Team & Careers

NLP’s experienced team supports our mission. Get to know us:

Staff

Alan Miller

Alan C. Miller

Founder and CEO

Alan C. Miller is the founder and CEO of the News Literacy Project. He established the national education nonprofit in 2008, following a 21-year career at the Los Angeles Times, to teach teenagers how to discern fact from fiction in the digital age. Now NLP has grown to provide programs and resources for educators and the public to teach, learn and share the abilities needed to be smart, active consumers of news and information and equal and engaged participants in a democracy. NLP serves more than 24,000 educators and 162,000 students in all 50 states and in 116 other countries through its Checkology® virtual classroom. Alan received more than a dozen national reporting honors, including the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and has a master’s degree in political science from the University of Hawaii.

He spent nearly 19 years in the Los Angeles Times’ Washington bureau, the last 14 as a charter member of its high-profile investigative team. His work prompted investigations by the Justice Department, Congress and inspector generals in federal agencies and led to congressional hearings, reforms and criminal convictions.

He received more than a dozen national reporting honors, including the George Polk Award, the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Medal for breaking the 1996 Democratic National Committee campaign finance scandal. His series on the Marine Corps Harrier attack jet won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.

He was a fellow with the Peter Jennings Project at the National Constitution Center in March 2008 and the Japan Society in 1998 and a student participant at the East‐West Center Communication Institute from 1976 to 1978. He has spoken at more than half a dozen colleges and universities and appeared on panels sponsored by the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the International Center for Journalists, the National Endowment for Democracy and the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, Alan received a master’s degree in political science from the University of Hawaii.

Charles Salter

Charles Salter

President and Chief Operating Officer

Charles (Chuck) Salter joined the News Literacy Project as its first chief operating officer in 2018 and was named its president in 2019. He has spent more than two decades working for the empowerment of young people — particularly those in under-resourced communities – as a teacher, school leader, teacher union president and senior executive with several national education organizations, including Teach For America in California, New York and Nevada and the Bay Area After-School All-Stars in California. He also was regional director, vice president and superintendent of schools at Lighthouse Academies, a national charter management organization, where he led a group of six Chicago-area schools that enrolled more than 2,200 students. 

Before joining NLP, he was president and chief operating officer of BUILD Inc., a national youth entrepreneurship organization with programs in the Bay Area of northern California, Los Angeles, Washington, New York City and Boston.

Chuck earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies and German, with university and departmental honors, from Susquehanna University. He holds a law degree from Indiana University in Bloomington and has graduate certificates from Indiana University in nonprofit management, from Ball State University in business studies and from Cornell University in change leadership. He is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association and is also a trained mediator.

Mike Webb

Mike Webb

Senior Vice President, Communications

Mike Webb is NLP’s senior vice president of communications, responsible for maintaining and expanding our online presence, managing media and public relations, and supporting other NLP teams with their communications needs.

Before joining NLP in July 2019, Mike served as a vice president at BerlinRosen, a Washington public affairs firm, where he led client teams on a variety of social justice issues, including initiatives that taught young people to serve as spokespersons for a movement to close youth prisons and that supported a children’s advocacy organization working to improve foster care systems across the country.

Earlier in his career, Mike spent five years at ProPublica, where he was the nonprofit newsroom’s first communications professional. As director and vice president of communications, he created a blueprint to ensure that ProPublica’s investigations had impact: producing major events, developing and expanding the newsletter, launching a podcast and generating numerous stories about the innovative Pulitzer Prize-winning news outlet. He has also held communications positions at the Brennan Center for Justice and The Nation magazine, and led sales and marketing efforts at the online news site Honolulu Civil Beat.

Mike received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.

Peter Adams

Peter Adams

Senior Vice President, Education

Peter Adams is the News Literacy Project’s senior vice president of education. He began his career as a classroom teacher in the New York City schools through Teach For America. He has also taught in the Chicago public schools, at Roosevelt University and at Chicago City Colleges’ Wilbur Wright campus. In addition, he has worked with the NYC Teaching Fellows program, with After School Matters and as an independent education consultant.

Since joining NLP in 2009, he has coordinated classroom and after-school programs, served as Chicago program manager, worked on organizational strategy and developed NLP’s digital program. He has also provided news literacy training and workshops to educators and others throughout the area. He was promoted to his current position in January 2014 and oversees NLP’s education team, which develops resources and training for teachers. He and the other team members are based in Chicago.

