Annalies Corbin

Annalies Corbin, Ph.D. Founder

Founder, President & CEO - The PAST Foundation


Annalies Corbin, Chief Goddess of the PAST FoundationDr. Annalies Corbin is a nationally recognized researcher, speaker, author and foremost expert connecting scientific research with education and business and industry within communities. Affectionately called, the Chief Goddess, Annalies has spent more than 20 years as Founder, President and CEO of the PAST Foundation – an educational non-profit organization. She is also the host of the widely popular Learning Unboxed podcast series that explores positive disruption in teaching, learning and the future of work.

Housed within the PAST Innovation Lab, PAST is a hub for innovation. PAST connects education, industry and diverse communities to problem solve for the future while inspiring life-long learning. PAST Innovation Lab is the educational R&D facility that supports students, educator, businesses and community members as they come together to create meaningful programs and experiences.

There are four distinct phases of PAST’s evolving mission.

  • Original fieldwork with masters students and teachers to bridge the gap between education and real-world problem solving.
  • Embedded research and development and design and strategy in Ohio’s first STEM designated Early College High School.
  • Expansion of informal Applied STEM programs across Ohio and multiple states to accelerate the awareness and integration of Applied STEM education and industry partnerships.
  • Creating opportunity within PAST to build communities of practice around Educator Programs and STEM Integration, Professional Development for teachers on site and online, Ethnographic Research and Evaluation, and continuous innovation in informal programs for students, teachers, schools and communities.

An expert on transformative and STEM education, Annalies has been an invited speaker for several major initiatives, conferences and professional development trainings including: panelist and moderator for the Columbus Metropolitan Club, keynote speaker at several conferences, panelist at the CCAD, speaker at the Works and many more.

Dr. Corbin earned her Doctor of Philosophy, History and Historical Archaeology from the University of Idaho, her Masters of Arts Degree, Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology from East Carolina University, and her Bachelor of Science, Anthropology from University of South Dakota. Her experiences as a university professor and scholarly researcher focuses on archaeology, history and education.             

She has authored numerous academic publications, book chapters, articles and educational curricula and has been selected for many awards including the Smart 50 in Ohio for excellence in innovation, the White House Summit on High School redesign, STEM 2026 excellence in Innovation by the U.S. Department of Education, and the Clinton Global Initiative 2015 to name a few.

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An expert on transformative and STEM education, Annalies has been an invited speaker for several major initiatives, conferences and professional development trainings including: panelist and moderator for the Columbus Metropolitan Club, keynote speaker at several conferences, panelist at the CCAD, speaker at the Works and many more.