Our Team

Elizabeth Green


Co-founder and CEO of Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization dedicated to telling the story of education in America, one community at a time. Founded in 2014, Chalkbeat is now one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing nonprofit news organizations, with reporters in seven locations. Elizabeth is also the author of Building a Better Teacher, the New York Times Book Review notable book of 2014 and bestseller.

John Thornton


Venture capitalist at Austin Ventures since 1990, where he has co-led the technology practice for more than two decades. He also co-founded venture capital firm Elsewhere Partners in 2017. In 2008, John founded the Texas Tribune, the only member-supported, digital-first, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government, and statewide issues.

Sarabeth Berman


Sarabeth is CEO of the American Journalism Project. Previously, she was the global head of public affairs at Teach For All, a network of social enterprises in 53 countries, where she led communications and marketing, public-sector partnerships, and research and evaluation. Before joining Teach For All, Sarabeth spent seven years in China, where she led fundraising and recruitment at Teach For China. Sarabeth first went to China in 2007 as a Henry Luce Scholar, working as a producer and manager in the performing arts. She serves on the board of directors at the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School. She is a graduate of Barnard College. She and her husband Evan Osnos, and two children, live in Washington D.C.

Jason Alcorn

VP, Learning and Knowledge

Jason leads learning and knowledge for the American Journalism Project, working across departments to achieve impact at scale for local news organizations and their funders. As the organization’s first hire, he oversaw the organization’s launch and first 18 months of operations. Previously, he was project director for NewsMatch, a national campaign that has helped raise more than $100 million for nonprofit newsrooms. Jason has worked as a consultant with Democracy Fund, the Institute for Nonprofit News and local nonprofit news organizations and was associate director of InvestigateWest, a nonprofit investigative newsroom in Seattle. Jason is an advisory to Listening Post Collective and Migratory Notes. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his family.

Adina Berliant-McDougall

Associate, Development

Adina supports the development team to attract and cultivate support for the American Journalism Project’s mission. Previously, she was development manager at nonprofit newsroom City Limits, where she led initiatives to diversify revenue streams with a focus on sustainable reader-revenue opportunities. Before City Limits, Adina worked in politics including as a consultant on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s reelection campaign. She regularly serves on the Grants Advisory Committee at the New York Women’s Foundation and is based in New York City.

Tyrell Byrd

Associate, Operations

Tyrell manages the day-to-day operations of the American Journalism Project, supporting internal systems and culture and grant operations. He has more than six years of experience in finance, operations and information technology for both nonprofits and commercial businesses. Tyrell is also a photographer who believes in the importance of openness, community and communications. He graduated from Monroe College with a degree in criminal justice and human services and is based in Washington, D.C.

Loretta Chao

VP, Strategy and Startups

Loretta is part of the Strategy and Startups team at the American Journalism Project. She got her start in journalism at her hometown newspapers Newsday and the New York Daily News, before covering technology and business for The Wall Street Journal for almost 12 years. During that time, she worked as a correspondent in Brazil and China, where she won awards for her reporting on Internet censorship and surveillance. Most recently, Loretta was director of strategy and operations and VICE Media, where she oversaw editorial strategy for the company’s first direct-to-consumer subscription product. She also worked on programming for VICE’s experiential business, and execution of new initiatives including its first major live streaming news production. Loretta is based in New York.

Gonzalo del Peon

Associate, Programs

Gonzalo is part of the Program team at the American Journalism Project. He is a graduate of NYU’s Studio 20 master’s program on digital journalism and innovation, where he focused on mission and revenue alignment in news. Previously, he was a researcher for the Membership Puzzle Project and was the American Press Institute’s 2018 summer fellow, where he studied audience-focused revenue diversification and user research practices within news organizations. Gonzalo graduated from The New School with a BBA in strategic design and management and a minor in journalism and design. Gonzalo is based in New York City.

John Ketchum

Associate, Strategy and Startups

John is part of the Strategy and Startups team at the American Journalism Project. He got his start in journalism through public radio, first at his local college station as a reporter, then as a producer for American Public Media’s Marketplace on their wealth and poverty team based in Los Angeles. After Marketplace, he moved to the east coast to serve as a producer for NPR’s Morning Edition. He then went on to run audience engagement strategy at The Center for Public Integrity — an investigative newsroom in Washington, D.C. From there he went on to be part of CNN’s social media team in New York during the 2016 presidential election. After CNN, he served as Deputy Editor of SB Nation, Vox Media’s sports website. Before the American Journalism Project, John worked at Blavity where he helped with the relaunch of afrotech.com, serving as the site’s managing editor. He is based in Atlanta.