Peter is a graduate of Indiana University, where he majored in English and African American studies and co-founded an independent monthly student newspaper, and has a master’s degree in the humanities from the University of Chicago.

Claudia Borgelt

Claudia Borgelt

Vice President, Development

Claudia Borgelt brings an impressive background in fundraising to NLP, which she joined in July 2018 as vice president of development.

Her first position in development was at Emory University, where she focused on young alumni engagement. From there, she spent a year learning about nonprofit management at The Association Group in Smyrna, Georgia, where she was in charge of daily administration and continuing education programs for nonprofits and professional organizations.

In March 2013 Claudia joined BUILD Inc., a national youth entrepreneurship program based in Redwood City, California, as a development associate. During her five years there she was steadily promoted, rising to associate vice president for development. She managed a multimillion-dollar portfolio of corporate and foundation funders, directed fundraising strategy for her team, and brought in the largest donation BUILD had ever received — $4 million over three years.

Claudia is a graduate of Emory University, where she majored in English literature and was named to the 100 Senior Honorary — an annual selection of the university’s top seniors, nominated by faculty, students and alumni and chosen for their leadership and service.

Mary Lynn Hickey

Mary Lynn Hickey

Vice President, Administration

Mary has over 20 years of experience with nonprofit organizations as an administrator, community outreach and volunteer coordinator, and board member. She joined the News Literacy Project as program administrator in December 2011 and became vice president of administration in January 2014.

Prior to joining NLP, she was associate director of the Falls Church Housing Corporation in Falls Church, Virginia, where she oversaw the staff, budget, fundraising, marketing and community advocacy and outreach. She previously worked for the Dominican Retreat in McLean, Virginia, the Hospice of Northern Virginia and the Northern Virginia Hotline.  She is a former board member of the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce.

Mary is a graduate of American University, where she majored in economics and urban studies.

Ebonee Rice

Ebonee Rice

Vice President, Educator Network

Ebonee Rice joined the News Literacy Project in April 2020 as vice president of NLP’s educator network. A strategic coalition builder and community engagement expert, she has spent her career successfully scaling up campaigns and programs in the pursuit of equal access for all.

From 2015 to 2017, she led the national partner engagement program at Enroll America, a nonprofit created to ensure that members of often underserved communities were able to enroll for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Her work resulted in millions of people within minority, women and young adult communities gaining health coverage. After Enroll America closed its doors, she joined the District of Columbia’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education as a community outreach specialist, building compelling digital experiences for constituents that led to positive outcomes for children, educators and families.

Ebonee began her career as a marketing/outreach coordinator for the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and has also worked for Golden Girl Media, BET Networks and the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute. A native of Los Angeles, she holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Darragh Worland

Darragh Worland

Vice President, Creative Services

Darragh Worland is the News Literacy Project’s vice president of creative services.

She joined NLP in 2011 as the New York program coordinator and was soon promoted to program manager. In that position, she rapidly expanded the New York program.

A journalist and multimedia educator and consultant, Darragh has worked for several major news organizations, including six years as a writer, web producer and field producer at NY1 News, when it was a Time Warner-owned cable outlet that covers New York City. She then covered the financial crisis as a senior producer at MSN Money, shooting and producing video features for the web.

From 2007 to 2011, Darragh was an adjunct assistant professor at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, where she helped launch the Local East Village blog in partnership with The New York Times. In 2010, ABC News retained her to train its staff in digital video production as part of the organization’s move toward a “digital journalist” model. She has also designed and taught online and in-class multimedia courses and seminars for UCLA Extension, Mediabistro, PRNDI and other media organizations — helping journalists and communications professionals around the world keep pace with the changing media landscape.

Darragh is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where she studied English and drama, and has a master’s degree in journalism, with a focus on cultural reporting and broadcasting, from NYU.

Kim Bowman

Kim Bowman

User Success Associate

Kim Bowman is NLP’s user success associate.

