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John Palfrey

Advisor Greater Boston Area, US

Head of School, Phillips Academy and Chair Board of Trustees, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Harvard grad.

Head of School, Phillips Academy and Chair Board of Trustees, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Harvard grad.

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Digital Public Library of America
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John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Positions

Head of School Phillips Academy July 2012 - present
Chair Board of Trustees John S. and James L. Knight Foundation September 2011 - present
President, Board of Directors Digital Public Library of America October 2012 - April 2015
Principal Investigator OpenNet Initiative January 2003 - April 2013
Venture Executive Highland Capital Partners December 2007 - June 2012
Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law and Vice Dean, Library and Information Resources Harvard Law School August 2002 - June 2012
Associate Ropes & Gray LLP 2001 - 2002

Education

Harvard Law School 1998 - 2001
University of Cambridge Historical Studies (Pembroke College) 1996 - 1997
Harvard University History & Literature 1990 - 1994
Phillips Exeter Academy 1986 - 1990

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Markets of Interest
  • • Media
  • • Education
  • • In-classroom learning (K-12)
  • • Youth Leadership
  • • Higher Education
  • • News

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Mark Lemley
partner, Durie Tangri LLP and William H. Neukom Professor, Stanford Law School. Stanford grad.
Bob Litan
Chief Economist, Patent Properties, Inc. and Non-resident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution. Yale grad. Yale grad.
He's got great experience, is smart, knows IT backwards and forwards and is a great leader
Urs Gasser
We worked together  •  Professor of Practice, Harvard Law School and Visiting Professor, Keio University.
John Palfrey is simply amazing and one of my most favorite people in the world. He is simultaneously a true visionary, outstanding leader, a ... nd effective doer. Over the past decade, I have had the great privilege to benefit extensively from John’s excellent advice on a broad range of professional matters. He is a constant source of inspiration and has a unique ability to handle even the most complex and challenging situations not only effectively, but always elegantly. Among colleagues who have had the pleasure to work with John, we often ask in important moments: “What would JP do in a situation like this?” I can’t recommend John strongly enough as a trusted advisor and collaborator.

Urs Gasser
We worked together  •  Professor of Practice, Harvard Law School and Visiting Professor, Keio University.
Urs is brilliant, fun, and completely trustworthy. He is also incredibly hard-working. I don't know a person out there today who is workin ... g in our field and who is more cosmopolitan and global in outlook than Urs. For a founder seeking a partner to advise and guide a growing company, Urs would be a terrific match. I'm proud to vouch for him after working closely together for more than a decade. Urs will add value to any partnership, without question.