Betty Ray

Director of Programming and Innovation, George Lucas Educational Foundation

Betty Ray is the Director of Programming and Innovation at the George Lucas Educational Foundation. In this role, Betty combines her passion for innovation in education with over 20 years’ experience leading communities around ideas that matter.  When she’s not wrangling the creative juices of the large community of educators who create content for Edutopia, she’s overseeing the site’s content to ensure it is rigorous and authentic and will make a meaningful difference in students’ lives.  

As one of the founders of the Webzine conferences in 1998, Betty has devoted her career to empowering and encouraging people to participate in DIY movements including education (Edutopia); internet radio (Live365); and personal publishing (Webzine, Tripod).  She was one of the organizers of TEDxSFED and #EdcampSF, and has participated in the Stanford d. school Design Thinking Boot Camp. Betty has spoken about the power of personal publishing and design thinking at conferences including an IGNITE session at ISTE, SXSWEdu, the NonProfit Technology Conference (NTC), TIDES, EdcampSF, and the Hero’s Round Table.