Anne C. Mendelsohn
Founding Director, Columbia University Distance Graduate Education Program
Anne Charles Mendelsohn’s strong interest in and passion for education, science, and the transforming power of innovation have been driving forces in her choice of professional careers and community activities and have led to her keen interest in Reasoning Mind. After majoring in chemistry, with a minor in physics and math, she became a senior scientist at Polaroid and is listed on two patents. Convinced that a greater understanding of science is essential for an informed citizenry, she later wrote and helped produce award-winning science and public policy documentaries for public television. As corporate liaison, Ms. Mendelsohn also helped found Connect at UCSD, a program that launched San Diego as a preeminent high-tech start-up region. At Columbia University, she was the founding director of the Columbia Video Network, an innovative, video-based, degree-granting program for the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Later she became deputy director of television at WNYC, where she oversaw multiple aspects of the weekly PBS teen series In the Mix, including educational materials, outreach to groups serving inner-city teens, and educational evaluation.

Ms. Mendelsohn’s deep concern for educational quality and equity continued when she moved to Houston, leading to her 15 years of service on the Teach for America – Houston regional board, including a term as president, as well as her service as a longtime trustee and board president of the Houston Museum of Natural Science. She has served on numerous other boards, as well as in educational outreach roles for MD Anderson Cancer Center. Ms. Mendelsohn and her husband, Dr. John Mendelsohn, have three sons and eight grandchildren.