Meet the Team

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


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 and at Roosevelt University and Chicago City Colleges’ Wilbur Wright campus. In addition, he has worked with the New York City 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.

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.

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Suzannah Gonzales

Associate Director of Education

As NLP’s associate director of education, Suzannah Gonzales collaborates with the education team on new programs and resources, writes for The Sift and the NLP website, and serves as the education team liaison to NewsLitCamps and the Newsroom to Classroom program.

She joined NLP in March 2019 from Reuters, where she spent more than seven years as a Chicago-based correspondent and an editor liaising with media clients. She previously worked as a reporter at the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman, the St. Petersburg (Florida) Times, The Providence (Rhode Island) Journal and Rhode Island’s public radio station. She began her journalism career as a research assistant to Washington Post columnist Bob Levey, an assistant producer at 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 Lynn Hickey

Mary Lynn Hickey

Vice President, Administration

Mary has more than 15 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.

Leslie Hoffecker

Leslie Hoffecker

Senior Editor

Leslie Hoffecker made a long affiliation with the News Literacy Project formal in January 2016, when she joined the staff as senior editor. She had been volunteering as an editor with NLP since its founding in 2008.

She began her newspaper career as an editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer and has also worked at the Los Angeles Times, Congressional Quarterly and Bloomberg News. At the Inquirer she was a member of the writing and editing team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Local General or Spot News Reporting for coverage of the Three Mile Island nuclear accident, and she was cited internally by the Inquirer for her editing work on two other Pulitzer winners.

When her husband’s job took the family to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in the 1990s, she became a stringer for The Associated Press and was the English-language writer/editor at the Saudi Arabian Field Epidemiology Training Program, a joint project of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health.

Leslie is a graduate of Vassar College, where she majored in political science.

Joe Keeton

Vice President, Educator Services

Joe Keeton is the News Literacy Project’s vice president of educator services, leading our efforts to market the Checkology® virtual classroom and other NLP programs to schools and districts across the United States.

He comes to NLP with 20 years of experience in K–12 education sales at Follett Corporation, a national education services company, where he rose through the ranks to become an area vice president of sales, overseeing a $100 million portfolio that included software, library tools and content, textbooks and more. In 2015 he was presented with the Literacy Leader Award from the University of South Carolina for his support of school libraries and literacy programs throughout the state.

Joe graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in marketing. Before joining NLP in October 2018, he spent three years as the Southeast district sales leader at Lawson Products Inc., a national distributor of industrial parts.

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Niki Lessig

Director of Individual Giving

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

Education Project Manager

Jordan Maze is NLP’s education project manager.

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.

Jordan speaks Spanish, Russian and Serbian/Bosnian/Croatian.

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 Kingstown 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.

Alan Miller

Alan C. Miller

Founder and CEO

Alan C. Miller, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, is the founder and CEO of the News Literacy Project. He was a reporter at 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. His work prompted investigations by the Justice Department, Congress and inspectors general 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.

Before joining the Times, Alan worked at The Record in Hackensack, New Jersey, as a state and county political reporter and at The Times Union in Albany, New York, as a political and state investigative reporter.

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. In 2018 he accepted an invitation to join the NationSwell Council, a network of nonprofit executives and other service-minded leaders.

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.

Natalie Quan

Development Operations Manager

Natalie Quan is NLP’s development operations manager, supporting our fund-raising efforts by enhancing our proposal writing, donor tracking and analytics.

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.

Damaso Reyes

Damaso Reyes

Head of Global Partnerships

Damaso Reyes is the News Literacy Project’s head of global partnerships.

A multimedia journalist whose work has been published by The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The Miami Herald, the San Francisco Chronicle, New York magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, and Der Spiegel, he spent three years as a volunteer journalist fellow for NLP, making presentations in New York City classrooms both in person and remotely from Barcelona, Spain, where he lived for several years. He joined the NLP staff in June 2016.

Damaso is also a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute, focusing on migration issues, and spent more than a decade as the principal photographer for The Europeans, a long-term photographic documentary project examining the changes that Europe and its people are experiencing as the European Union expands and integrates. Previous assignments and projects have taken him to a variety of countries, including Rwanda, Iraq, Indonesia and Tanzania, and throughout the United States. His images are featured in the 2014 monograph “Black: A Celebration of a Culture” and the 2005 book Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go to War.

A 2008 Fulbright Scholar, Damaso has received several grants and awards, including a 2007 Arthur F. Burns Fellowship, a 2012 Knight-Luce Fellowship for reporting on global religion, a 2013 French-American Foundation Fellowship for immigration reporting and a 2015 Holbrooke Fellowship from the International Center for Journalists.

Damaso attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he majored in photography.

Miriam Romais

Miriam Romais

Professional Engagement Manager

Miriam Romais is the News Literacy Project’s professional engagement manager, 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 for two years 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 photography nonprofit in the Bronx, New York, where she created seminars, 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 (two for photo essays and one for overall design) and received four Lucie Award nominations for photography magazine of the year.

