P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


    Ann Kirschner

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    Ann Kirschner is president of Comma International and University Professor at The City University of New York.  An entrepreneur and board member, she is the author of Sala’s Gift: My Mother’s Holocaust Story and Lady at the OK Corral: the True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp, and a frequent speaker on innovation and education.

    As University Professor and Faculty Fellow at the Futures Initiative at the CUNY Graduate Center, she is currently teaching and writing about the impact of technology, demographics, and globalization on the future of work. 

    Her experience spans a wide range of organizations and business models.  She was the Dean of Macaulay Honors College at CUNY and Strategic Advisor to the Chancellor.  She was founding director of the Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship (WiTNY) initiative at CUNY and Cornell Tech.  She is a veteran of four start-ups in cable, satellite, and online. As the first digital strategist for the National Football League, she launched NFL.COM and SUPERBOWL.COM.  A pioneer in e-learning, she founded FATHOM with Columbia University, London School of Economics, and other leading institutions. 

    Ann Kirschner is a member of the board of directors of Noodle Partners, Strategic Cyber Ventures, and Cricket Media.  She is a trustee of Princeton University and also serves on the board of ASU EdPlus, the Paul and Daisy Soros Foundation, Footsteps, and nycFIRST.  She co-chairs the Leadership Council of the Princeton University Graduate School and is on the advisory board of WorldQuant University and MOUSE.   

    She is a graduate of University of Buffalo, University of Virginia, and received her PhD from Princeton University, where she was Whiting Fellow in the Humanities. 

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