Jeff Mao

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Jeff speaking in SeoulJeff Mao is an award winning education technology leader accomplished in bringing ideas and vision to programs and implementation. Extensive public and private-sector experience with a focus on K12education technology, professional development, 1:1 learning, and education policy.

Jeff is an internationally known education technology leader. Jeff has keynoted international events sponsored by UNESCO, World Bank, InterAmerica-Development Bank, Association of Independent Schools of NSW, and the Korean Education and Research Information Service. In the United States, he has keynoted state conferences including NYSCATE (New York) and VITA-Learn (Vermont), and presented at events hosted by organizations including ISTECoSN,  SETDAFETCTASATCEAVSTE,  CETPA He served on the Board of Directors of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) for six years including two as Chair of the Board.

Jeff served as the Learning Technology Policy Director for the Maine Department of Education (2004-2014). In that role, he provided leadership and education technology policy support to four Commissioners of Education. He was directly responsible for the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI). He oversaw all aspects of the program including vision, implementation, policy, professional development, procurement and contract management.

His work includes collaborating and developing solutions with other governmental agencies including the U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Communications Commission as well as collaborations with numerous state departments of education. He has testified to the U.S. Senate in support of the reauthorization of the E-Rate program and worked with numerous congressional members in support of education policies to support students.

He was a lead author of the State of Utah’s Master Plan: Essential Elements for Technology Powered Learning. Additionally, he was an advisor for Future Ready Schools and has moderated and presented numerous Future Ready’s Summits and Institutes. Jeff was a Senior Director for Common Sense Media’s education division (2014-2017). He was also a Senior Strategic Education Outreach Manager for Wonder Workshop (2017-2019).


  1. EdScoop (EdTech Hero, 2017),
  2. SETDA (Leader of the Year, 2013),
  3. Common Sense Media (Educator of the Year, 2012).