Welcome from the Executive Director

On behalf of all of us at the North America Scholastic Esports Federation, welcome to our unique opportunity to connect you “play and passion with purpose." NASEF represents an innovative approach to evidence-based project-based learning through the lens of esports, in a virtual world.

People often ask how I got involved with esports. My response is rather simple. I have spent over two decades devoting my time and effort to making a difference in the lives of children, and their families. My journey began as the CEO of a national public health foundation where my focus was on ensuring access and equity in all things related to individual and community health and wellness.

Following nearly eight (8) years at the helm of that foundation, I became the Executive Director of the Samueli Foundation and was honored to lead their global philanthropy for nearly 13 years. The Foundation’s philanthropic efforts focused as well on health and wellness, and also on education, particularly STEM/STEAM… Science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The Foundation offered a holistic approach to supporting youth development through these lenses. After a decade of work, and significant introspection into the investments made, it became clear that we were not reaching the unengaged and disenfranchised, and, in particular, students of color and girls, at the level needed.

It was at that point that I began researching for new alternatives and quite literally stumbled upon the concept of esports. The research overwhelmingly demonstrated that those we were wanting to reach were playing games, both competitively and casually. It struck me that using esports as a “trojan horse” to engage them through play, and through the formation of a “Club” as a community gathering place where they could feel safe and explore their future, was what I was looking for. From this, NASEF was born, a place where high school and middle school students could have fun, play, learn and grow using a California state credentialed curriculum that connects esports with the STEM/STEAM skills they would need to thrive in today’s and tomorrow’s workforce.

Now, several years later, NASEF has become the pre-eminent global leader where our children can feel safe, play, learn and grow in a community that values who they are and how they explore their sense of self during their adolescent journey.

Take a moment and see what NASEF is about, come join, and enjoy your journey!

Good Luck and Have Fun,

Gerald Solomon
Founder & Executive Director
North America Scholastic Esports Federation

Chairman of the Board

Todd Harris

Board of Directors

Clint Kennedy

Dr. Brooke Haag

Mark "Garvey" Candella

Yoichi Hosoi

Board Advisory Council

Ryan Johnson

Dr. Constance Steinkuehler

Laylah Bulman

Technical Advisor

Erik Leitner

Technical Advisor - Minecraft & Competition


Jorrel Batac

Director of Scholastic Fellows Program

Angie Batth

Marketing Coordinator

Kevin Brown

Global Director of Education and Training

Tyler Cicciarelli

Director of Ambassadors Program & Discord Community Co-Manager

Nabil Ismail

Chief Technology Officer

Claire LaBeaux

Director of Communications and Marketing

Carolyn Navarro

Administrative Support & Discord Community Co-Manager

Bethany Pyles

Coaching Coordinator