Research & Curriculum Development

Mimi Ito, Ph.D.

Connected Learning Lab
University of California, Irvine

Mimi Ito is a cultural anthropologist, educational researcher, entrepreneur, and an advocate for connected learning—learning that is youth-centered, interest-driven, hands-on and social. She is the director of the Connected Learning Lab at the University of California, Irvine, and co-founder of Connected Camps, a nonprofit offering online project-based, social STEM learning for kids in all walks of life. Funded by the MacArthur Foundation, she led a three-year study examining youth new media practices in the US, focusing on gaming, digital media production, and Internet use.

Katie Salen Tekinbaş, Ph.D.

Connected Learning Lab
University of California, Irvine

Katie Salen Tekinbaş is a Professor of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine, a member of the Connected Learning Lab at UCI, as well as Chief Designer and co-founder of Connected Camps. She is founding Executive Director of the Institute of Play and led the design and implementation of Quest to Learn, a game-based public school in New York City. She has published widely on games, design and game culture.

Esports in Education

STEM Education

Higher Education

Anthony Saba

Samueli Academy

Anthony Saba is entering his 18th year in education and is currently the Executive Director of Samueli Academy, a high-performing STEAM charter high school in Santa Ana. A consummate believer in 21st Century education, he has seen first hand the positive impacts an Esports program can have on high school students and is eager to continue capturing students' love for gaming as a means to help ensure future college and career success. He is honored to work alongside so many forward-thinkers in the North America Scholastic Esports Federation.

Edgar Dormitorio

UC Irvine

Edgar Dormitorio serves as Interim Vice Chancellor at the University of California, Irvine. Prior to his current role, he served as Chief of Staff and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, as well as the Assistant Dean of Students. With over 20 years of experience in higher education, Dormitorio works closely with senior leadership to manage the Division of Student Affairs that includes 34 departments, approximately 1,100 employees and 2,000 student employees. The UCI Esports program is housed and supported within Student Affairs.


Laylah Bulman

Florida Scholastic Esports League

Laylah Bulman is the enterprise director for LEGO Education and a LEAD STEM Fellow, responsible for LEGO Education’s STEM + CS efforts across Florida and the national STEM Learning Ecosystems.  Most recently, she has launched the Florida Scholastic Esports League, an affiliate of the North American Scholastic Esports Federation, to expand opportunities in STEM careers through the ecosystems framework. She began her career in the US Embassy in Mexico City, working on science and environmental policy and then moved into K12, working as a teacher, administrator and STEM ecosystem partner, focusing on the effective implementation and sustainability of creative education technologies for classroom innovation. She is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Public and International Affairs and a graduate of The University of Virginia.

Hiroyuki "Nitro" Naito 

Japan High School Esports Federation

Hiro Naito has extensive experiences in the fields of sports business, international business development and Public Relations internationally working in Sunny Side Up, Inc., Athletes Dream Management Inc, and Manchester Monarchs (Professional Ice Hockey Team) / Anschutz Entertainment Group. 

Core Competencies in career backgrounds are to enhance management of sporting events and organizational leaderships and to specialize in domestic / international business development by utilizing methods of promotion and public relations.

Randy Stude

Werkit Media

Randy Stude is NASEF's Growth Consultant. He is working with large school districts to adopt NASEF.  Randy is also working with strategic partners to help with technology hurdles to clear the way for all students who want to learn and participate in their school's esports club to do so. Randy is the founder of Werkit Media an Esports Consultancy.  

Federation Formation & Overview

Gerald Solomon

Samueli Foundation

Gerald Solomon serves as the Executive Director for the Samueli Foundation, overseeing Samueli Philanthropy. Prior to this position, Mr. Solomon served as President & CEO of Public Health Foundation Enterprises (PHFE) for seven years where he transformed the organization from an LA-centric provider of funding and services into national prominence.

Mr. Solomon offers a diverse executive leadership background, having served as President and CEO of several highly successful and nationally recognized non-profit and for-profit organizations. He currently serves as chair of the Orange County STEM Initiative, co-lead for the National STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative, and co-chair emeritus of the National STEM Funders Network.