Team & Careers

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

Staff

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.

Media Appearances

WTTW:
News Educators Say Journalists Should ‘Slow Down’ on Social Media

New York Times:
Lesson of the Day: ‘How to Deal With a Crisis of Misinformation’

NPR:
Misinformation Around the Coronavirus

Education Week:
How to Talk About Social Media and the Capitol Insurrection: A Guide for Teachers

The Hechinger Report:
The in-school push to fight misinformation from the outside world

The Denver Channel:
Everyone should fact check; this is how easy and quick it can be done

Celebrating News Literacy Change-Makers 2021:
Keynote speech by Peter Adams, Senior Vice President of Education

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.

Alan Miller

Alan C. Miller

Founder and CEO

In 2006, Alan C. Miller, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter at the Los Angeles Times, was invited to his daughter’s sixth-grade class to talk about what he did as a journalist and why his work was important. The responses he received led him to think about the impact that many journalists could have if they shared their expertise and experience with the nation’s students. Two years later, he left the Times and established the News Literacy Project.

In February 2009, NLP introduced its classroom and after-school curricula in Bethesda, Maryland, and New York City. Its mission: to teach teenagers how to discern fact from fiction in the digital age. Today, under Alan’s leadership, NLP’s work has grown to include online and in-person programs and resources — not only for middle school and high school students, but also for educators and for the public nationwide.

Alan began his journalism career at The Times Union in Albany, New York, where he was a political and state investigative reporter. He spent five years as a state and county political reporter at The Record in Hackensack, New Jersey, before joining the Times, where he worked for 21 years, the last 14 as a charter member of the Washington bureau’s high-profile investigative team. His reporting prompted investigations by the Justice Department, Congress and inspectors general in federal agencies and resulted in congressional hearings, reforms and criminal convictions.

He has received more than a dozen national reporting honors, including the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for a series on the dangers of the Marine Corps’ Harrier attack jet. His reports on illegal contributions from foreign nationals to the Democratic National Committee in 1996 won the George Polk Award, the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Medal.

Alan 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 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.

Media Appearances

C-SPAN Washington Journal:

Alan Miller on the News Media and Growing Partisan Divide 

The Pew Charitable Trusts:

The Infodemic 

The Hill:

Disinformation, QAnon efforts targeting Latino voters ramp up ahead of presidential election 

CNN Reliable Sources podcast:

Alan Miller says National News Literacy Week is about solving the misinformation pandemic 

WPIX TV:

Fact-checking the ‘tsunami’ of misinformation flooding the web before the election  

The Poynter Institute:

The 19th* is a nonprofit news startup made for the moment 
Give local journalism a fighting chance by creating a demand for it 
The media needs to get the vaccination story right 
Students’ enduring rights to freedoms of speech and the press

Ebonee Rice

Ebonee Rice

Senior Vice President, Educator Network

Ebonee Rice joined the News Literacy Project in April 2020. 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.

Media Appearances

Ms. Magazine:

A Tribute to Women in Journalism Who Cracked Glass Ceilings 

School Library Journal:

News Literacy Project Launches NewsLit Nation, a National Educator Network 

Mozilla Foundation’s Misinfo Monday:

How to Tell Fact from Crap in the Newsfeed  

WRTV Indianapolis:

“We live in the most complicated landscape in history:” The importance of news literacy 

WERA Public Radio, Arlington, Virginia:

The News Literacy Project, with Ebonee Rice 

Charles Salter

Charles Salter

President and Chief Operating Officer

Charles (Chuck) Salter joined the News Literacy Project (newslit.org) as its first-ever chief operating officer in 2018 and was named president and chief operating officer in 2019.  Prior to joining the team, he spent nearly two decades working in the education space – particularly to advance opportunity in under-resourced communities – as a teacher, school leader, teacher union president and as a senior executive with several national education organizations, including: Teach For America in California, New York and Nevada; the Bay Area After-School All-Stars in California; and as regional director, vice president and superintendent of schools with Lighthouse Academies, a national, non-profit charter management organization, where he managed a group of 6 schools outside of Chicago that enrolled more than 2,200 students. Most recently before 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 DC, New York City and Boston.

