Steve Arnold is a retired interactive media and technology executive and venture capitalist who now serves on the boards of nonprofit organizations that focus on improving education and human development.
Arnold is cofounder and vice chairman of the George Lucas Educational Foundation, publisher of Edutopia. He chairs the boards of directors of Enlearn and Healthy Minds Innovations and also serves on the boards of the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning and the New Mexico School of the Arts. He chairs the advisory council of Angela Duckworth’s Character Lab and serves as an advisor to several startup companies and venture firms that share his interest in human development and education innovations.
Arnold spent more than 35 years as an executive and investor in digital media and technology-related companies, including Atari Corporation; Lucasfilm Ltd. and LucasArts Entertainment Company; Interactive Home Systems, Inc. (now Corbis); and Microsoft. Subsequently, he cofounded Polaris Partners, a venture capital and growth equity firm investing in digital media, e-commerce, communications, internet, software, life sciences, and other domains. He is now a Partner Emeritus with that firm.
Arnold earned a BS in Psychology from Macalester College and an MA in Comparative Psychology and PhD in Developmental Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies.