Ann Kirschner is a strategic advisor, entrepreneur, and writer. The thread that runs through her diverse career is understanding the dynamic changes shaping our future, especially the impact of technology on how we work, shop, entertain, and learn. She is currently president of Comma International and University Professor at The City University of New York, and independent director of the Movado Group (MOV), Noodle Partners, Strategic Cyber Ventures, and Cricket Media. She is a Senior Advisor to the President at Arizona State University, named the most innovative university by US News & World report, and serves on the management committee of EdPlus.
Ann Kirschner serves on the advisory boards of Chegg, WorldQuant University and Break Through Tech. She co-chairs the Princeton Graduate School Leadership Council, and is a former trustee of Princeton University. She co-chairs Footsteps and serves on the board of NYC First and the Paul and Daisy Soros Foundation.
As the first digital strategist for the National Football League, Ann Kirschner co-launched NFL SUNDAY TICKET, NFL.COM, and SUPERBOWL.COM. A pioneer in e-learning, she was co-founder and CEO of FATHOM with Columbia University. She was founding co-director of the Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship (WiTNY) initiative. Her books include Sala’s Gift and Lady at the OK Corral: The True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp and her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Forward, Chronicle of Higher Education, Newsweek, and is a contributing writer to Forbes.
A graduate of the University of Buffalo and University of Virginia, Ann Kirschner received her PhD from Princeton University, where she was a Whiting Fellow in the Humanities. She is the Dean Emerita of Macaulay Honors College at CUNY.