Academy Award Nominated Carie Lemack to Head DreamUp

Carie Lemack

DreamUp is pleased to announce Carie Lemack as CEO and cofounder.

A Note From Carie:

I am absolutely thrilled to be joining DreamUp as a cofounder and Chief Executive Officer..  My dreams of space began when I turned six years old, the day the space shuttle Colombia safely landed at Edwards Air Force Base.  My father gave me a globe as a birthday gift, and I decided then and there that I wanted to go into space as soon as possible.

So far, I’ve remained Earth-bound.  But I did go to U.S. Space Camp and U.S. Space Academy a total of four times, and even became a counselor at U. S. Space Camp California when it opened at Moffett Field.

After life intervened, my dream of space was put on hold and I entered the homeland and national security fields, conceiving of and running two organizations that gave voices to everyday citizens and provided narratives to counter violent extremism.  One of our most high-profile achievements was the creation of a documentary film that was ultimately nominated for an Academy Award. We didn’t win, but our message was heard.

I recently decided to make a change, follow my childhood dream, and find a way to inspire and equip the next generation of innovators and explorers.  What better organization to do that than DreamUp, the only company launching students’ work into space?  And I won’t have to wait long to see the results – 9 student experiments are scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral next week.

For students today, the dream of space is closer now more than ever, as DreamUp brings space into classrooms, and classrooms into space.  As we grow, I hope you’ll join us in bringing the opportunity to conduct research in space to more students and entrepreneurs across the country and around the globe.  Whether through strategic partnerships with the educational community or increased access to opportunities in space, DreamUp will ensure that each student interested in making a scientific impact has the access to space to do so.  I can’t wait to work with you to turn your idea into reality in space.

About Carie:

An experienced innovator skilled in conceiving and building ideas into globally-recognized organizations, Carie Lemack has more than a decade of experience in entrepreneurial endeavors, advocacy and security policy. Currently the Cofounder and CEO of DreamUp, an organization bringing space into the classroom and the classroom into space, she focuses on spearheading programs and partnerships to inspire the next generation of innovators and explorers.

Lemack co-founded Global Survivors Network, an organization for victims of terror to speak out against terrorism and radicalization. She coordinated and inspired events globally and produced an Academy Award-nominated documentary film, Killing in the Name.  In 2001, she co-founded and led Families of September 11.

Carie has testified before Congress and been interviewed repeatedly on national and international media outlets, including CNN, BBC, NPR, Fox News, al Jazeera, “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. She authored opinion pieces that ran in The Washington Post, USA Today, The Boston Globe and The Guardian, among others.

Before entering the non-profit sector, Carie worked at technology companies.  She spearheaded the creation of both a tech recruiting start-up (managing the marquee client and the Boston office of a technology incubator.

Lemack received a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government after receiving an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. She graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science degree in symbolic systems. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Senior Fellow at GW’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, serves on the Homeland Security Advisory Council and the Space Camp Alumni Advancement Board, and remains a lifelong member of Red Sox nation.


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