Connie Yowell is the Director of Education Grantmaking at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She oversees the foundation’s program on Digital Media and Learning, which explores the impact of digital media on young people and implications for the future of learning. Prior to joining MacArthur, Connie was an associate professor in the School of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, publishing work examining the complex interplay among young people’s emerging identity, social context, and achievement. Connie served for a brief period as a policy analyst in the Department of Education and, in collaboration with the Chicago Public Schools, has worked closely with teachers and administrators to develop and implement literacy curricula for Latino youth. Connie recently received the Distinguished Fellows Award from the William T. Grant Foundation, an award to support distinguished scholars seeking to bridge research and practice. Connie earned her Ph.D. in child and adolescent development from Stanford University.