Srinija Srinivasan – 1989 Scholar

Srinija Srinivasan chairs the Board of Trustees of SFJAZZ, a nonprofit organization in San Francisco dedicated to jazz creation, presentation, and education.  She also serves on the White House Commission on U.S. Presidential Scholars.  Srinivasan is developing a performance and production center for creative music in Brooklyn. She recently stepped down as Vice President and Editor in Chief at Yahoo! where she led a range of editorial and policy functions, beginning with the organization and evolution of the Yahoo! directory. Having joined the company as its fifth employee in 1995, she oversaw network editorial standards and original content development, guided the company’s corporate responsibility arm, and directed policy issues including privacy and data use, advertising standards, youth safety, community guidelines, and accessibility. Prior to joining Yahoo!, Srinivasan was involved with the Cyc Project, a ten-year artificial intelligence effort to build an immense database of human commonsense knowledge. She is also a member of the 2000 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute. She holds a B.S. with distinction from Stanford University in Symbolic Systems, and was honored as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in 1989.