Milton Chen

    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,, and documentary films to communicate a new vision for 21st Century education. He served as executive director of GLEF for 12 years from 1998 to 2010. Prior to coming to GLEF, Chen served as the founding director of the KQED Center for Education (PBS) in San Francisco, a director of research at Sesame Workshop in New York, helping develop Sesame Street, The Electric Company, and 3-2-1 Contact. He has been an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and, during 2007-08, was one of 35 Fulbright New Century Scholars conducting research on access and diversity issues in education. Dr. Chen serves as chairman of the Panasonic Foundation in New Jersey, which supports superintendent leadership and district improvement. He is also a member of the National Park System Advisory Board, advancing the agency’s work in STEM and multicultural history education. Milton lives in San Francisco with his wife, Dr. Ruth Cox, Faculty Liaison for Academic Technology at San Francisco State University. Their daughter, Maggie, is a resident in family medicine at UCSF. He enjoys running, golf, yoga, and tennis, but fears he is destined to be mediocre at all of them. Perhaps most importantly, on his 50th birthday, Dr. Chen was named a Jedi Master by George Lucas!