About Us

THE MECHNER FOUNDATION is a tax-exempt private foundation established and funded by Dr. Francis Mechner as a charitable trust.



Francis Mechner
PhD, President

Dr. Francis Mechner founded the Mechner Foundation in 1997 as the successor of prior non-profits through which he had been funding his pursuits and research activities since 1960. Rather than seeking grants or institutional support, he has chosen this funding route so as to maintain his independence and freedom to undertake particularly innovative projects. A detailed bio for Dr. Mechner can be found here.

Jordan Mechner
Author and game designer

Jordan Mechner has created video games including KaratekaThe Last Express, and Prince of Persia, which became the basis for a transmedia global franchise. He was a screenwriter and executive producer of the 2010 Disney film Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Jordan’s graphic novels include the New York Times best-selling Templar, Monte Cristo, and the autobiographical Replay: Memoir of an Uprooted Family. Detailed bio on Jordan’s website.

Emily Mechner
PhD in Economics, Harvard University

Dr. Emily Mechner was Assistant Professor of Economics at Bates College, ME, and senior consultant at Bates White, LLC, a Washington, D.C. economic consulting firm. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Oyster School Community Council, and has previously served as Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (2007-8), an elected position in the government of the District of Columbia.

David Mechner
Chief Executive Officer of Pragma Securities

David Mechner is co-founder and CEO of Pragma Securities, which is a leader in providing automated trading technology to the finance industry. Mechner also serves on the board of directors of the Blacksmith Institute. Previously, he was a doctoral fellow at New York University’s Center for Neural Science where he studied the biology of learning and memory, and led a research effort to develop a Go-playing program based on artificial intelligence. David is among the highest ranked non-Asian Go players in the world.

Advisory Board