Jeff Ubois is a Program Officer at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, where he is responsible for work in exploratory philanthropy. Previous to his role at MacArthur, Ubois was a consultant to archives, museums, broadcasters, and commercial organizations in the US and EU, including Fujitsu Labs in Sunnyvale, California, the Bassetti Foundation in Milano, Italy, and the Netherlands Institute of Sound and Vision. Prior to this, he was a staff research associate at the University of California, Berkeley, and part of the Preserving Digital Public Television Project based at Thirteen/WNET and supported by the Library of Congress.
In the voluntary sector, Ubois served as president of the Berkeley Hillside Club, helping to revive a 110 year-old cultural center, and was the initial convener of the Personal Digital Archiving conferences, now in their seventh year. In the 1990s, Ubois worked in the software industry, co-founding Omniva (funded by venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins), and as a journalist in Washington, Hong Kong, London, and San Francisco covering new technology. He has written for First Monday, D-Lib, Computerworld, Release 1.0, Bloomberg Business News, Ferris Research, and other publications. He serves on the board of the Kahle/Austin Foundation.