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Elisabeth Sylvan

Managing Director

Elisabeth Sylvan joined the Berkman Klein Center as Managing Director in 2019.

Most recently Lis ran her own consulting practice through which she created programs for learning in makerspaces, digital citizenship, and data literacy. Her clients included Stanford Graduate School of Education, the Bay Area Discovery Museum, the Computer History Museum, The Lynch School at Boston College, and the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. Before she was a full-time consultant, Lis was the Vice President of Education at The Tech Museum in Silicon Valley (now The Tech Interactive), a Fellow and Director of Learning and Community at the opensource science tools nonprofit, Manylabs, and a Research Scientist at the education R&D firm, TERC.

Lis has a Master's and PhD from the MIT Media Lab, where her work addressed how sociotechnical systems support shared knowledge and group action, and a BS in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University.

After six years living in the SF Bay Area, Lis enjoys exploring old haunts with fresh eyes.

Projects & Tools

The Ethics of Digitalization

Led by the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), the Berkman Klein Center, and the Digital Asia Hub, and in collaboration with the Global Network of… More


Dec 17, 2020

BKC Policy Practice on AI Hosts Expert Review of Colombia’s AI Ethical Framework with Focus on Youth

Colombia President Iván Duque Márquez launches AI framework; BKC’s Urs Gasser delivers keynote

Colombia President Iván Duque Márquez launches AI framework; BKC’s Urs Gasser delivers keynote More

Apr 29, 2020

Berkman Klein expands communications, public programming, and community efforts

Joy A. Lo and Lance Eaton join BKC staff, Rebecca Tabasky promoted to Director of Community

Two hires will help shape the future of BKC’s educational programming, outreach, and public messaging. More

Jul 31, 2019

Elisabeth Sylvan joins Berkman Klein Center as Managing Director

Sylvan brings a wealth of experiences, perspectives, skills, and networks to BKC More


Beaumont Enterprise

Elisabeth Sylvan on public schools and distance learning

BKC's managing director weighs in on the challenges that school districts face

Mar 14, 2020