Jenny M. Buccos
Jenny M. Buccos began her professional career with Credit Suisse First Boston managing global media projects in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and New York.
In 2003, before the existence of YouTube or mainstream online video, she founded ProjectExplorer.org, a free video-based website designed educate primary and secondary school students about global cultures and histories.
Over the last decade, she has directed/produced nearly 500 short films for ProjectExplorer.org working with leaders, visionaries, and world-renowned organizations including Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, The British Museum, The United Nations Relief and Works Agency, and the Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action, to name but a few.
Under her direction, ProjectExplorer.org’s viewership grew by over 600% between 2006 and 2010, and now reaches a global audience of over 6 million.
John Hishmeh, Special Projects Officer for the U.S. Department of State, said of Jenny’s work: _she takes the time to properly research what is needed to capture environments without bias and gains access to areas that provide a rich landscape for learning…ProjectExplorer.org is a positive voice in a sea of global misunderstanding.
In addition to her work with ProjectExplorer.org, Jenny serves as Creative Director for Pale Native Media. With Pale Native she has directed and produced video content for the Four Seasons Hotel brand, Student Voice, The Bushcamps Company (Zambia), and Bombardier, Inc.
Jenny is the three-time recipient of a GOLD Parents’ Choice Award for Excellence in Educational Programming. She is a 2010 recipient of a National Award for Citizen Diplomacy; honored alongside Academy Award winner Robert Redford for her work as a citizen diplomat.
In July 2012, she was recognized by the Obama Administration as a White House Champion of Change. In March 2013, she was selected one of the National School Board Association’s 20 to Watch in the EDTech community. In October 2013, she was named Top 40 Innovator in Education by the Center for Digital Education.
She has spoken at TEDx conferences in New York, Cincinnati, and Soweto, South Africa, and regularly lectures on the importance of global competencies in primary and secondary education. She is considered a brand ambassador for several of the countries in which she has worked.