Sree Sreenivasan Bio


Sree Sreenivasan (@sree) is the first Chief Digital Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the latest step in what he calls "a three-decade, one-way love affair with one of the world's great museums." At the Met, he leads a world- class team of 70 working on topics he loves: digital, social, mobile, video, data, email apps and more.

In 2015, he was named to Fast Company's list of 100 Most Creative People in Business, in part for the work he and the museum are doing on the future of culture:

In 2015, he's joined CBS Radio's new PlayIt podcasting network with the immodestly titled "@Sree Show: Talking tech, culture, entrepreneurship":

He joined the Met after spending 20 years at Columbia University as a member of the faculty of the Columbia Journalism School and a year as the university's first Chief Digital Officer. He graduated from the Journalism School in 1993.

For four years, he taught an entrepreneurship class with Ken Lerer, co-founder and chairman of the Huffington Post and now head of Lerer Ventures. He has also taught media marketing classes at Columbia Business School. Because of his interest in startups, he has served as a mentor and adviser to dozens of new ventures, including many by his former students.

As Dean of Student Affairs, he supervised all aspects of the student experience for 400+ students from 40+ countries and 35+ states - from recruitment to placement and works on curriculum and planning in close partnership with Dean Nicholas Lemann and Academic Affairs Dean Bill Grueskin. The deans of Admissions, Student Services/Student Life and Career Services reported to him and he managed one of the school's largest teams and runs one of the largest budgets ($7.8 million, including $5.8 million in scholarship)s. Using new technology, he introduced several protocols for connecting with students, alumni, faculty and prospective students that have since been adopted in other parts of the university and elsewhere. He also has been involved in creating, building and marketing of new degree programs, including the MA in Specialized Journalism and the joint-degree in Computer Science and Journalism.

In 2009, he was named one of AdAge's 25 media people to follow on Twitter and in 2010 was named one of Poynter's the 35 most influential people in social media; in 2014, he was named the most influential CDO in the US.

During 2009-11, he was part of the founding team of Digital News Associates - - a Manhattan news site with Joe Ricketts, Ameritrade founder (and owner of the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field). He was the lead consultant, business-plan writer and ideas guy, directly involved in all the initial hires (the team is now 45+ people). The site was named one of the  six hottest news startups of 2010 by BusinessInsider and was on New York Magazine's Approval Matrix - "Brilliant" & "Highbrow." It now has operations in all five NYC boroughs and Chicago.

He is cofounder of SAJA, the South Asian Journalists Association, a group of 1,000+ journalists of South

Asian origin across the US and Canada.

You can find him on Twitter at, on Facebook at, on Instagram at ,and on the web at

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  • Mike Simmers
    commented 2017-03-16 15:33:40 -0400
    The world of digital media has entirely revolutionized the world and brought significant positive changes at large. What we saw yesterday is entirely transformed into a new shape and identity after the inception of digital media more specifically, social media and the mobile technology where people like Mr. Sree Sreenivasan have really made it possible for the entire world and industries that nothing is impossible at all. We really appreciate his efforts, contributions and his valued knowledge in his field of interest.
  • Mike Simmers
    commented 2017-03-15 15:21:48 -0400
    He is the great professor and dean of this university. He is great person
  • Raymond Stokes
    commented 2016-12-16 08:18:52 -0500
    Sree Sreenivasan is an outstanding personality. New York is really lucky to have him as a digital officer. I wonder if we could get an interview for the article some time. The readers of the blog would be happy to see him there and read some news on his career and life.
    Another question – if he can find some time to answer several questions on the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as he was such a successful head of it.