After teaching middle school social studies for six years in Virginia, Kim earned her Ph.D. in curriculum, culture and change from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), focusing on gender equity and assessment design. During her graduate studies, Kim helped VCU’s Office of Alumni Relations launch and manage its online platform for networking and career advice. She also worked with VCU’s School of Education to support mentor teachers and student teachers in the field.

Kim also has an undergraduate degree in history from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia and a graduate degree in teaching and learning from University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine.

Eryn Busch

Eryn Busch

Special Assistant to the Founder/CEO

Eryn Busch is the special assistant to the News Literacy Project’s founder and CEO, Alan C. Miller.

She came to NLP in August 2017 from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, a research and public policy center, where she spent two years as office manager. She gained experience in administration and operations in her five years as the special assistant to senior officials at the White House and at the Center for American Progress.

Eryn is a graduate of Los Angeles Community College (Pierce College) and the University of California, Los Angeles, where she majored in political science. Prior to attending UCLA, she served as a U.S. Army Civil Affairs sergeant in Iraq during the surge, where she focused on women’s and children’s rights, infrastructure projects and business development.

Hannah Covington

Hannah Covington

Senior Manager of Education and Content

Hannah Covington is NLP’s senior manager of education and content. She joined the education team in August 2020.

Hannah has experience in both the newsroom and the classroom. As a journalist, she covered local government and breaking news at the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune, the state’s largest newspaper. She has also written for the Tulsa World and The Oklahoman. Previously, she was an adjunct instructor, working with high school and undergraduate students at Tulsa Community College and the University of Tulsa. She anchored her writing classes in media literacy and rhetorical skills, training students to think like reporters to navigate today’s information landscape.

Hannah studied literature at Oral Roberts University, where she majored in English and Spanish. She also holds a master’s degree in English from the University of Tulsa.

Shaelynn Farnsworth

Shaelynn Farnsworth

National Director of Educator Outreach and Success

Shaelynn Farnsworth is the News Literacy Project’s national director of educator outreach and success.

Shaelynn has over 20 years of experience in education. She spent the first part of her career as a high school English teacher in Conrad, Iowa, where she reimagined teaching and learning in her classroom and became a leader in the convergence between literacy and technology. Shaelynn focused on developing student skills in information consumption, creating innovative ways for students to demonstrate understanding, and inspiring healthy skepticism in the digital age. She was recruited by a regional state education agency in Iowa, where she was a school improvement consultant for seven years. Shaelynn supported districts throughout Iowa in the areas of literacy, technology, AIW, and systemic change. She was a member of the state’s literacy, social studies, and technology leadership teams.

Shaelynn holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in English from the University of Northern Iowa.

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Suzannah Gonzales

Director of Education and Content

As director of education and content, Suzannah Gonzales oversees the development of classroom resources, writes for The Sift newsletter and NLP website, and supervises the Newsroom to Classroom program.

She joined NLP in March 2019 after working in journalism for more than two decades, most recently at Reuters, where she spent over seven years as a Chicago-based correspondent and an editor liaising with major media clients. She previously worked as a reporter at the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman, the St. Petersburg (Florida) Times, Rhode Island’s public radio station as part of a Metcalf Institute environmental reporting fellowship, and The Providence (Rhode Island) Journal. She began her journalism career as a research assistant to former Washington Post columnist Bob Levey, an assistant producer at washingtonpost.com and a radio production assistant at the Voice of America.

A graduate of the University of Chicago, where she majored in English language and literature, Suzannah holds a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

Mary Kane

Mary Kane

Editor

Mary Kane is the editor at NLP, ensuring our content, including newsletters, updates, case studies and Checkology lessons, is clear, correct and readable. She joined NLP in April 2020, after serving as an associate editor at Kiplinger’s Retirement Report, a respected national publication, where she wrote award-winning articles on retirement finances and aging. She also is an adjunct professor in the graduate program at Johns Hopkins University, where she teaches  Journalism and Publishing in the Digital Age, a media literacy course.

Previously, Mary served as editor of The Washington Independent, a pathbreaking online site, and spent a year as an Alicia Patterson Fellow, one of journalism’s highest honors. As a freelancer, she edited or wrote for The Washington Post, Reuters, Politico, BillMoyers.com, Crain’s Chicago Business, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, National Geographic News, The E.W. Scripps Company, and other publications. She is a former national correspondent for Newhouse News Service, and she shared in a George Polk award for a Southern Exposure magazine issue on subprime lending.

