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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
Special District

Altadena Library DistrictCandidate for Board of Trustees

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Dawn Mooney Digrius

NonProfit Executive Director
4,758 votes (18.7%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Community: Foster good community relations with the people of Altadena Library District.
  • Transparency: Ensure that all actions are transparent and open.
  • Sustainability: Maintain a sustainable budget that includes maintenance, upgrades, access, and quality programming.



Profession:Executive Director, Non Profit Sector
Executive Director, STEM Advantage (2017–current)
Senior Project Manager, STEM Collaboratives, California State University, Office of the Chancellor (2014–2016)
Assistant Professor of History/History of Science, Stevens Institute of Technology (2009–2014)
Visiting Lecturer, Clemson University (2008–2009)
Visiting Assistant Professor, Drew University (2007–2008)


Drew University PhD, European Intellectual History/History of Science (2007)
Drew University MPhil, European Intellectual History/History of Science (2005)
Drew University BA with honors, Summa cum laude, Anthropology/Archaeology (1999)
Raritan Valley Community College AA with High Honors, Liberal Arts/Humanities (1997)

Community Activities

Member, Rotary Club of Altadena (2018–current)
Member, Sand Dollars of Huntington Beach (2017–current)
Ms California America 2019, Ms America Pageant (2018–current)
Ms Greater California 2018, Ms America Pageant (2017–2018)
Advocacy Chair, Junior League of Long Beach (2016–2017)


Dr. Dawn Mooney Digrius has worked in higher education for the past fourteen years, committed to ensuring that all have access to and participate in a quality education. She is Executive Director for STEM Advantage, a 501c3 that provides scholarships, mentors, and facilitates paid, full-time summer internships in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) to students enrolled at the five California State University Campuses in the Greater Los Angeles Area (CSUDH, CSULB, CSULA, CSUN, Cal Poly Pomona). Prior to working for STEM Advantage, Dr. Mooney Digrius was Assistant Professor of History at Stevens Institute of Technology (2009-2014) and Senior Project Manager for the STEM Collaboratives Project (2014-2016), a $4.64 million initiative to close achievement gaps and increase persistence in STEM. She holds a PhD from Drew University with Distinction, an MPhil in History of Science, and a BA with Honors, Summa cum laude in Anthropology. 

Dr. Mooney Digrius has presented at local, regional, national, and international conferences including the History of Science Society, the Association of College Honor Societies, the British Society for the History of Science, The Pacific Southwest Section of the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Society for Environmental History, the Society for American Archaeology, the United Nations Headquarters, and at the Rio+20 Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

Her volunteer work on Boards such as the Raritan Valley Community College Board of Trustees, the Business/Higher Education Forum, the Reading Apprenticeship Community College STEM Network Advisory Board, all provide the necessary expertise to serve as a Trustee for the Altadena Library District. Dr. Mooney Digrius has held leadership roles in every organization that she has participated in and believes strongly in committing to excellence and engagement in all that one does. Dawn has mentored countless students over her more than a decade long career in education; she is passionate about ensuring that all citizens have access to a quality and equitable education. 

Dr. Mooney Digrius lives in Altadena with her fiance, Robert and her daughter, Heather, who is pursuing a Masters in Education and Teaching Credential at Cal State Los Angeles. Dawn is an active member of the Altadena Rotary Club and volunteers in her community. 

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (1)

  • National Womens Political Caucus-Greater Pasadena Area

Individuals (1)

  • Rhonda Raulston

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My political philosphy reflects my deep understanding of Enlightenment philosophy as an historian of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. I am a strong believer that access to information empowers individuals and prepares them to deal with complexity, diversity, and change. A transparent government is critical to democracy and is necessary to maintain strong engagement between the public and the private. 

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