Our Team

Elizabeth Green

Co-founder

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

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.

Sarabeth Berman

CEO

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 came 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

Managing Director, Strategy & Operations

Jason oversees AJP’s strategy and operations. He previously served as project director for NewsMatch, a national matching-gift campaign that has raised more than $20 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 was associate director of InvestigateWest, a nonprofit investigative news organization in Seattle. Jason is currently an advisor to the Listening Post Collective and Migratory Notes. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his family.

Adina Berliant-McDougall

Associate, Development

Adina is AJP’s Development Associate. She comes from the world of nonprofit news, having spent the last four years as the Development Manager for City Limits, where she led initiatives to diversify revenue streams with a focus on exploring sustainable reader-revenue opportunities. Prior to 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.

Tyrell Byrd

Associate, Operations

Tyrell is AJP’s Operations Associate, managing our internal systems and vendors and ensuring smooth day-to-day operations and a fun work environment. 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 communication. He graduated from Monroe College in 2013 with a Degree in Criminal Justice and Human Services and is based in Washington, D.C.

Loretta Chao

Director

Loretta is working in AJP’s startup practice. 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 & Operations at 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

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. He is based in New York.

Anna Nirmala

Managing Director

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. She is based in New York.

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.

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

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 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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