Mary is a University of Pittsburgh graduate with a B.A. in English and Rhetoric.

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Andrea Lazar

Director of Institutional Giving

Andrea Lazar joined NLP in July 2020 as director of institutional giving, responsible for managing and growing a portfolio of foundation and corporate partners in support of NLP’s mission and work.

Andrea came to NLP from the Pahara Institute, where she was the senior manager of development responsible for a $5 to $6 million annual fundraising budget. Prior to Pahara, Andrea built a successful foundation giving program across two states at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. She also has significant experience in nonprofit arts management. Andrea has founded and operated several businesses, as well as a small business consulting practice, and she continues to teach a graduate-level course on entrepreneurship for creatives at the University of Houston.

Andrea has an MBA and an M.A. in nonprofit arts management from Southern Methodist University, and a B.A. from the Plan II program at The University of Texas at Austin. She holds down the Third Coast for NLP from her home base in Houston.

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Niki Lessig

Director of Development

Niki joined NLP in April 2019 as director of individual giving, responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with our generous supporters and ambassadors for our work. She has extensive experience in direct mail, event fundraising, stewardship programming and individual portfolio management — most recently at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in Houston, where, as director of annual giving, she increased the organization’s revenue goal from $900,000 to $2 million and exceeded the 2017 fundraising goal by 117% and the 2018 fundraising goal by 55%.

She previously was the volunteer services manager at AIDS Foundation Houston and spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in South Africa, where she worked on community health projects and established a computer lab at a primary school, including a computer literacy curriculum for more than 100 adults and children.

Niki is a graduate of American University, where she majored in international studies.

Sara Lewis

Sara Lewis

Office Manager

Sara Lewis is NLP’s office manager, working part-time in our Washington headquarters.

Before she joined NLP in July 2019, Sara spent 12 years working to improve educational outcomes for students in under-resourced communities, both as a teacher and as a nonprofit professional. As a Teach For America corps member, she taught social studies and English at Dunbar Senior High School in Washington for four years, then taught social studies at SEED Public Charter School in Washington and history at Elm City College Prep, a charter school in New Haven, Connecticut. More recently, she held several administrative positions at Teach For America’s regional office in New Haven and was senior office coordinator for the UP Education Network in Boston.

Sara majored in sociology at the University of Michigan and received a Master of Arts in Teaching, with certification as a secondary social studies teacher, from American University.

Andrea Lin

Visual Designer

Andrea Lin joined NLP in April 2018 as its first in-house visual designer.

She has done graphic design work for the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University and for KRPR, a Washington public relations firm. She also was a social media intern at National Geographic Partners and a public relations intern at a school district in Naperville, Illinois.

Andrea is a graduate of American University, when she majored in public relations and strategic communications and minored in graphic design. She was the editor in chief of American Way of Life, a student magazine, and previously served as its creative director and public relations manager. She also was the co-chair of AU’s Student Media Board, an organization comprising 10 student publications.

Jake Lloyd

Social Media Manager

Jake Lloyd is NLP’s social media manager, responsible for engaging stakeholders, donors and other supporters, both current and new, and raising awareness of our mission.

He joined NLP in September 2018 from DC SCORES, a nonprofit that serves low-income youth in the District of Columbia by building neighborhood teams that give young people confidence to succeed in sports, in school and in life. In his nine years there, starting as a communications associate and ending as director of digital communications and campaigns, he built its social media platforms from the ground up, established its presence in day-of-giving campaigns and led the development of a new website.

A graduate of Albion College, where he majored in American studies and minored in journalism, Jake began his career as a soccer writer for news outlets in Michigan and North Carolina. He initially worked for DC SCORES while serving as a volunteer for AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) and subsequently joined the organization as communications manager. In his spare time, he has covered college and professional sports events in North Carolina and Washington, D.C., for The Associated Press.

Jordan Maze

Jordan Maze

Senior Manager of User Success

Jordan Maze is NLP’s senior manager of user success.

A graduate of Colorado College with a degree in Russian and Eurasian studies, Jordan spent several years working in Belgrade, Serbia, as an English teacher and as a research assistant at the Center for Applied NonViolent Actions & Strategies and in Sarajevo, Bosnia, as a project assistant for Sarajevo Open Centre. She also was a deputy editor for Balkanist Magazine and has IT help desk experience.

