Meet the Founders

Elizabeth Green

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

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.

Meet the Staff

Jason Alcorn

VP of Operations

Jason joins AJP after two years 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. He 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.

Anna Nirmala

Director of Portfolio Development

Anna joins AJP from 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, she 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.



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 Alice is based in Los Angeles.

Gonzalo del Peon


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.

Michelle Srbinovich

Managing Director, Civic News Organization Success

Michelle joins the American Journalism Project from WDET Detroit Public Radio, where she was the youngest general manager of a major-market public radio station. Beginning her career in advertising, she 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.

Meet the Board of Directors

Rosental Alves

A pioneer of online journalism in his native Brazil, where he had a 27-year career as a journalist and educator before moving to the United States in 1996 as the first holder of the Knight Chair in Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also founding director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, an outreach program that helps thousands of journalists around the world with online training.

Jeff Cohen

Executive Vice President of Communications at Arnold Ventures. Jeff came to Arnold Ventures after more than 40 years with Hearst Newspapers. There, he served as the editor of the Houston Chronicle, and in 2008, was named the “Ben Bradlee Editor of the Year” by the National Press Foundation. His career began in journalism as a reporter of the San Antonio Light and went on to become the newspaper’s managing editor. After a stint at the Hearst Corporation’s New York City headquarters, he served as editor of the Times Union in Albany, N.Y., before returning to his hometown of Houston to lead the Chronicle.

Peter Lattman

Managing director of media at Emerson Collective, the organization started and run by Laurene Powell Jobs. In that role, he oversees Emerson’s investments in media and journalism, which includes The Atlantic, where he serves as vice chairman. Prior to joining Emerson in 2016, he worked as a journalist at The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Karen Pittman

President and CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment, and a respected sociologist and leader in youth development. Prior to co-founding the Forum in 1998, she launched adolescent pregnancy prevention initiatives at the Children’s Defense Fund, started the Center for Youth Development and Policy Research, and served as senior vice president at the International Youth Foundation. She was also involved in the founding of America’s Promise and directed the President’s Crime Prevention Council during the Clinton administration.

Irving Washington

Executive director for the Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists. Before joining ONA, he worked for the National Association of Black Journalists and the Radio-Television Digital News Association. In 2014, he earned the designation of Certified Association Executive by the American Society of Association Executives. He is also a member of ASAE’s Diversity Executive Leadership Program.

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