About

Background / Bio

After years of work in media, technology, and memory institutions (all areas of abiding interest), I began devoting most of my time and attention to philanthropy. I joined the MacArthur Foundation in 2011 to build what became the Discovery grants program, and have since worked in the Foundation’s American Democracy, Philanthropy, and 100&Change programs. Currently, I’m serving as vice president, knowledge management at Lever for Change, a new MacArthur affiliate that operates 100&Change. Previous to my time at MacArthur, I worked for organizations focused on digital media and innovation, including UC Berkeley’s School of Information Management and Systems, the Internet Archive, the Netherlands Institute of Sound and Vision, and the Preserving Digital Public Television Project at Thirteen/WNET. In the 1990s, I worked as a journalist covering new technology, and co-founded a Silicon Valley startup, Omniva, which was funded by venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins. I currently serve on the boards of the Kahle/Austin Foundation, which supports access to digital information; Humanity 2050, which explores challenges of complexity and the human future; and QuestionCopyright.org, a Chicago-based organization supporting free culture and expression.

Contact

Jeff Ubois

P.O. Box 69

Chicago, IL 60690-0069

j @ u b o i s . c o m

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