Ben Hammer, Board of Directors
Ben Hammer is a communications and public affairs strategist who works with executives throughout the media & technology industries to help them tell their stories, advocate for policy positions, find consensus with coalition partners, and plan for major strategic events. Ben is a former vice president of strategic communications for The Glover Park Group, and was a business reporter in NY and DC for newswires, magazines, and newspapers. He focuses on coalition formation and management, M&A and foreign investments under government review, complex litigation and antitrust cases, and international business. Ben is also a member of the board of directors of the National Network to End Domestic Violence.
Lindsay D’Ambrosio, Board of Directors
Lindsay D’Ambrosio helps lead the outreach/communications, and evaluation/assessment efforts at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships, which houses the NSF industry/academe collaboration programs in addition to the Small Business Innovation Research program. Lindsay received a B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of Maryland- College Park in 2009 and an M.S. from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill in 2011 studying Marine Microbiology. Before coming to the NSF, Lindsay worked in outreach and program coordination at the non-profit American Council On Renewable Energy in Washington, DC.
Amanda Barrett, Board of Directors
Amanda Barrett previously served as Marketing Director for Mediabistro.com, where she oversaw social media, web, email, and event marketing for a start-up connected media professionals to new opportunities and each other. Several years ago she founded Amanda Barrett Marketing and Strategy to help social enterprises — companies that believe you can do well by doing good. Her current clients include: Community Youth Summits, a grassroots, collaborative event that build teen awareness and management of health and mental health concerns, and 20×200, an online art market that sells affordable “art for everyone,” encouraging new collectors and sustaining artists.
Gregory Luce, Board of Directors
Gregory Luce is the author of the chapbooks Signs of Small Grace (Pudding House Publications) and Drinking Weather (Finishing Line Press), and the collection Memory and Desire (Sweatshoppe Publications). His poems have appeared in numerous print and online journals, and in the anthologies Living in Storms (Eastern Washington University Press) and Bigger Than They Appear (Accents Publishing). He lives in Washington, D.C. where he works for the National Geographic Society. He is the 2014 winner of the Larry Neal Writers Award, awarded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Patrick Cavanaugh, Board of Directors
Patrick is a digital marketing, public relations and social media professional, providing strategic guidance from BRINK, a creative digital agency, through client relations, project management, product innovation and business development. In addition to overseeing both design and development teams, his work includes executing brand strategy, user experience and graphic design, copywriting, content planning and website administration. A culture geek, Patrick combines his passion for art, literature, music and movies with a progressive digital literacy, providing a broad swath of knowledge and experience in his role as Senior Strategist. Originally from Miami, Florida, he was a National Merit Scholar at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School and a Presidential Scholar at the University of Southern California, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy, minoring in Performing Arts Studies, and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Public Relations.
Tina Barksdale, Board of Directors
Tina Barksdale was raised the only girl in a household with seven younger brothers in a biracial family of strong faith in the Adirondack valley of Upstate New York. Her home life reinforced development of individual thought and she was home-schooled until age 13. Tina has been an activist with an interest in the arts since her early teens. In high school she wrote petitions and organized school sit-ins while taking classical piano lessons and writing poetry for the school paper. She completed her Bachelor of Arts at Oberlin College which is where she began to explore her interest in social dance, and pursued her Masters at American University’s School of International Service, which brought her to settle in the Washington DC area in 2000. Tina is a marketing specialist and self-proclaimed Ambassador of Social Dance, and her work includes business management, fundraising, event organization, media outreach and forging of dynamic inter-entity partnerships.
Rachel Cohen, Board of Directors
Rachel Cohen works on national energy and transportation policy issues with the Union of Concerned Scientists. She is the Senior Outreach Coordinator for UCS’ Half the Oil campaign to clean up the transportation sector by cutting oil use and global warming emissions. Prior to UCS Rachel worked at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, educating and mobilizing Reform Jewish communities around issues including climate change, clean energy and food justice. She is a past participant in the Jeremiah Fellowship, a leadership training and non-profit organizing program of Jews United for Justice. When not working or volunteering with JUFJ or Day Eight, you can likely find Rachel on the ultimate frisbee fields around the DC metro area.
Chris Weiss, Board of Directors
Chris Weiss is the Executive Director of the DC Environmental Network (DCEN). He has extensive roots in environmental advocacy having grown up in Santa Barbara, California—known to many as the environmental capitol of the state. Both as an environmental and Democratic Party activist, Chris has assisted and led many successful candidate and issue campaigns. He also has over 10 years of experience as an election campaign professional. He has consulted with and run successful local and statewide election campaign efforts in California, Florida, Texas and North Carolina. Chris managed the successful campaign of D.C. At-Large Councilmember (now DC Council Chair) Phil Mendelson, and then served as the newly elected member’s Chief of Staff. He subsequently joined Friends of the Earth, in 2001, to direct the efforts of the DC Environmental Network. Chris has spent a decade growing the Network and helping to win over 30 significant environmental campaigns to restore area rivers, combat global warming and promote food security in the Washington Metro region. Chris moved DCEN out of Friends of the Earth in 2011 and partnered with Global Green USA to continue our work on sustainability issues in the Washington Metro region.