Apart from her work in the arts, she has been involved with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation as a trainer and a RiderCoach, teaching more than 200 coaches and more than 2,000 individual motorcyclists.

Miriam graduated from Rutgers University with a BFA in documentary photography with studies in cultural anthropology. Her work has been awarded 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. She also holds an MBA from the State University of New York/Empire State College.

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.

John Silva

John Silva

Director of Education

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

He came to NLP in March 2017 with 13 years of experience as a history teacher with Chicago Public Schools, including seven years at Lindblom Math & Science Academy, one of CPS’s top selective enrollment schools. He began working with NLP at Lindblom, where he implemented the curriculum in his 8th- and 11th-grade history classes.

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 educational technologies, 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

Alicia Trader

Alicia Trader

Service Support Associate

Alicia Trader has joined NLP’s educator services team as its first service support associate.

She came to NLP in July 2019 from Perma-Bound Books, one of the largest educational resource organizations in the United States, where she spent almost two decades as marketing department coordinator. She has extensive experience with educational conferences, direct marketing, support for hundreds of sales representatives and customer service for thousands of customers.

Alicia has a degree in marketing from Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Illinois.

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.

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.

Board of Directors

Geraldine Baum

Geraldine Baum


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.

Mollie Hemingway

Mollie Hemingway

Mollie Hemingway is a senior editor at The Federalist and a contributor to Fox News. She began her journalism career at Radio & Records, a trade magazine, and in 2002 joined Federal Times, which covers management of the federal government, as a reporter. In 2005, after spending a year studying the blending of religion and politics in American culture, she began blogging for GetReligion, a website that examines the coverage of religion in the mainstream media; before joining The Federalist in 2013, she spent three years as an editor at Ricochet, which describes itself as offering “the best center-right conversation on the planet.” Her freelance work has been published by The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, RealClearPolitics and National Review, among others. Mollie was a 2004 Phillips Foundation Journalism Fellow, a 2014 Lincoln Fellow of The Claremont Institute and a Spring 2016 Eugene C. Pulliam Distinguished Fellow in Journalism at Hillsdale College.

Peter Kadzik

Peter Kadzik


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.

Rob King

Rob King

Rob King is ESPN’s senior vice president for original content, responsible for oversight of the company’s original content portfolio (ESPN Films, 30 for 30 and ESPN+ original series), the domestic and international longform journalists (ESPN The Magazine, The Undefeated, espnW, E:60 and features), the investigative journalism unit and Outside the Lines. He began his journalism career at the Commercial-News in Danville, Illinois, and also worked at the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky. Rob joined ESPN in 2004 after seven years at The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he was a graphic artist, deputy sports editor, assistant managing editor and deputy managing editor. He is a member of the Associated Press board and the Poynter Institute board.

Greg McCaffery

Greg McCaffery


Greg McCaffery is chairman of Bloomberg BNA (BBNA), Bloomberg LP’s legal, tax and regulatory information subsidiary. He joined the Bureau of National Affairs 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; 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 operating officer at Ideas42, a nonprofit that applies behavioral science to complex problems around the world. She joined Ideas42 from Aledade, a health tech start-up, where she was senior vice president of finance and operations. She has an extensive background in finance and business, including at 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, Molly 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. She is a member of the board of directors of Unruly, a video marketplace owned by News Corp.

Karen Wickre

Vice Chair

Karen Wickre describes herself as a “communications strategist, sounding board, channeler of ideas and connector of people.” She spent nearly 15 years at Twitter and Google before forming KVOX Media, a communications consulting firm catering to business clients, in early 2016. As editorial director at Twitter, she oversaw internal and corporate marketing communications and managed more than 20 global blogs, 200 Twitter accounts and other public content channels and sites. She joined Twitter in 2011 from Google, where for nearly a decade she was senior media liaison and worked on global communications and public affairs. Karen helped to found Newsgeist, an annual “un-conference,” supported by Google and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, that encourages new approaches to news and information delivery. She is the author of Taking the Work Out of Networking: An Introvert’s Guide to Making Connections That Count, published in 2018.

National Leadership Council

Don Baer

Worldwide chair and CEO of Burson-Marsteller

Kim Brizzolara

Documentarian and film producer;
former journalist

Neil Budde

Alisyn Camerota

Anchor, New Day

Nelson Cunningham

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

Peter Herzberg

Educational leader and consultant
Adjunct instructor, CUNY LaGuardia Community College

Leslie Hill

Terry Peterson

Director of the Afterschool and Community Learning National Network

Gwen Potiker

D. Archibald Smart

Principal Consultant, DKR Insights
Director, Smart Family Fund

Linda Rothenberg Stein

Sheila Solomon

Strategic alliance liaison and manager

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