Carol McCarthy

Carol McCarthy

Director of Communications

Carol McCarthy combines journalism and education experience in her role as the News Literacy Project’s director of communications, responsible for connecting NLP and its programs with the news media, educators, donors and other partners in news literacy education.

She came to NLP in December 2018 from the University of Rhode Island, where she spent five years as a communications specialist and public information officer, using a variety of channels to promote research, student and faculty achievements and programs at both URI’s main campus in Kingston and its Coastal Resources Center in Narragansett. She began her journalism career at The Standard-Times in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, and also worked at The Prince George’s Journal in Lanham, Maryland, and two other newspapers in Rhode Island, The Providence Journal and The Newport Daily News. In 1994 she joined The Day, in New London, Connecticut, as a copy editor and page designer; over the next two decades, she advanced to the position of deputy managing editor and launched a successful women’s magazine.

Carol graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and received a master’s degree in journalism and political science from the University of Maryland.

Natalie Quan

Senior Manager of Database Operations

Natalie Quan is NLP’s senior manager of database operations. She supports multiple teams by serving as the point person for collection and organization of data related to NLP’s many stakeholders and programs.

Before joining NLP in October 2018, she spent three years at BUILD, a national youth entrepreneurship program based in Redwood City, California, where she was most recently national grants manager. In that role she managed a portfolio of more than 100 grants, ranging from $5,000 to $4 million, and was the lead author on eight proposals that resulted in grant awards totaling more than $4 million (including one of $1.5 million).

A graduate of UCLA, where she majored in communication studies, Natalie has a law degree from the University of Southern California and practiced civil litigation before turning her abilities to the nonprofit sector. She also has a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Northeastern University.

Miriam Romais

Miriam Romais

Senior Manager of Education and Training

Miriam Romais is the News Literacy Project’s senior manager of education and training, combining her extensive experience as a leader and consultant in the nonprofit world with a lifelong commitment to advocating for equity, education and visual literacy.

Before joining NLP in October 2018, she worked with the Center for Photography at Woodstock in Woodstock, New York, on marketing and strategic development projects. She previously spent more than two decades at En Foco Inc., a nonprofit in the Bronx, New York, supporting photographers of Latinx, African and Asian heritage and Native Peoples of the Americas and Pacific. There, she created workshops, exhibitions and grant opportunities for hundreds of artists and served as executive director from 2005 to 2014. She also was the publisher/editor of En Foco’s photography journal, Nueva Luz, which during her tenure won three Ippie Awards and received four Lucie Award nominations for photography magazine of the year. Her personal photographic work has been awarded several grants and has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the U.S. and abroad, including El Museo del Barrio, the Museum of the City of New York and the Smithsonian Institution.

Apart from her work in the arts, she has been involved with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation in curriculum development, and in training hundreds of RiderCoaches and over 2,000 individual motorcyclists.

Miriam holds a BFA from Rutgers University/Mason Gross School of the Arts and an MBA from the State University of New York/Empire State College with an advanced certificate in Global Brand Marketing.

John Silva

John Silva

Senior Director of Education and Training

John Silva is the News Literacy Project’s senior director of education and training.

He joined NLP in March 2017 with 13 years of experience as a middle and high social studies teacher with Chicago Public Schools. He first became involved with news literacy in 2014 when his students engaged in NLP’s original classroom program.

A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, John spent several years in corporate telecommunications positions before deciding to become a teacher. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in the teaching of history and has a master’s degree in education, with a concentration in e-learning, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2012.

Henok Tedla

Henok Tedla

Finance Director

Henok Tedla is NLP’s first finance director. A certified public accountant licensed in both the District of Columbia and Virginia, he has worked with nonprofit organizations, primarily in the Washington area, for more than 10 years. He came to NLP in July 2019 from the Global Business Travel Association, where he served for two years as director of accounting.

