ABOUT Shari Liss


As Executive Director, SEMI Foundation, Shari is the driving force of the SEMI Strategic Initiatives for Workforce Development. Specifically, she will provide leadership to the SEMI Foundation from programs to attract and fill the global electronics industry talent pipeline to fund raising and sustainability.   She is also responsible for leading our Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.

Shari comes to us from IGNITED, where she had worked since 2000 and served as the Chief Executive Officer for the past 5 years.  IGNITED’s “mission is to connect business leaders and scientists with teachers to transform the classroom experience, inspiring students to become the next generation of innovators.”  To this end, Shari recruited, trained and placed more than 400 educators in Summer Fellowships at top companies for trans-formative professional development and return to the classroom better skilled to grow STEM talent pool and workforce pipelines.  Prior to IGNITED, Shari piloted an alternative high school for at-risk students, taught college calculus and developed a mathematics program to serve both gifted and challenged students in the Bay Area.

Shari received a Bachelor of Science, Mathematics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master of Science, Mathematics from the State University of New York at Albany.