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Rane Johnson-Stempson

Principal Research Director


Rane Johnson-Stempson is a Principal Research Director, where she engages with academics worldwide and identifies high-impact areas for research investigations. She is currently working on projects that teach middle and high school girls programming and how technology can help us eradicate human trafficking.



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Rane Johnson


Microsoft Research



Rane is also the lead for growing, attracting and retaining women in research, science and engineering. She is actively working with NCWIT, Anita Borg, AAUW, CRA-W, IEEE-WIE, ACM-W and researchers on how to grow the pipeline of women in research, science and engineering. She has been selected to sit on Whitehouse committees to focus on how technology can stop the commercial sex trafficking of minors and technology inclusion for under-represented minorities in STEM. Previously, as the WW Director of Education Strategy she was responsible for multi-stakeholder partnerships, Cisco-Intel-Microsoft Alliance, World Economic Forum- Global Education Initiative, Fast Track Initiative-Private Constituency and helping our local teams around the world use the power of technology as an accelerator to transform education to meet local government priorities to drive economic and workforce development in the 21st century.

After 11 years at Microsoft, Rane has held a variety of positions. She started as an Public Sector Global Account Manager, Server and Tools Core Infrastructure Field Liaison, CEE Regional Core Infrastructure Product Manager, and CEE Regional Leader responsible for developing and supporting the mission in helping all IT Professional and IT Managers in CEE to reach their full potential. She is experienced leader in managing global technical teams, marketing, social media, brand, sales, business development & strategy, and turn around organizational development.

Rane is very passionate about education and technology with eighteen years of experience. She has served as the Executive Director of California Skills USA-VICA, IT Project Manager for Guidant Corporation, Middle School Math and Science Teacher and IT Director for the San Francisco Unified School District. She has sat on the boards of top Education non-profits, on legislative committees and task forces. Rane is a graduate of Bucknell University with a BS Mechanical Engineering, BA Economics/Finance, and George Fox University with an Executive MBA in Transformational Leadership.

Rane spends a lot of her free time and energy focused on working with young women and students of color to help them reach their full potential in careers in Science, Technology and Engineering. In her free time, she loves the outdoors, outdoor sports, spending time with her puppy, traveling, playing with tech gadgets and working with students& entrepreneurs in Bend,OR. She is an advisory board member and chair of the Women’s Leadership committee for University Washington’s Informatics Program, on the executive council for ACM-W, advisory board for Anita Borg Institute and advisor to AAUW’s Moving the Needle: Women in Science and Engineering Research. Her research interests lie in technology implications in reaching education for all, technology and the interplay of public-private partnerships in solving our greatest social problems and technology innovations required to engage student learning.