Jenn Stringer became UC Berkeley’s Associate Vice Chancellor for IT and Chief Information Officer in June 2020. Jenn’s career in higher education technology includes a succession of leadership roles at Stanford University, New York University, and UC Berkeley. Arriving at Berkeley in 2013 as the Associate CIO and Director of Educational Technology Services, her leadership and collaborative style, as well as her passion for the work, earned her the respect of both faculty and executive leadership on campus. During her time at Berkeley, Jenn led the transition to the Canvas Learning Management System (bCourses), and successfully advocated for the creation of the Academic Innovation Studio (AIS) which now provides mission-aligned programs and support for faculty.
Jenn was a key leader of the design team for the Reimagining IT Strategic Plan, and is leading a number of Reimagining IT projects. She has also done significant work to restructure and align the Research, Teaching, and Learning portfolio as more groups, including Research IT (RIT), Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), and Digital Learning Services (DLS), have been brought together.
In February 2019, Jenn became the Deputy Chief Information Officer & Assistant Vice Chancellor for Information Technology. Her time spent serving as the operational leader of Information Services and Technology (IST) was widely recognized especially during some of the most challenging times the campus has experienced. Specifically, her leadership of the emergency response to the PG&E power shutdowns of Fall 2019 and the COVID-19 transition to remote operations and instruction in Spring 2020. Jenn’s leadership and strategic insights in these crises helped focus the campus conversation around instructional resilience.
Jenn has been an instrumental leader for a number of UC committees and initiatives, including the nationally recognized UC work on learning data privacy. She is active professionally in EDUCAUSE and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) and is currently the Viewpoint Editor for EDUCAUSE Review.