Carlos Contreras, Intel Corporation
Carlos Contreras is the U.S education manager at Intel Corporation. Trained as an engineer, Contreras began his career as process engineer for Procter & Gamble paper products, where he made Bounty paper towels and Charmin toilet paper for the West Coast. Following his work at Procter & Gamble, he went to graduate school at the Thunderbird American Graduate School of International Management. This led to work in finance. After working for 10 years in finance at Intel Corporation, he moved to Intel’s Corporate Affairs as a regional education manager. In this capacity, Contreras worked hands-on with others to create and implement programs that improved access to math, science, and technology education. As U.S. education manager for Intel, Contreras develops the Intel U.S. education strategy, working with others to drive education policy change at the national level. He oversees Intel’s education programs in the United States, which include grants to encourage excellence in math, science, and engineering in K–12 as well as higher education and use of technology in the classroom. He has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Arizona and a master’s in business from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management.