Cristina has a Master of Media Arts and Science from the MIT Media Lab, where she also took courses at Sloan and HBS. She also has a Master of Computer Science Engineering and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering with concentrations in Computer Science, Communications Technologies and Business. [4]

Leadership and Volunteering

Currently Cristina serves on the MIT Enterprise Forum of New York City board and the MIT Alumni Association Selection Committee. She is the former President of the MIT Club of New York. [2] [2]

In 2014, Dolan was honored by Traders Magazine with a Charitable Works Award for her work with Dream it. Code it. Win it. [2]

The table below outlines all of Dolan's various leadership and volunteer efforts.

Organization Role Duration Field
Dream it. Code it. Win it. Organizer and Founder October 2013 – Present STEM, Education
MIT Enterprise Forum of New York Officer and Secretary June 2010 – Present Education
MIT Alumni Association Selection Committee Member MIT AA Representative, Elected by Alumni July 2012 Education
MIT Enterprise Forum Global Board Board Member July 2014 – Present Science, Technology
MIT Club of New York (MIT Alumni Association) President of the MIT Club of New York July 2006 – June 2008 Education
MIT Club of New York (MIT Alumni Association) VP of Communications and EVP July 2003 – June 2006 Education
MIT Enterprise Forum Global Board Director, Sponsorship Chair July 2005 – June 2008 Science Technology
Kauffman Foundation Innovation Accelerator Foundation June 2007 – July 2009 Education
MIT Council for the Arts Director and Member July 2008 – Present Education, Art
Teaching Matters Director July 2009 – June 2012 Education
New York Venture Capital Association (Formerly VIANY) Executive Director June 2009 – November 2010 Science Technology
New York City Opera Member of Education Board and Internet Advisor June 1996 – June 2005 Education
Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich Connecticut Officer, Treasurer and Nominating Chair and Director June 1999 – June 2006 Education
Convent of the Sacred Heart Alumnae Board Director and Officer (Secretary) July 2004 – July 2009 Education
NFTE - National Association for Teaching Entrepreneurialism Mentor October 2001 – June 2003 Education
Guggenheim Museum Co-Executive Producer June 1996 – September 1997 Art, Culture
MIT Corporate Joint Advisory Council MIT Corporation Joint Advisory Council Member (Student) September 1992 – June 1994 Education
MIT Athletics Board Board Member June 1992 – July 1994 Education, Sports
IEEE Board Member - Computer Society and Communications Society Committees June 1988 – June 1990 Education

Dream it. Code it. Win it.

In October 2013, Dolan launched Dream it. Code it. Win it., a "Create-A-Thon" to award high school and college students more than $70,000 in cash and prizes for their creations using computer science tools.

Dream it. Code it. Win it. held its inaugural "create-a-thon" at the Cooper Union Great Hall in New York City on the evening of April 30, 2014. The awards ceremony was preceded by a panel discussion, which included: Joi Ito from the MIT Media Lab, Mike Perlis the CEO of Forbes, Jeanne Sullivan the co-founder of StarVest Partners, Philippe Buhannic the CEO of TradingScreen, Erik Nordlander an Engineering Partner at Google Ventures, Teresa A. Dahlberg the Dean at Cooper Union, and Alex Diaz the Head of Product Development at Yahoo!. [2]

The contest was sponsored by Cooper Union, TradingScreen, Silicon Valley Bank, MedAffinity EHR, SorinRand, and Richard Berman Publications. The prize money was sponsored by the MIT alumni community, Tekserve, TradingScreen, and other small organizations.

The Dream it. Code it. Win it. contest was positively received by the media and thought leaders in the Computer Science and STEM space. Venture Capitalist Fred Wilson wrote a piece about the contest on his blog, which was also featured on Business Insider. [2] The Better (TV series) Show interviewed contest organizer, Cristina Dolan, and Ernie Anastos from Fox 5 News also covered the event as well. [2] Winners were interviewed by their local school newspapers as well. [2]