Stewart Mader is connecting people. He has built a new digital news and information delivery platform for Fitch, used digital and social media to connect journalists, policy makers, and professional investors with CFA Institute, piloted podcasting with Apple and Brown University, and helped Atlassian grow from a small startup in Australia to a worldwide software company. Drawing on his experience advising Family Health International, ICANN, MARS, SAP, and the World Bank-International Finance Corporation, Stewart wrote Wikipatterns, a book on using collaboration tools to improve communication and productivity.
Stewart has used social media to build Subway NY NJ, a growing advocacy community for transit and pedestrian safety improvements, including a New York & New Jersey Subway Map that shows all rapid transit options in the NY & NJ urban core, regardless of state boundaries. He co-founded the PATH Riders Council, an advisory body for the subway system connecting NY & NJ. As chair of PRC, he has worked with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, and communities on both sides of the Hudson River to increase service frequency for the fast-growing ridership, improve the information available to the public about ongoing work to improve service, and introduce an updated PATH map with subway and rail connections.
Earlier in his career, Stewart taught chemistry and produced documentary films to share stories that can help students envision the possibilities for careers in science. Funded by grants from NASA, he produced films on the SOFIA space telescope jointly built by NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), and on spectroscopy, the use of the light spectrum in science, medicine, research, and everyday life. He holds an M.S. in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology from University at Albany, and a B.S. in Chemistry, Magna Cum Laude, from University of Hartford.