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Cindy Johanson

Executive Director, Edutopia

Cindy Johanson is the executive director of Edutopia, produced by the George Lucas Educational Foundation.

For more than 30 years, Cindy has led the design and expansion of digital services with a primary focus on education. Prior to her work with Edutopia, Cindy served as senior vice president of interactive and education for the Public Broadcasting Service. At PBS, she was responsible for the launch and growth of the award-winning and its suite of Internet sites, including,, and Cindy’s passion for online learning started in 1989 with text-based interfaces and 300 baud modems when she managed teacher support and training for Learning Link, an online service for K-12 classrooms. She currently serves as a board member for The Crucible, a nonprofit industrial arts school in Oakland, California, and as a member of the leadership council for XR Marin, a public regional training center for education and innovation in XR (Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and 360-degree Video Production).

Cindy holds a master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ohio University.  

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