ATC Foundation Executive Director Suzanne Kho, courtesy photo ATC

ATC Foundation Executive Director Suzanne Kho, courtesy photo ATC

The Austin Technology Council announced Wednesday that it has hired Suzanne Kho as its executive director of the ATC Foundation.

In that role, Kho will oversee partnerships and programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, known as STEM. She will also focus on fundraising and other community initiatives in Austin and Central Texas.

ATC, which represents 1,600 technology executives and 280 technology companies, did a research report that shows the city needs to fill up to 3,500 technology jobs through 2024. ATC is looking at ways to connect members of its tech community to Austin to youth to encourage them to pursue STEM careers. The ATC created the Austin Technology Foundation in 2011 to help with that mission.

Kho has more than 25 years of experience with nonprofit organizations. She previously served as executive director of EarthShare of Texas. She has also worked at Beyond Batten Disease Foundation, the Livestrong Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts and the University of Pennsylvania.

“We’re facing a tech talent shortage in Austin, and with the addition of Suzanne to the team, we are confident that the ATC Foundation will take a critical step towards igniting the spark to inspire Austin youth to pursue STEM careers,” Julie Huls, President of the Austin Technology Council, said in a news release.