Tamara Hudgins (far right) is the executive director of Girlstart. Credit: Contributed by Girlstart

This week’s Digital Savant column, in Tuesday’s print edition of the Statesman and on MyStatesman.com, is a short profile of Tamara Hudgins, the executive director of Girlstart, a nonprofit that keeps growing as its mission to keep girls interested in STEM continues.

Tamara was a guest on “Statesman Shots” a few weeks ago as well. You can listen to that episode, in which we discuss STEM and the challenges Girlstart faces on its current million girls mission, here.

Here’s an excerpt from the column:

On the phone last week from a vacation with her family, Hudgins said that’s been the big change at Girlstart these last few years: keeping the quality of the programs high while expanding out to other cities and increasing the number of local programs. There’s currently a 66-district waitlist for Girlstart programs in Texas, and Girlstart summer camps are full this year, with double-digit waitlists.

“Our problem is not demand,” Hudgins said. “It’s how can we say yes to more.” That means funding city expansions in advance so they’re stable before they start, staffing up and working closely with schools to identify the students who need Girlstart the most.

You can read the full column on MyStatesman.com.