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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.


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


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