Jay Tucker, Executive Director
Jay Tucker is a marketer, educator, and technology leader with over 20 years of experience in the technology, academic and entertainment sectors. At UCLA’s Center for Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment and Sports (MEMES), Jay is responsible for the Center’s vision, thought leadership, educational offerings and major events – including the annual PULSE conference and the center’s Summer Institute.
Previously, Jay handled marketing and programs at the Institute for Communication Technology Management (CTM) at USC’s Marshall School of Business. In that role, Jay founded Silicon Beach @USC, a two-day event featuring a venture competition and a conference focused on innovation, investment, and new ventures related to technology and digital content. He also partnered with executives at OgilvyRED to re-launch their Verge Summit, and with Variety magazine to launch the first-ever Big Data Conference in partnership with PwC. Jay also managed the Advanced Management Program, the Institute’s executive education course focused on leadership for the digital age.
As a seasoned technology leader, Jay is passionate about helping executives and entrepreneurs embrace disruption, drive innovation, and build powerful solutions. He has taught courses on technology management, technology convergence, digital media, and media literacy to professionals at corporations and non-profit organizations. Jay also serves on the board of the Southern California chapter of the Society for Information Management (SCSIM), and speaks at academic and industry events, covering digital technologies and media, technology start-ups and other topics.
Jay holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, an MA in Instructional and Learning Technologies from Columbia University, and a dual Bachelors degree from Stanford University in Political Science and African & Afro-American Studies. He resides in Santa Monica, CA.