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Jennifer MacLean was the Executive Director of the IGDA from September 2017[1] to April 2019 [2]. From 2009 to 2012, she was Chief Executive Officer at 38 Studios,[3] an independent game developer.

Jennifer MacLean
OccupationFormer Executive Director at IGDA

After beginning her career working with Brian Reynolds and Sid Meier at Microprose Software[4] in 1992, she joined AOL in 1996, where she became Programming Director for the Games Channel.[5] She went on to become Vice President and General Manager of Games at Comcast Corporation,[6] and the Chair of the Board of Directors for the International Game Developers Association.[5] In March, 2008 she joined 38 Studios as Senior Vice President of business development, and moved into the position of CEO in the same company on August, 2009.[3] MacLean left the 38 Studios upon its bankruptcy in 2012; dating her departure to March 2012, when she took a leave of absence.[7]

She is a frequent speaker at interactive entertainment industry events, and has earned a BA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University and an MBA with a concentration in International Business from the Columbia Business School. MacLean was named one of the "Game Industry's 100 Most Influential Women" by Next Generation[8] and one of the top 20 Women in Games by Gamasutra.[9]


  1. ^ "IGDA Appoints Jen MacLean Permanent Executive Director." International Game Developers Association. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  2. ^ "Jen MacLean Steps Down as IGDA Executive Director." International Game Developers Association. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "38 Studios Appoints Jennifer MacLean as CEO" (Press release). 38 Studios. 21 August 2009. Archived from the original on 28 May 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
  4. ^ Bye, Cody (6 April 2008). "38 Studios: An Interview with Jennifer MacLean, VP of Business Development". Master Games International. Retrieved 11 September 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Board of Directors". International Game Developers Association. Archived from the original on 3 May 2008. Retrieved 11 September 2008.
  6. ^ Brady, Shirley (12 June 2006). "Q&A With Jennifer MacLean: Comcast's Guru of Fun and Games". Access Intelligence LLC. Retrieved 11 September 2008.
  7. ^ Nesi, Ted (23 May 2012). "38 Studios loses CEO and high-profile VP, LinkedIn suggests". WPRI-TV.
  8. ^ Cherbak, Fiona (11 September 2006). "Game Industry's 100 Most Influential Women". Edge Magazine. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
  9. ^ Ruberg, Bonnie (21 May 2008). "Women in Games: The Gamasutra 20". Gamasutra. Retrieved 18 May 2012.