Noah Peters, Outside Counsel – ex officio Board of Directors
Noah Peters is Of Counsel to Bailey & Ehrenberg, a firm specializing in Labor & Employment, Employee Benefits, and business law. His practice focuses on the representation of individuals and businesses in a broad range of Labor & Employment matters, with a focus on wage-and-hour claims and claims under federal, state and local anti-discrimination laws such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Prior to joining Bailey & Ehrenberg, Noah worked as a Labor & Employment associate for Kaye Scholer LLP, a major international law firm. At Kaye Scholer, he was part of the team that represented the former corporate officer and directors of a telecommunications company, including drafting a successful motion to dismiss a $6 million lawsuit brought by a lender against the former Chief Financial Officer. He also co-authored two amicus briefs in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2009, and holds a B.A. in Politics and History and an M.A. in American Legal History from the University of Virginia.
Joshua Dadeboe, Accountant – ex officio Board of Directors
Joshua Dadeboe is an accountant working and living in Washington, D.C. He joined the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) as an auditor in 2011. Prior to joining USAC, he worked in public accounting for two and half years after earning his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Robert Morris University (PA).
Ethelbert Miller, Advisory Board
E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist. He is the board chairperson of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), and Provisions Library for Social Change. He is a board member of The Writer’s Center and editor of Poet Lore magazine. Since 1974, he has been the director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University. Mr. Miller is the former chair of the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. and a former core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College. His recent publications include, How We Sleep On The Nights We Don’t Make Love (2004), and The 5th Inning (2009).
Sali Ann Kriegsman, Advisory Board
Sali Ann Kriegsman’s efforts to advance the art and artists of dance and to nurture greater appreciation of the arts include her work as a writer, critic, editor, funder, artistic and executive director, presenter, producer, teacher and adviser. She has served as artistic adviser to the Digital Dance Library planning project, president of the Dance Heritage Coalition (the alliance of major American dance collections), executive director of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, director of the National Endowment for the Arts Dance Program, dance consultant to the Smithsonian Institution, executive editor at The American Film Institute, and administrator of The American Dance Theater, the first professional modern dance repertory company, co-directed by Jose Limon and Anna Sokolow at Lincoln Center. She has taught and lectured at schools, universities, festivals, museums and community centers across the country and abroad, and advised private and public funding agencies. Her book, Modern Dance in America: The Bennington Years, the first exhaustive documentary history of that legendary period, was hailed by The New York Times as “a vivid and human picture of a crucial chapter in American culture.” Her articles, criticism and essays have been published in a variety of periodicals and reference sources. Among her awards is the NEA’s 1989 Distinguished Service Award, the 1997 Flo-Bert, shared with Donald O’Connor and Milt Hinton; the 1999 Preservation of our Heritage–American Dance Award from Oklahoma City University; the 2002 Tap Preservation Award from the New York Tap Festival and the 2006 Tradition in Tap Award for her contribution to the art and tradition of tap dance.
Kathryn Pasternak, Advisory Board
Kathryn Pasternak writes, produces, directs and shoots wildlife films, and films about extraordinary relationships between people and animals, for international television distribution, internet distribution, and the independent documentary market. Pasternak is the recipient of two, National Emmy awards, and the nominee for two more, as well as the winner of numerous other international awards. She spent 15 years at National Geographic Television, the last 9 years of which she was Senior Producer in the Natural History Unit. Pasternak studied Fine Arts at Harvard University, graduating in 1985 Magna cum laude with Highest Honors. Pasternak is a longtime Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, having received their Silver Medal in 1985 for her work in and support of the Arts. She’s also a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and a board member of the Missoula International Wildlife Film Festival. Her current project, DOEVILLE, tells the intimate story of Virginia’s last deer farmer, Gail Rose, a woman struggling to keep her farm and her dream alive. The film is slated for completion during the first quarter 2014.
Clay Johnson, Advisory Board
Clay Johnson is best known as the co-founder of Blue State Digital, the firm that built and managed Barack Obama’s online campaign for the presidency in 2008. After leaving Blue State, Johnson was the director of Sunlight Labs at the Sunlight Foundation, where he built an army of 2000 developers and designers to build open source tools to give people greater access to government data. He was awarded the Google/O’Reilly Open Source Organizer of the year in 2009, was one of Federal Computing Week’s Fed 100 in 2010, and won the CampaignTech Innovator award in 2011. Media Appearances include: CNN TV — Expert on Open Government Data, NPR Weekend All Things Considered, NPR All Things Considered, Fast Company, Wired, The Economist, the New York Times, USA Today and other major outlets. Johnson’s combination of experience as a developer, working in politics, entrepreneurism, and non-profit work gives him a unique perspective on media and culture. His life is dedicated to giving people greater access to the truth about what’s going on in their communities, their cities and their governments. He still claims that he learned all he needs to know from a two year tour as the late-shift waiter at Waffle House in Atlanta, GA.