Our Team

Elizabeth Green

Co-founder

Co-founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief 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

Co-founder

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.

Jason Alcorn

Managing Director, Strategy & Operations

Jason oversees AJP’s strategy and operations. He also currently serves as project director for NewsMatch, a national matching-gift campaign that in November and December 2018 raised $7.6 million for nonprofit newsrooms through a national challenge match, wrap-around coaching and support, and a national campaign to promote giving to journalism among donors. Jason has worked as a consultant with Democracy Fund, the Institute for Nonprofit News, and local nonprofit newsrooms and served as associate director of InvestigateWest, a nonprofit investigative news organization in Seattle. Jason is currently an advisor to the Listening Post Collective and Migratory Notes.

Gonzalo del Peon

Associate

Gonzalo 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. Since 2017, he has been 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 + Design.

Anna Nirmala

Director of Portfolio Development

Anna is part of the CNO Success team working with AJP grantees. 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.

Michael Ouimette

Managing Director

Michael is part of the CNO Success team working with AJP grantees. He joined AJP from VICE Media, where he led their domestic direct-to-consumer businesses. 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

Managing Director, 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.

Michelle Srbinovich

Managing Director, Civic News Organization Success

Michelle is part of the CNO Success team working with AJP grantees. She was previously at WDET Detroit Public Radio, where she was the youngest general manager 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 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 Chair

John Thornton

Co-founder

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

Peter Lattman

Managing Director, Media
Emerson Collective

Joe Natoli

Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
Baptist Health South Florida

Karen Pittman

President and CEO
The Forum For Youth Investment

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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