Lisa Gelobter

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Lisa Gelobter
Alma materBrown University '91
EmployerUnited States Department of Education

Lisa Gelobter (born 1971) is a computer scientist, technologist and chief executive. Lisa has siblings as well. She is the Chief Digital Service Officer for the United States Department of Education.

Education and early career[edit]

Gelobter studied at Brown University, graduating with a degree in a computer science with a concentration in artificial intelligence and machine learning in 1991.[1]


Gelobter is the First African American woman to develop several internet technologies, including Shockwave Flash, Animated GIFs, Brightcove, Joost and The Feedroom.[1][2][3] Gelobter was a member of senior management for the launch of Hulu.[4]Gelobter served as Vice President of the Black Entertainment Television networks (BET).[1] She plays a major role in the publications of online videos. Lisa has been working in the digital space for over 20 years, combining strategy, operations and technology. [5] Lisa Gelobter is a computer science guru, founder and CEO of tEQuitable, “a 3rd-party, tech-enabled Ombuds platform; a confidential sounding board for employees to address issues of bias, discrimination and harassment, and for companies to make workplaces more inclusive.”[6] With 25 years in the industry and products that have been used by billions of people, Lisa has a deep and proven track record in software.[7]

She served as Chief Digital Service Officer for the United States Department of Education during the Presidency of Barack Obama.[8][9][10][11] She led the team that build the United States Department of Education College Scorecard, which helped college students make sensible choices about college investments.[12][13][14] She became interested in how technology to power social impact.[15] She joined the advisory board of Bridge Foundry.[16]

In 2015 she was selected by Minority Media & Telecom Council as Geek of the Week.[3] In 2016 Gelobter founded tEquitable, an independent, confidential platform to address issues of bias, discrimination and harassment in the workplace.[17][10][18][19][20][21] She raised more than $ 2 million for the platform.[10] It allows employees to discuss complaints, providing detailed reports to employers alongside recommendations for how to overcome a challenging office culture.[10]


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  2. ^ "African American Inventors Who Left Their Mark in History". Strategic Systems. 2018-02-12. Retrieved 2018-10-21.
  3. ^ a b "Lisa Gelobter | Hank Williams (1965 – 2015) | Alex Ontiveros | Racial Bias by Air BnB Users". Retrieved 2018-10-22.
  4. ^ Young, Danielle. "Watch: You Can Thank a Black Woman for Your Hulu Binge-Watching Habits". The Root. Retrieved 2018-10-22.
  5. ^ "Lisa Gelobter | Computer History Museum". Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  6. ^ "[Women's History Month] Meet Lisa Gelobter, founding formulator of early GIF images". Face2Face Africa. 2018-03-28. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  7. ^ "Lisa Gelobter | Thinking Out Loud | Brown University". Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  8. ^ "Inside Obama's Stealth Startup". Fast Company. 2015-06-15. Retrieved 2018-10-21.
  9. ^ Ries, Eric (2017-10-17). The Startup Way: How Entrepreneurial Management Transforms Culture and Drives Growth. Penguin Books Limited. ISBN 9780241972717.
  10. ^ a b c d "Tech Spotlight: Lisa Gelobter is helping employees and employers navigate the complexities of work place harassment - theGrio". theGrio. 2018-10-17. Retrieved 2018-10-21.
  11. ^ "Inside Obama's Stealth Startup". Fast Company. 2015-06-15. Retrieved 2018-10-22.
  12. ^ "College Scorecard". Retrieved 2018-10-22.
  13. ^ Kamenetz, Anya. "The New College Scorecard: NPR Does Some Math". Retrieved 2018-10-22.
  14. ^ "Obama Pushes A New System For Scoring Colleges". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved 2018-10-22.
  15. ^ Path, Adaptive (2018-08-29), Lisa Gelobter // From The White House to #metoo, Harnessing Tech to Power Social Impact // UX 2018, retrieved 2018-10-22
  16. ^ "Bridge Foundry". Retrieved 2018-10-22.
  17. ^ Staff, Entrepreneur (2018-05-31). "10 Companies That Are Doing Good While Doing Well". Entrepreneur. Retrieved 2018-10-21.
  18. ^ "Sexual Harassment Inc: How the #MeToo movement is sparking a wave of start-ups". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-10-21.
  19. ^ "#MeToo Called for an Overhaul. Are Workplaces Really Changing?". Retrieved 2018-10-21.
  20. ^ "Sexual Harassment Inc: How the #metoo movement is sparking a wave of startups". San Antonio Express-News. 2018-01-05. Retrieved 2018-10-22.
  21. ^ Path, Adaptive. "UX Week 2018 - Lisa Gelobter of tEQuitable, CEO and Co-founder". UX Week 2018 – The Premier UX Design Conference. Retrieved 2018-10-22.