Dr. Milton Chen is senior fellow and executive director, emeritus at The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF), a non-profit operating foundation in the San Francisco Bay Area that utilizes its multimedia website, Edutopia.org, and documentary films to communicate a new vision for 21st Century schools.
With more than 600,000 monthly visitors, Edutopia.org has become a destination for educators from around the world, interested in innovation in classroom practices.
Dr. Chen served as executive director of GLEF for 12 years and has been the founding director of the KQED Center for Education (PBS) in San Francisco, a director of research at Sesame Workshop in New York, and an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
During 2008, Dr Chen joined a class of 35 Fulbright New Century Scholars conducting research on diversity issues in education.
Milton Chen has been a trustee of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and was appointed by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to the National Park System Advisory Board to advance their role in STEM and humanities education.
Dr. Chen also serves on the board of trustees for Sesame Workshop in New York and is chairman of the Panasonic Foundation in New Jersey. His work has been honored by the Congressional Black Caucus, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Fred Rogers Award, and two Bay Area science centers, the Exploratorium and the Lawrence Hall of Science.
Dr. Chen’s 2010 book, Education Nation: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in our Schools, was selected as one of the 10 best education books that year by the American School Board Journal.
Perhaps most importantly, on his 50th birthday, Dr Milton Chen was named a Jedi Master by George Lucas.