Chuck earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies and German with university and departmental honors from Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania.  He holds a juris doctor degree from the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University in Bloomington and has graduate certificates from Indiana University and Harvard 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 Bar and is also a trained community mediator.

Media Appearances

EducationWeek:

We Americans Risk Losing the Ability to Govern Ourselves. Better Civics Education Can Help 

WOSU NPR affiliate:

America’s lapse in civic education 

ABC 7 Denver:

Scripps, News Literacy Project join forces to promote news literacy education 

Cap Radio NPR affiliate:

California’s Challenge To Modernize Government, Technology / Improving Civic Knowledge And Engagement In The U.S.  

Life of Gusto podcast:

Charles Salter, President and COO, News Literacy Project 

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.

Media Appearances

New York Daily News:

Don’t let social media spoil your news judgment: A guide to navigating our information jungle 

Cause Pods:

Interview with Darragh Worland of the Is that a fact? podcast 

Chicago Daily Herald:

The News Literacy Project keeps pressure on fact checking  

Newsy:

Conspiracy Theories Linking 5G and COVID-19 Spread 
QAnon Conspiracy Movement Gains Followers in Uncertain Times 
COVID-19 Is Enabling Some Governments to Limit Press Freedoms 

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Katie Aberbach

Education Marketing Manager

Katie Aberbach is NLP’s education marketing manager. She joined NLP in August 2021 and has a background in marketing, communications and journalism.

Katie worked as a marketing writer/editor at Wesleyan University, where she developed and executed strategic initiatives in support of the university’s mission. Previously, she was a senior marketing writer at the Harvard Art Museums, editor-in-chief at Culture magazine, and a senior editor at the Washington Post Express. She has freelanced for the Washington Post, Google and Zagat, among others.

Katie received a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and a master’s degree in communication, culture and technology from Georgetown University.

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Ana Bitter

Visual Designer

Ana Bitter joined NLP in February 2021 as a visual designer.

She previously worked at Hawaii Business Magazine, an award-winning regional business publication, as an intern, and she served as the associate design director at Ka leo O Hawai‘i, her university’s student newspaper.

Ana attended the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, where she earned her bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design, and a certificate in French language. While completing her degree, she produced work commissioned by the Hawai‘i Labor Relations Board and a piece that was exhibited in Tokyo Midtown’s “Open the Park” event, an international exhibition. In addition to her design and copy editing work at Mānoa’s newspaper, she also served as a designer and student manager at the university’s campus graphics office, designing and producing promotional and advertorial materials.

Kim Bowman

Kim Bowman

Senior Associate of User Success

Kim Bowman is NLP’s senior associate of user success.

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.

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Pamela Brunskill

Senior Manager of Education and Content

Pamela Brunskill is a senior manager of education and content at NLP.

Pamela joined NLP in August 2021 after 20 years of experience in education and publishing. She was an elementary and middle school teacher and an adjunct education instructor at schools and colleges in New York and Pennsylvania. As a literacy specialist and consultant, she worked to align and enhance K-8 writing programs in Western New York. She also founded and operated Authors and Educators, a company dedicated to developing curriculum resources for publishers and authors, and she co-authored a book on information literacy.

Pamela holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from SUNY College at Buffalo and a master’s degree in education from the University at Buffalo. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction, and the Science of Learning (CISL) at the University at Buffalo.

Eryn Busch

Eryn Busch

Executive and Board Liaison

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

Director of Educator Network Expansion

Shaelynn Farnsworth is the News Literacy Project’s director of educator network expansion.

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.

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.

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.

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Andrea Lin

Design Manager

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, where 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 Educator Network Operations

Jordan Maze is NLP’s senior manager of educator network operations.

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 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 in Rhode Island, starting at a weekly newspaper and then working at The Providence Journal and The Newport Daily News. Following graduate school, she worked at The Prince George’s Journal in Lanham, Maryland. 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.

