Jonathan Elmergreen

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Executive Director

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Jonathan Elmergreen is the Executive Director for The Higher Education Video Game Alliance. In his work with The Alliance, he serves members of the games and higher education community through academic services, public advocacy, and policymaker engagement.


Prior to joining HEVGA, Jonathan worked at the Games+Learning+Society Center in both executive administration and research, helping to implement the vision of the Co-Directors. Here he strategically planned key meetings and events with high-profile leaders, oversaw multi-team projects, and managed large budgets and grants. Elmergreen’s academic background is in social interaction and has researched areas ranging from games and literacy to interactions between doctors and terminal cancer patients.


On the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, Elmergreen has a marked history of advocacy and policymaker engagement, focusing on student involvement and LGBT activism. In 2008, he led an initiative with two other students to overhaul policies within UW-Madison’s University Housing to address the disparity and isolation LGBT students felt in dorm rooms. Through a year long process that involved garnering strong support from tenured faculty, chief housing staff, and campus administrators, he and fellow students successfully lobbied for the creation of a fully fledged LGBT Learning Community with dedicated dorm rooms on its own floor and with its own staff, one of the first of its kind at a public university.


From 2008-2013, Elmergreen served as Director of Evercon, the largest gaming and anime convention hosted and run within a K-12 public school district in the United States.