Linda Roberts is a visiting scholar at the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has spent her career focused on education and technology.
Under President Obama, Roberts has served as a member of the STEM education working group for the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. She also served as senior adviser on the National Education Technology Plan released by the Department of Education. She has advised Apple Inc. and other leading technology companies, continues to work with ed tech startups and foundations, and serves on the board of trustees of Sesame Workshop and on the boards of directors of the Virtual High School, Academic Merit, and MOUSE.
Roberts previously directed the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology from its inception in 1993 to January 2001 and served as the secretary of education’s special adviser on technology. She developed the first National Technology Plan, launched five new technology programs for the Clinton administration, and increased the federal technology budget from $30 million to more than $900 million annually. She played a key role in the development of E-Rate, a $2.25 billion program to bring the Internet and advanced telecommunications to the nation’s schools and libraries. She is a former elementary school teacher and reading specialist, university professor, and academic dean.
Roberts holds a BS from Cornell University, an MEd from Harvard University, and an EdD from the University of Tennessee.