Henok received a bachelor’s degree in business from Addis Ababa University in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and holds an MBA, with a specialty in accounting, from Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants

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Enrique Acevedo

Enrique Acevedo

Enrique Acevedo is a correspondent for the 60 Minutes spinoff program 60 in 6 on Quibi. Previously, he was an Emmy-award winning anchor of Univision’s Noticiero Univision Edición Nocturna, the network’s late-night news program. He has covered major news stories around the globe in English and Spanish for print, broadcast and online media, including three U.S. presidential elections, the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the humanitarian crisis in Haiti and the drug wars in Latin America. Acevedo has profiled and interviewed many world leaders, including former President Barack Obama and Nobel laureates Bishop Desmond Tutu and Kofi Annan. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is a frequent contributor on NPR’s Here and Now and on some of the most popular radio shows in Latin America. His writing has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, El País, Reforma, and Letras Libres, among other prestigious publications. For his contributions to journalism in the public interest and to news literacy, he earned the News Literacy Project’s John S. Carroll Journalist of the Year Award for 2019. He currently resides in Miami, Florida with his wife and two sons.

Whit Ayres

Whit Ayres

Whit Ayres is a leading Washington, D.C., political consultant with over 30 years of experience in polling and survey research for high profile political campaigns and associations. He is the author of 2016 and Beyond, which illustrates the ways in which new candidates, new messages, and a new tone can help Republicans win the presidency in the New America. As founder and president of North Star Opinion Research, a national public opinion and public affairs research firm located in Alexandria, VA, Whit provides message development advice and strategic insights to high level political clients. He has been active in The American Association of Political Consultants for over 20 years and was honored as the Republican Pollster of the Year by the organization. Whit’s comments and analysis appear in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and numerous regional newspapers as well as National Public Radio. Whit founded his company after a career as a tenured professor in the Department of Government and International Studies at the University of South Carolina. Whit is a graduate of Davidson College and holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Geraldine Baum

Geraldine Baum

Secretary

Geraldine Baum is the assistant dean of external affairs at CUNY’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, where she is responsible for communications, branding and marketing initiatives. She previously worked for six years as senior vice president for communications and marketing at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a nonprofit that focuses on community transformation. Earlier, Geraldine spent more than two decades as a reporter at the Los Angeles Times, where she served as bureau chief in New York City and Paris and also reported from Washington. She began her journalism career at The Miami Herald and spent seven years at Newsday, where she was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for General Local or Spot News Reporting in 1984. Before joining the NLP board, she was a member and the chair of NLP’s New York City advisory committee.

Tucker Eskew

Tucker Eskew

Tucker Eskew is a founding partner at Vianovo, a strategic advisory firm with offices in Washington, Dallas, Austin and Mexico City. He began his career in politics as a college student, working on President Ronald Reagan’s re-election campaign in 1984, and later spent eight years as press secretary for South Carolina Gov. Carroll Campbell. He was a senior communications advisor on George W. Bush’s presidential campaign in 2000 and joined the Bush White House in 2001, serving as director of media affairs and director of global communications. After the Sept. 11 attacks, Tucker went to London as President Bush’s wartime communications representative to No. 10 Downing Street. He held a leadership role in the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign and in 2008 was counselor to the GOP vice presidential nominee. Tucker also serves on the boards of the Melanoma Research Foundation and Goodwin House, a retirement community in Alexandria, Virginia.

Eva Haller

Eva Haller

Eva Haller is a much-honored nonprofit leader and philanthropist. For the last three decades, she and her husband, Dr. Yoel Haller, have been devoted to social, educational and environmental activism. Earlier in her life, she was a co-founder of the Campaign Communications Institute of America, a highly successful consulting firm that revolutionized the use of telephone marketing by Fortune 100 companies and political campaigns. For more than 17 years, Eva served as board chair of Free the Children USA (now part of WE Charity), which partners with communities to work from within to break the cycle of poverty. She is a trustee of the Rubin Museum of Art and the University of California Santa Barbara Foundation and serves on the boards of the Creative Visions Foundation, Sing for Hope, Video Volunteers, Asia Initiatives and A Blade of Grass.

