About the Center

National Advisors

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Sandra L. Calvert, Ph.D.

Dr. Calvert is Chair and Professor of the Department of Psychology at Georgetown University and the Director of the Children’s Digital Media Center, a multi-site interdisciplinary research Center funded by the National Science Foundation. Sandra authored Children’s Journeys through the Information Age and co-edited Children in the Digital Age: Influences … 







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Milton Chen, Ph.D.

Dr. Chen Senior Fellow of The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF), a nonprofit operating foundation that utilizes media, especially its multimedia website Edutopia.org, award-winning magazine, Edutopia: The New World of Learning and documentary films, to communicate a new vision for 21st century schools. Prior to joining GLEF in 1998, Dr. … 







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Josh Cohen

Josh Cohen is the Managing Partner of City Light Capital, a firm that he co-founded in 2004. He is currently on the Board of Rotomotion and is an Observer to the Boards of 2Tor, ImageSpan and ShotSpotter. He was formerly an Observer to the Board of Arxceo before it was … 







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Stephen DeBerry

Mr. DeBerry invests in vehicles that align strong financial returns with positive social impact. He is a partner at Kapor Capital and the founder and Chief Investment Officer at Bronze Investments. Before joining Kapor Capital, Stephen was an Investment Director at Omidyar Network, the mission-based investment firm started by eBay … 







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Allison Druin, Ph.D.

Dr. Druin is Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab and an Associate Professor in the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies. Since 1998, she has led interdisciplinary research teams of librarians, educational researchers, computer scientists, artists, classroom teachers, and children to create new educational technologies for elementary-aged school children. … 







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James Paul Gee, Ph.D.

Dr. Gee is the Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies at Arizona State University. His book Sociolinguistics and Literacies was one of the founding documents in the formation of the “New Literacy Studies,” an interdisciplinary field devoted to studying language, learning, and literacy in an integrated way in … 







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Alan Gershenfeld

Mr. Gershenfeld has spent the last twenty-five years at the intersection of entertainment, technology, and social entrepreneurship. He is currently Founder and President of E-Line Media, a publisher of digital entertainment that engages and empowers — with a core focus on computer/video games and webcomics. Prior to E-Line, Alan was … 







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Sharon Lynn Kagan, Ed.D.

Sharon Lynn Kagan is the Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Early Childhood and Family Policy, Co-Director of the National Center for Children and Families, and Associate Dean for Policy at Teachers College, Columbia University and Professor Adjunct at Yale University’s Child Study Center. Kagan is a frequent consultant to … 







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Delia Pompa

Delia Pompa is Senior Fellow for Education Policy at MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy where her work focuses on research and policy analysis related to improving educational services for immigrant students and English Language Learners (ELLs). Ms. Pompa came to MPI from the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), where … 







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Nichole Pinkard, Ph.D.

Nichole Pinkard is an Associate Professor in the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University in Chicago. She is the founder of Digital Youth Network, a hybrid digital literacy program that has supported hundreds of Chicago youth in developing 21st century media literacy skills. With support from the …