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Marc Lesser

Vice President, Research & Technology

Marc is an experienced specialist in the fields of digital learning and youth development with broad experience designing programming and learning environments in local and national contexts. He leads a leading edge team of researchers and technologist at NAF (formerly National Academy Foundation).

In 2017 Marc was the first Youth Studies Practitioner Fellow at City University of New York (CUNY). His podcast, No Such Thing, downloaded in over 60 countries, is about "the promise and reality of learning with technology." Marc has served as an advisor to research, policy, and practice in education for National Science Foundation, Mozilla, Microsoft Partners in Education, MacArthur Foundation and more. In 2017 he was named to the Task Force for Broadening Participation in STEM by CAISE, the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education.

Marc holds a Master’s degree from NYU’s Educational Communication & Technology program, is co-founder of Emoti-Con NYC, New York’s largest Youth Digital Media and Technology Festival and, in 2012, was named a National School Boards Association “20-to-Watch” among national leaders in education and technology. His experience is shaped by previous roles as an educator, trainer, and grants manager in the area of arts, media, and technology education.

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Events featuring Marc Lesser
Events featuring Marc Lesser