Peter Kadzik

Peter Kadzik

Treasurer

Peter Kadzik is a partner at Venable LLP, focusing on the firm’s congressional investigations practice and working closely with the investigations and white collar defense, litigation and regulatory practices. His association with NLP began with its creation in 2008, when he worked on its application for tax-exempt status as a nonprofit organization. He also was the founding chair of NLP’s Washington, D.C., advisory committee before resigning in 2013 to join the U.S. Department of Justice as principal deputy assistant attorney general for legislative affairs. From June 2014 to January 2017, Peter served as assistant attorney general in charge of the Office of Legislative Affairs, where he managed the department’s relationships with Congress and advocated for its interests on Capitol Hill, including the confirmations of Loretta Lynch as U.S. attorney general, Sally Yates as deputy attorney general and James Comey as director of the FBI. Upon leaving government service, he rejoined NLP’s D.C. advisory committee.

Greg McCaffery

Greg McCaffery

Chair

Greg McCaffery retired in 2019 as chairman of Bloomberg BNA (now known as Bloomberg Industry Group), Bloomberg LP’s legal, tax and regulatory information subsidiary. He joined the Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) in 1986 and held reporting and editing positions on several publications until 1990, when he was appointed to management. Greg was promoted to vice president and editor-in-chief in 2000, publisher in July 2001 and president in 2007. He was named CEO and president in 2012, shortly after Bloomberg acquired BNA, and chairman in 2018.

Alan C. Miller

Alan C. Miller is the founder and CEO of the News Literacy Project. He was a reporter with the Los Angeles Times for 21 years before leaving in March 2008 to establish NLP. He spent nearly 19 years in the Times’ Washington bureau, the last 14 as a charter member of its high-profile investigative team. Alan previously worked at The Times Union in Albany, New York, and The Record in Hackensack, New Jersey. He won more than a dozen national reporting honors, including the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.

Walt Mossberg

Walt Mossberg

Walt Mossberg spent more than a quarter-century writing and thinking about technology, first as the creator of the Personal Technology column in The Wall Street Journal and then as co-founder and co-executive editor of the technology website Recode and columnist at The Verge and Recode. He began his journalism career in 1970 as a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, rising to become deputy chief of the Washington bureau before starting the Personal Technology column in 1991. With Kara Swisher, another Journal columnist, Walt founded the technology website AllThingsD.com; they also were the co-creators and co-producers of D: All Things Digital, the premier annual technology conference that became the Code Conference after they left the Journal to start Recode in 2014. Walt retired in 2017, the same year that he was honored by the Gerald Loeb Awards, the most prestigious prizes in business journalism, with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Molly Hill Patten

Molly Hill Patten is chief financial officer at ONE, an international nonpartisan nonprofit that is campaigning to end global poverty and preventable disease by 2030. She joined ONE in February 2020 from Ideas42, a nonprofit that applies behavioral science to complex problems, where she was chief operating officer. Molly has an extensive background in finance and business, including at Aledade, a health tech startup, where she was senior vice president of finance and operations; Revolution LLC, where she was vice president of finance; Exclusive Resorts, where she was vice president for financial and strategic planning; and AOL, where she was director of broadband. As an independent financial consultant, she focused on capital markets, transactions, finance function optimization and strategy for small and midsize for-profit and nonprofit companies. She was named Financial Executive of the Year by the Maryland Tech Council in 2017.

Bridgett Price

Bridgett Price

Bridgett Price is global human resources officer for Brand, Marketing, Sales & Consumer Services and Information Technology at Marriott International. Her two decades at Marriott include six years as senior vice president for human resources and seven years in London as chief human resources officer for Europe. After serving almost 14 years as a major in the U.S. Air Force, she held a variety of positions at Anheuser-Busch before joining Marriott in 2000. She was named to Black Enterprise magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Corporate America” list in 2019 and to Black Meetings and Tourism Magazine’s list of “The Top African Americans in the Hotel Industry” in 2005. A graduate of California State University, San Bernardino, she holds a master’s degree in personnel management from Central Michigan University, a master’s degree in education and counseling psychology from the University of Southern California and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Arizona State University.

Liz Ramos

Liz Ramos

Liz Ramos teaches history and U.S. government at Alta Loma High School in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., where she has worked since 2005. As an active integrator of technology to help students seek out information and show what they have learned, she emphasizes media and digital literacies with her students and participates in a variety of Twitter communities and Computer Using Educator events with other educators. Liz began using NLP’s Checkology® virtual classroom in 2016 — first with her remedial students during the summer and then with her college prep and AP government students in the fall — and shared its benefits for both classes at the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) annual conference in December 2016. She served on NLP’s strategic plan steering committee and led a teacher workshop about the virtual classroom at the NCSS conference in November 2017. In 2019 she was named Outstanding Secondary Level Social Studies Teacher of the Year by the California Council for the Social Studies.

