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.
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 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.
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 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.
Associate, Portfolio Support
Laura is part of the Portfolio Support team. She has spent the majority of her career helping news professionals share knowledge, support each other and evolve the industry. She previously worked on communications for the Online News Association and membership at the Institute for Nonprofit News. Laura’s editorial experience also runs the gamut: She’s served at a small investigative nonprofit newsroom in Santa Barbara, California, spent a stint at the millennial-focused site Mic, where she also helped lead efforts to unionize the newsroom, and most recently supported one of the nation’s leading women’s podcast, “Call Your Girlfriend”.
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.
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
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.
Chief of Staff
René is American Journalism Project’s Chief of Staff, delivering on strategic initiatives and facilitating cross-organizational planning and communication. Previously, she worked with Opportunity Nation, a data-driven campaign to expand economic mobility, and in 2018 co-led the transition of the campaign from its incubator phase to a new home within The Forum for Youth Investment. René graduated from Penn State University and received her JD from The Dickinson School of Law, where she worked in the Family Law Clinic and helped launch the school’s Children’s Advocacy Clinic. She now serves on the board of directors of the Penn State Law Alumni Society. René is based in Northern Virginia.
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.
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.
Director of Community Listening
Fiona is a contractor supporting our Startups team in community engagement and building stronger local news and information ecosystems. She is the founder of Branchhead Consulting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Associate, Knowledge and Learning
Heidi is part of the Portfolio Success team with a focus on learning and impact, developing and improving knowledge management systems and processes that capture and operationalize insights from portfolio organizations and other AJP partners. Previously, she was a senior program associate at Energy Foundation, leading on grantmaking; external diversity equity and inclusion; and democracy work in the Midwest. She lives in Chicago, where she co-owns and manages The Dial Bookshop with her husband, Peter.