avatar for Jessica Berlinski

Jessica Berlinski

If You Can
Chief Learning Officer and Co-Founder
San Mateo, CA & London

Jessica Berlinski is Chief Learning Officer and Co-founder of If You Can, a San Francisco and London based company dedicated to building Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills in youth via a game platform.  She joins Electronic Arts founder Trip Hawkins in creating the first scalable, entertaining game to build emotional intelligence and safe, supportive climates where skills like empathy, perseverance and responsible decision-making can thrive.  The game, IF…, launched in February 2014 as the #1 kids app and #1 education app on the App Store with over 250,000 downloads in its first three weeks.

Berlinski last served as Managing Director of GameDesk, a national non-profit focused on educational transformation through play and making.  She led business development, strategic partnerships, fundraising, and marketing, and was a key force behind GameDesk’s award of AT&T’s largest programmatic educational grant in history.

Prior, Berlinski worked for ten years leading national educational non-profits and companies dedicated to supporting the "whole child" through academic and social and emotional learning programs.  As National Director of Character Counts, she co-created and implemented values-based programs in urban and rural school districts at the local and state level.  At the federal level, she successfully advocated for the inclusion of programs and language supporting school climate in President Obama’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act proposal.

Berlinski currently serves on the Sandy Hook Promise’s Tech Committee, dedicated to identifying and supporting new technologies to promote safe school climate, advances in mental health, and gun control.   Prior to her non-profit work, she spent seven years as a Talent and Literary Manager in Los Angeles, CA.

My Speakers Sessions

Friday, June 13

10:30am CDT