Roya Maroufkhani Dennis is our Career Pathways Manager and is responsible for our internship program and our work in the education ecosystem. Roya coordinates all things internship and coaches interns throughout their time with our portfolio companies. She drives our strategic outreach in the education ecosystem: convenes our Hawaiiloa ecosySTEM Cabinet and fosters collaboration and partnerships with STEM leaders, teachers, and innovation thought partners throughout Hawai’i.

Prior to Elemental Excelerator

Roya has worked in Hawaiʻi’s community college system schools for 15 years as an instructor, workforce development coordinator, and professional development coordinator. A proud graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Masters of Curriculum in Education, Roya’s work with students has always focused on helping students to develop a growth mindset and reach their highest self. E kūlia i ka nu‘u. Strive to reach the highest.

Outside of the office

You can find Roya in her garden, taking her dog for long walks, hosting a gaggle of teenagers, and enjoying the ocean waters that keep our community whole.