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Gina Physic

Senior Manager of Media Relations

Gina Physic is NLP’s senior manager of media relations.

Before joining NLP in April 2021, Gina was a senior communications associate at Advancement Project National Office, a multi-racial civil rights organization. In this role, she supported the organization’s national campaign for #PoliceFreeSchools and utilized the value of storytelling to empower people to share their stories as a catalyst for social and racial justice.

In 2011, Gina began her career at the global public relations firm, Edelman. She has also worked for Viacom (MTV/VH1) and the Boston Planning & Development Agency, where she was Assistant Director of Media Relations and Public Affairs during the agency’s rebranding.

Gina holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Grinnell College and a master’s degree in African American Studies from Boston University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She is an alum of the Posse Foundation and a 2019 scholarship recipient of The Wing, where she pursued a storytelling project to create a space for formerly incarcerated women to tell their stories.

Elizabeth Price

Elizabeth Price

Manager of Professional Learning

Elizabeth Price is NLP’s manager of professional learning.

Prior to joining NLP in July 2021, Elizabeth worked as a program manager at the self-driving vehicle company Cruise. During her time there, she served as the co-advocacy lead for Empowering Women of Cruise (EWOC), where she organized tailored programming and outreach initiatives to support women and women-identifying members in STEAM. She also served as the Southern California site lead for Cruisers of the African Diaspora (COAD), building community engagement programming for Black employees and local students.

Elizabeth previously worked at Google as a field operations associate.

She holds a Project Management Professional certification and earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in communication management and communication from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

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.

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Miriam Romais

Senior Manager, Educator Engagement

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.

Media Appearances

UOL.com
“Precisamos aprender a não compartilhar desinformação”, diz especialista (We need to learn not to share disinformation, says expert). 

Medium
Thoughts on history, photojournalism and photo manipulation.

WLRN Miami
‘It’s A Necessity’: Miami-Dade Teachers Learn How to Spot Misinformation Online.

Areas of Agreement Podcast
Episode 5: Life in a Local News Desert

Education for a Sustainable Democracy Podcast
Assessing Truth in the News, with John Silva and Miriam Romais (News Literacy Project)

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John Silva

Senior Director of Professional Learning

John Silva is the News Literacy Project’s senior director of profession learning.

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.

Media Appearances

The Associated Press

Virus outbreak means (mis)information overload: How to cope 

EdSurge

Can Your Students Tell the Difference Between Fact and Fiction? 

KGTV San Diego

Election rumors permeating social networks underscores need for media literacy 

The List

How to Spot Red Flag Phrases in Online Content 

30 Seconds

Fact or Fake? How to Help Kids & Adults Spot Misinformation Online  

NLP

Use PEP to talk to conspiracy believers 

Education for a Sustainable Democracy Podcast
Assessing Truth in the News, with John Silva and Miriam Romais (News Literacy Project)

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Amelia Thompson

Digital Marketing Manager

Amelia Thompson is NLP’s digital marketing manager.

Amelia joined NLP in February 2021 after working as a graphic designer and front-end developer at several companies, including Quadmetrics, a cybersecurity startup; Teal Media, a creative design agency; and Nuspire, a global managed security services provider.  She also freelanced for NLP for about a year, coding and testing The Sift and Get Smart About News. Amelia graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in informatics. As an undergraduate, she interned in the marketing department at Merit Network, a nonprofit organization. Amelia is based in Chicago.

Board of Directors

Enrique Acevedo

Enrique Acevedo

Enrique Acevedo is a correspondent for CBS News. 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 operating officer at Sitka, a healthcare startup committed to improving access to and delivery of healthcare across the United States. She joined Sitka in April 2021 from ONE, an international nonpartisan nonprofit that is campaigning to end global poverty and preventable disease by 2030, where she was chief financial officer. Molly has an extensive background in finance and business, including at Ideas42, a nonprofit that applies behavioral science to complex problems, where she was chief operating officer; 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. 

