Jennifer Ryan Crozier

Vice President of Global Citizenship Initiatives @ IBM

2014_crozier[1]Jennifer Ryan Crozier is IBM's Vice President of Global Citizenship Initiatives, and is responsible for a broad portfolio of philanthropic initiatives that harness IBM's talent and technology to make a material impact on some of the world's most pressing social issues.

Ms. Crozier helped to devise and now oversees IBM's Corporate Service Corps (CSC), the largest corporate, high-skills-based pro-bono program in the world.  Through this program, IBM sends teams of emerging leaders to help communities around the world with critical social issues over 4 week deployments.  In Africa, CSC has conducted over 220 individual projects in 10 African countries over the past 6 years, using 800 IBM professionals and positively impacting the lives of more than 140,000 people. These projects, valued at $16M, address the critical priority concerns within each country such as small business growth, public safety, health care, education, market skills and the environment.  Most recently, a CSC team collaborated with the Yale School of Medicine and the Ghana Health Service to deliver on an ambitious goal of helping Ghana be the first sub-Saharan African country to eliminate the transmission of HIV from mother to child.

Under Ms. Crozier's leadership, IBM launched the Smarter Cities Challenge, a program that sends teams of IBM executives to work with mayors of cities around the world to tackle large-scale challenges ranging from transportation to economic development.  Since the inception of the program, IBM has sent teams to over 100 cities to help them think through how big data and technology can help them to better meet the needs of their citizens.

Ms. Crozier also oversees World Community Grid, an initiative in which unused power of computers is donated by the general public to scientists who use it to perform computations in their quest to develop therapies for serious illnesses such as cancer, malaria and AIDS; improve water filtration; and identify more efficient solar energy materials. A World Community Grid project to cure AIDS – dubbed "Fight AIDS @ Home – is conducted in partnership with the Scripps Research Institute and was one of the first such citizen science efforts ever to be available on smartphones and tablets.

In addition, she leads IBM's economic development portfolio, which provides resources for entrepreneurs and small business owners around the world.  SME Toolkit – a partnership with the IFC – is a set of on-line tools used by more than 5 million small business owners worldwide.  Supplier Connection helps small business owners in the United States to grow by more easily tapping into the supply chains of 25 large corporations.

Ms. Crozier is a frequent author and speaker, with her work featured in the Harvard Business Review, the Huffington Post and events around Corporate Citizenship, urban policy, and economic development. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Colorado College and a M.A. in Linguistics from SUNY Stony Brook, and lives in Rye, New York with her husband and two children.