Milton Chen

Milton ChenSenior Fellow and Director Emeritus
The George Lucas Educational Foundation

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, to communicate a new vision for 21st Century schools. He served as executive director of GLEF for 12 years. Edutopia.org is known as a destination Web site for educators interested in educational innovation and has won numerous honors, including a Webby People's Voice Award for best education website. Edutopia.org's traffic averages more than 1.5 million unique visits per month.

Prior to joining GLEF, Dr. Chen served for 10 years as the founding director of the KQED Center for Education (PBS) in San Francisco. He has also been a director of research at Sesame Workshop in New York, helping develop Sesame Street, The Electric Company, and 3-2-1 Contact. Dr. Chen has been an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Fulbright New Century Scholar.

Dr. Chen serves as chairman of the Panasonic Foundation in New Jersey, which supports superintendent leadership and equity work in districts, and the Games and Learning Publishing Council at Sesame Workshop, a Gates Foundation-supported activity. He is a member of advisory board for the National Park Service, advancing their work in environmental and history education.

Dr. Chen's career has been honored by the Elmo Award from Sesame Workshop, the Fred Rogers Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Congressional Black Caucus, the Association of Educational Service Agencies, and two science centers in the Bay Area, The Exploratorium and the Lawrence Hall of Science. His 2010 book, Education Nation: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in our Schools, was named as one of the 10 best education books of the year by the American School Board Journal.

Perhaps most importantly, on his 50th birthday, Dr. Chen was named a Jedi Master by George Lucas!