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Abby Phillip

Abby Phillip is CNN’s senior political correspondent and anchor of Inside Politics Sunday, an hour-long program featuring a panel of top-tier political analysts. She served as CNN’s White House correspondent through 2019 and anchored its Election Night special coverage in 2020. Phillip joined CNN in 2017 from The Washington Post, where she most recently served as a national political reporter, covering the White House. Before joining the Post, Phillip was a digital reporter for politics at ABC News. She also covered the Obama White House for POLITICO as well as campaign finance and lobbying. Phillip is writing a book, THE DREAM DEFERRED: Jesse Jackson, Black Political Power, and the Year that Changed America, which will be released in 2022 and will serve as the first major contemporary book on Jackson’s life and political legacy. Phillip is a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in government.

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 vice president of sales at EBS Benefit Advisors, a full-service insurance brokerage and consulting resource for mid-size to large employer groups. She most recently served as director of education for Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, advancing educational equity and promoting coordination between city government and Houston’s schools, community colleges, universities, and nonprofits. She served as Trustee for District VIII on the Houston Independent School District board from 2010 to 2015 and was its president in 2014. Between 2013 and early 2016, Juliet was the associate director of the Richard Tapia Center for Excellence & Equity at Rice University. She remains a shareholder at the law office of Nagorny & Stipeche, P.C.  

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

Kim Brizzolara

Documentarian and film producer
Former journalist

Alisyn Camerota

Anchor, New Day
CNN

Betty Cohen

Founder, Hearts & Minds Media
Founding president, Cartoon Network
Former CEO, Lifetime

Edward Cohen

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

Nelson Cunningham

President
McLarty Associates

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

Leslie Hill


David Hiller

Former president and CEO, Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Former publisher, Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times

Bill Keller

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

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

Jim VandeHei

Co-founder and CEO, Axios
Former CEO and founder, Politico

Amy Weisenbach

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

Catherine Woodard

Poet; former journalist

Careers


Working at NLP offers an opportunity to collaborate with a group of remarkably dedicated people on one of the most pressing issues of our time. Our people are our most treasured asset, and we recognize that individual perspectives and unique life experiences strengthen the quality of our work. We are committed to promoting and preserving diversity, equity and inclusion in everything we do.

OUR VALUES

NLP is a virtual workplace, meaning that most of our staff work primarily from home. When in-person collaboration is needed, we do have shared workspaces in Washington, New York City and Chicago. We thrive on a supportive environment where each staff member is made to feel welcome and is a valued member of the team. We deeply value diversity in the workplace and strongly believe that a diverse team enriches our organization and strengthens our ability to realize our mission (read/print NLP’s Organizational Values [PDF] and Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion [PDF]).

While we are extremely mission-driven, we still take time to have fun.

Current staff agree:

“NLP has given me the opportunity to grow in ways I couldn’t have imagined and the flexibility to maintain a good work/life balance.”

“As a veteran, I know how important it is to work toward a larger goal with an exemplary team. At NLP I get both, and my love for working in administration is connected to a mission that truly matters.”

While working at NLP, you can expect all this, along with a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive salaries based on experience and position.
  • 401(k) plan with annual employer match.
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance and employer-funded HSA.
  • Annual professional development funds for each employee.
  • Generous PTO including paid holidays, floating personal days, vacation days and sick days.
  • Potential for annual performance-based raises and bonuses.
  • Flexible virtual work environment supporting a positive work/life balance.

For an overview of our generous benefits package, check out our HR benefits summary (PDF). Browse through our open positions to see if you (or someone you know) might be a fit. You can submit your résumé here for general consideration. All submitted résumés are kept on file for six months.

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Current Positions

Position: Development Intern

The News Literacy Project (NLP) is seeking a part-time development intern. There is intense public interest in NLP’s work, and we are experiencing tremendous growth.

Working at News Literacy Project

We thrive on a supportive environment where each staff member is made to feel welcome and is a valued member of the team. While we are extremely mission-driven, we still take time to have fun.