Amy Gershkoff Bolles, PhD

Title: Global Head of Digital and Emerging Technology Strategy
Company: Levi Strauss & Co.
Location: Mill Valley, California, United States

Amy Gershkoff Bolles, PhD, global head of digital and emerging technology strategy at Levi Strauss & Co., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in developing business technologies.

At Levi Strauss & Co., Dr. Gershkoff Bolles serves as the global head of digital and emerging technology strategy. In this capacity, she performs a critical role in refining the company’s approach to the digital economy and in shaping how emerging technologies can enhance the experience for the company’s customers around the globe. Dr. Gershkoff Bolles holds exceptional academic credentials: she earned both a Ph.D. and a Master of Arts in quantitative methods and political science from Princeton University, and a Bachelor of Arts in economics and government from Cornell University, where she graduated summa cum laude.

Dr. Gershkoff Bolles defines herself as an entrepreneur, technologist, and operator, as well as an author, speaker, investor, and advisor. She brings a wealth of relevant operations experience to her current position, having previously served as the chief operating officer of Tradesy, Inc., and general manager for Zynga Advertising, among other operator roles. Dr. Gershkoff Bolles also brings deep technology experience to her current role, having previously served as the chief data officer of Zynga, Bitly and Ancestry.com, and chief scientist for WPP. Previously, Dr. Gershkoff Bolles also served as the head of customer analytics and insights and ran the global data science team at eBay. As the founder and chief executive officer of Changing Targets Media LLC, a technology company, she compiled a notable list of political, corporate, and nonprofit clients. Dr. Gershkoff Bolles also served as the head of media planning and analytics for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.

Dr. Gershkoff Bolles exercises her expertise in the field across a variety of channels, including as an adjunct professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley from 2014 to 2016 and at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University from 2003 until 2005. She is also a consistent contributor to news outlets, and has been published or quoted in news outlets including The New York Times, Bloomberg News, NPR, C-SPAN, TechCrunch, Business Insider, The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle and the Huffington Post. She has also published several peer-reviewed articles in academic journals. Dr. Gershkoff Bolles also serves as a public company board director, as well as board advisor to venture and private-equity backed companies.

Multiple illustrious industry commendations have been awarded to Dr. Gershkoff Bolles, including recognition among the top 10 women leaders in 2020 and Forbes Magazine’s top 15 women in AI. The San Francisco Business Times also included her among the 2016 most influential women in business, while the Huffington Post acknowledged her as one of 50 women to watch in tech.

Ultimately, Dr. Gershkoff Bolles considers herself an innovator with a grounded business mindset. She thrives on harnessing the power of new technology to build startups as well as on introducing innovation to established brands. Having faced various challenges with tenacity, she remains focused not only on the latest technology, but also on how digital transformation initiatives can exert a positive impact on organizations of any size and complexity. In part, Dr. Gershkoff Bolles credits her success to the superb advice she has gained from key mentors. Looking toward the future, she seeks opportunities to serve as an effective mentor in turn for the next generation of entrepreneurs.

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