Jennifer 8. Lee is co-founder and CEO of Plympton, a San Francisco-based literary studio that innovates in digital publishing. A former New York Times reporter, Jenny is a producer of The Search for General Tso, a documentary which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, and the author of the New York Times-bestselling book, The Fortune Cookie Chronicles (Twelve, 2008). She is the founder of Emojicon and Misinfocon.
Jenny also serves on the boards for the Nieman Foundation, the Center for Public Integrity, the Digital Public Library of America, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Hacks/Hackers, as well as committees for the New York Public Library Young Lions committee, the Robert F. Kennedy journalism awards, and SXSW programming. Jenny has served as the lead judge for the $25 million Knight News Challenge, and on the launch team for Upworthy. She discovered fortune cookies were originally Japanese, as coined "man date" as a term. As a member of the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee, she successfully lobbied for a dumpling and hijab emojis.
Jenny graduated with a degree in Applied Math and Economics from Harvard, where she was vice president of The Harvard Crimson.