that all students need a strong foundation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, regardless of their career path.



  • MBRT, founded in 1992 by former Lockheed Martin CEO Norm Augustine, is the only statewide business group exclusively dedicated to strengthening K-12 education and improving student achievement and workforce preparedness.
  • Under the leadership of Board Chair David Velazquez of Pepco and Board Vice Chair Nicole Funk of Booz Allen Hamilton, MBRT is a nonprofit coalition of nearly 60 leading employers, an expansive network of more than 500 volunteers, and a staff of five dedicated to ensuring that Maryland students receive a quality education and are well prepared for productive, successful lives.
  • Working at both the policy and the grassroots levels, MBRT brings the voice of business to deliberations that shape Maryland’s future workforce and leaders.
  • Maryland employers share MBRT’s concern about the quality of the workforce pipeline and a desire to ensure a bright future for our children, our communities, and our state.
  • The Governor’s STEM Task Force – co-chaired by University System of Maryland Chancellor Brit Kirwan and former MBRT Executive Director June Streckfus in 2008 – developed 7 major recommendations to strengthen STEM teaching and learning. MBRT facilitated the creation of the STEM Innovation Network (www.thestemnet.com).
  • MBRT works in close partnership with state and local education agencies, economic and workforce development officials, and business and community organizations.
  • MBRT is a key link to Maryland’s workforce pipeline – middle and high school students.
  • MBRT presents in 7th/8th/9th grade classrooms across the state talking to students about the need for them to take and complete rigorous courses, particularly in math & science.
  • Through Maryland Scholars, MBRT reaches over 20,000 students each year and has a powerful impact on student achievement and career choices and preparation.
  • MBRT’s is funded by employers across Maryland that fit into corporate, foundation, higher education, and government categories.
“We must capture the hearts and minds of our young leaders in order to unlock the technology, innovation and potential for our future to ensure the competitive advantage of our nation.” Gloria A. Flach - Chief Operating Officer, Northrop Grumman; MBRT Board Member