Juliet Stipeche

Juliet Stipeche

Juliet Stipeche is director of education for Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, a position she has held since February 2016. Her role is to coordinate education programs and resources between the city government and Houston’s schools, community colleges, universities and nonprofits. She served on the Houston Independent School District board from November 2010 through December 2015 and was its president in 2014. Between 2013 and early 2016, Juliet was associate director of the Richard Tapia Center for Excellence & Equity at Rice University, where she served as project manager for several programs, including the XSEDE Scholars Program and the Empowering Leadership Alliance. She was also a partner at the law firm Nagorny & Stipeche.

Christina Van Tassel

Christina Van Tassell

Christina Van Tassell joined Dow Jones, the publisher of The Wall Street Journal and Barron’s, as chief financial officer (CFO) in 2017. She previously was global CFO at Xaxis, a digital media business within the global marketing and communications company WPP, and a partner and CFO at Centurion Holdings, a consulting and investment firm. Christina began her career in finance at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), working in New York City, the United Kingdom and Sweden.

Karen Wickre

Vice Chair

Karen Wickre is a longtime communications strategist and editor. Based in Silicon Valley, she spent a total of 15 years at Google and Twitter before forming KVOX Media, a business communications consultancy, in 2016. As editorial director at Google for nine years, she managed a growing network of Google’s owned content — its network of public blogs and social media accounts — which reach tens of millions of people around the world. She then held a similar role at Twitter, where she overhauled the corporate publishing process and cadence; she also managed employee communications for a company of 3500. Karen is also a long-time supporter of journalism and journalists. She co-founded the annual unconference Newsgeist, which is supported by Google and the Knight Foundation, to explore new approaches to news and information delivery. She is vice chair of the NLP board and chair of the Board of Visitors for the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships program at Stanford University. She is also the author of Taking the Work Out of Networking: Your Guide to Making and Keeping Great Connections (Simon & Schuster, 2019).

National Leadership Council

Don Baer

Chairman, BCW (Burson Cohn & Wolfe)

Kim Brizzolara

Documentarian and film producer
Former journalist

Neil Budde


David Callaway

Journalist and consultant
Former president, World Editors Forum; former CEO, TheStreet Inc.; former editor in chief, USA Today

Alisyn Camerota

Anchor, New Day
CNN

Edward Cohen

Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Madison,
Wisconsin in Washington, D.C., Internship Program
Former attorney and policy advocate

Nelson Cunningham

President
McLarty Associates

Margaret Farley

Adjunct instructor
School of Communication, American University

James Ferrari

Social entrepreneur
CEO, Ferrari Media

Matea Gold

National political enterprise and investigations editor
The Washington Post

Jessica Guff

Journalist and consultant
Former executive producer, ABC News

Peter Herzberg

Educational leader and consultant
Adjunct instructor, CUNY LaGuardia Community College

Leslie Hill


Bill Keller

Former correspondent, executive editor, columnist
The New York Times
Founding editor, The Marshall Project

Rob King

Senior vice president for original content
ESPN

Wesley Lowery

Correspondent
60 in 6 (a 60 Minutes/Quibi partnership)

Terry Peterson

Director
Afterschool and Community Learning National Network

Peter Sagal

Radio personality and author
Host, NPR’s Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!

Tanya Brara Shah

Vice President, The Commonwealth Fund
Former assistant commissioner
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

D. Archibald Smart

Principal consultant, DKR Insights
Director, Smart Family Fund

Linda Rothenberg Stein


Sheila Solomon

Strategic alliance liaison and manager
Rivet

Pierre Thomas

Senior justice correspondent
ABC News

Amy Weisenbach

Senior vice president for marketing and media strategy
The New York Times

Catherine Woodard

Poet; former journalist

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Position: News literacy ambassador

The application period for this position has closed. Thank you for your interest.   The News Literacy Project (NLP) is working to embed news literacy into the American education experience. To assist in this work, NLP is launching the News Literacy Educator Network in January 2021. The ambassador program is a central part of the network,…

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