Amelia Kalant has led STEP since its inception in 2016, helping to develop its training programs and building its capacity. She has a background in academic and industry research, and in teaching. Prior to completing her graduate studies she worked in the nonprofit sector on development education programs. She earned her M.A. from McGill University in Montreal, and her PhD from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. She serves on the Montgomery County Workforce Development Board, and on the WorkSource Montgomery Board.