Director of the Mason Game & Technology Academy (MGTA), CVPA
Virginia Serious Game Institute
Campus: Science & Technology, 10900 University Blvd., Manassas, VA 20109
Building: Katherine Johnson Hall. 147M, MSN 1J2
Ms. Vera Lichtenberg is the founding Director of the VSGI’s Mason Game & Technology Academy (MGTA), one of the largest youth STEM programs in the U.S., hosting students and school teachers on Mason campuses each summer from around the globe. As Director of MGTA, Ms. Lichtenberg was honored with a Business Partnership of the Year Award in both 2015 and 2018, by the Prince William County School System for innovative school partnerships that provided student workshops and teacher training in Game Design and programming. Ms. Lichtenberg also received a Virginia School Board Commendation for her support of schools and students in Virginia. She was also a finalist in the Small Business / Entrepreneur category for the 16th Annual Women in Technology (WIT) Leadership Awards.
In 2019, MGTA received a prestigious grant from the Jack Kent Cook Foundation, to provide scholarships for students to attend MGTA. Ms. Lichtenberg has brought multiple established relationships in the mid-Atlantic region’s technology, arts, philanthropic, and public and private education communities. She has over fifteen years of administrative and managerial experience developing major new organizations, building strategic and tactical partnerships, and managing multiple cutting-edge national and international projects. Her professional activities include several years designing and coordinating international training programs and policy briefings for the International Research & Exchanges Board, in conjunction with multiple U.S. government agencies including USAID, USIA, and the U.S. Department of State.