John G. Palfrey

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Leadership, Policy, and Communications
Scientific, Cultural, and Nonprofit Leadership
An educator, scholar, innovator, law professor, and leader of nonprofit organizations, he was a tenured professor at the Harvard Law School, executive director of Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, and head of school at Phillips Academy where he created the Tang Institute to reform and democratize excellent teaching and learning. He is a founding leader of the Digital Public Library of America. With expertise in intellectual property law, the social dimensions of internet usages, libraries and their future, he has authored or co-authored six books. On the board (and past chair) of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, he became president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, one of the nation's largest philanthropies.
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