Thane Kreiner.jpgThane Kreiner: 8 a.m. and Noon Ceremonies

Thane Kreiner, PhD, is Executive Director of Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Howard & Alida Charney University Professor at Santa Clara University, the Jesuit university in Silicon Valley. Miller Center helps social enterprises serving the poor and protecting the planet scale their impact by engaging them with Silicon Valley mentors. Through its Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®) programs, Miller Center has worked with over 570 social enterprises in 65 countries, which have collectively impacted the lives of over 160 million people worldwide. Thane teaches Entrepreneurship for Social Justice and two courses for Miller Center’s Global Social Benefit Fellowship, which engages high-potential undergraduates in action research projects that help social enterprises scale.

Before joining Miller Center in 2010, Thane was Founder, President, and CEO of Second Genome (previously Phylotech), a microbiome analysis company; Founder, President, and CEO of Presage Biosciences, Inc., focused on bringing better cancer drugs to market; and start-up President and CEO of iPierian (formerly iZumi Bio, Inc.), a regenerative medicine venture acquired in 2014 by Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Prior to his endeavors as a “parallel entrepreneur”, Thane spent 14 years in senior leadership roles at Affymetrix, Inc., the DNA chip industry pioneer acquired by Thermo Fisher in 2016.

Thane earned his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1994; his Ph.D. in Neurosciences from Stanford University School of Medicine in 1988; and his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Texas, Austin in 1983.



Jennifer Kotler ClarkeJennifer Kotler Clarke: 3:30 p.m. Ceremony

Jennifer Kotler Clarke is the Vice President of Content Research & Evaluation at Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street and other educational programs for children. Dr. Kotler Clarke is responsible for research planning and creating logic models in order to maximize the impact of Sesame Workshop’s content across the globe. She oversees research design, methodology, assessment and data analysis. She also develops and executes studies designed to address major developmental questions to inform the creation of educational material for children.

Prior to joining the Workshop, Dr. Kotler Clarke worked on an evaluation of a school-based violence prevention program at the National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She has worked with numerous organizations such as the Center for Media Education, the Center for Research on Influences of Television on Children at the University of Texas in Austin and Georgetown University, where she coordinated the Children & Media Project while completing a postdoctoral fellowship. Dr. Kotler Clarke also served as an adjunct professor at the Teachers College at Columbia University and Georgetown University.

Dr. Kotler Clarke graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Human Development and Family Studies. She went on to receive her master’s in Human Development from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. in Child Development and Family Relationships from the University of Texas at Austin.