July 17, 2013
Ann Mei Chang
Ann Mei Chang is the Senior Advisor for Women and Technology in the Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues at the U.S. Department of State, where she is serving as a Franklin Fellow. At State, she develops policy, partnerships, and programs to bridge the gender gap in access to mobile phones and the Internet, effectively leverage technology to improve and scale development programs for women and girls, and increase the representation of women in the ICT sector. She conceived and launched the Alliance for Affordable Internet, a public-private partnership aimed at dramatically expanding Internet access in developing countries by promoting regulatory and policy best practices that will improve affordability through market efficiency and healthy competition.
Ann Mei has more than twenty years of engineering and leadership experience in Silicon Valley. Most recently, she served as a Senior Engineering Director at Google for 8 years, where she led worldwide engineering for Google's mobile applications and services, including mobile search, ads, Maps, GMail, YouTube, Goggles, and Voice Search across all major platforms. She oversaw 20x growth of Google's mobile business in just three years, delivering over $1B in annualized revenues. At Google, she also led the product development team for Emerging Markets, with a mission to bring relevant mobile and Internet services to the two-thirds of the world's population that is not yet online. Ann Mei has held leadership roles at several other leading companies including Apple (leading engineering for the initial release of Final Cut Pro), Intuit, SGI, and a few startups.
Ann Mei was recognized as one of the Women In the World: 125 Women of Impact for 2013 by Newsweek/The Daily Beast. She is a member of the 2011 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute and holds a BS degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.