Matthew Mantica

Associate, Strategy and Startups

Matt is part of the Strategy and Startups team at the American Journalism Project. Previously, he led Atlantic Media’s strategy research team. During his time with Atlantic Media, Matt worked on a variety of editorial, business, and operational challenges for The Atlantic, Government Executive, Quartz, and National Journal. He also edited and wrote The Idea, a newsletter on the journalism business. Matt received his B.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, during which time he oversaw the independent student newspaper, The Daily Pennsylvanian. Matt lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Anna Nirmala

VP, Strategy and Startups

Anna is part of the Strategy and Startups team at the American Journalism Project. She worked most recently at Hearken, a groundbreaking woman-owned company that facilitated a unique public-powered model for journalism and has more than 100 newsroom partners around the world. As Director of Business Development, Anna was responsible for the company’s revenue growth and enterprise client management. Anna was previously a management consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, focusing on Strategy & Operations for Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations, and small businesses. She is based in New York.

Kymberlee Norsworthy

VP, Marketing and Communications

Kymberlee oversees marketing and communications strategy to drive the American Journalism Project mission forward. A strategic communications professional with a track record of maximizing brand potential and helping organizations to grow, she has worked with award-winning clients in the music, publishing, nonprofit and technology industries including Rogers & Cowan, Interscope Records and Sony Music. Most recently, she served as an independent consultant to recording artists and mission-driven nonprofit initiatives, developing strategies to tell their stories and expand their reach. Kymberlee’s writing was recently featured in a faith and sports series published by ESPN’s The Undefeated. She has taught writing intensive courses for six years as an adjunct professor at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey, where she is based.

Michael Ouimette

SVP, Strategy and Startups

Michael leads the Strategy and Startups team at the American Journalism Project. Previously he led the domestic direct-to-consumer businesses at VICE Media. In that role, Michael spearheaded efforts to diversify revenue streams and content formats through launching VICE’s first subscription product in the US, and managing its experiential business. Prior to that role, he led strategy and operations for VICE’s digital division, driving efforts to grow audiences and profitability among VICE’s collection of digital brands. Michael is based in New York.

Alice Rhee

VP, Strategic Partnerships & Growth

Alice is a philanthropy executive, digital video strategist, and two-time Emmy award winning journalist. She worked in national news for two decades, including various editorial and production roles at NBC News and as a senior producer of digital video at The Washington Post. She also helped launch a short documentary initiative at the Tribeca Film Institute. Most recently, she was a media adviser to a private family foundation. She serves on the board of TheGuardian.org. Alice is based in Los Angeles.

Patty Slutsky

Chief Development Officer

Patty has more than 15 years of development experience in scaling nonprofits. Previously, she led strategic partnerships at Catchafire, a platform and program that matches nonprofits with skilled volunteers, and was Head of Global Development at Teach For All, where she grew a global fundraising operation that raised more than $130 million over 8 years. She is a graduate of Northeastern University and holds an MBA from the George Washington University. Patty is based in Philadelphia with her husband Matthew and their two children.

Michelle Srbinovich

VP, Portfolio Support

Michelle leads support and capacity building for American Journalism Project grantees. She was previously general manager at WDET Detroit Public Radio, where she was the youngest G.M. of a major-market public radio station. Beginning her career in advertising, Michelle has earned national recognition throughout the public media and nonprofit news for her commitment to bringing new audiences to public service media. At WDET, she drove audience, operating revenue and philanthropic support growth for the first working U.S. model of mainstream, major market, multi-ethnic public radio. Michelle is based in Detroit.

Board of Directors

Elizabeth Green

Co-founder and Board Co-chair

John Thornton

Co-founder and Board Co-chair

Rosental Alves

Founder and Director
Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, University of Texas at Austin

Jeff Cohen

Executive Vice President of Communications
Arnold Ventures

Teresa Gorman

Senior Program Associate for Local News
Democracy Fund

Peter Lattman

Managing Director, Media
Emerson Collective

Joe Natoli

EVP/Baptist Health South Florida, Former Publisher Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

Maria Thomas

Startup Advisor/Investor, Former Etsy CEO, and former SVP Digital at NPR

Irving Washington

Executive Director
Online News Association

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