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Youth Radio’s Board of Directors includes senior-level professionals and executives who provide expertise in youth development, technology and engineering, media production and entrepreneurship. Board members have fiduciary responsibility for Youth Radio and provide leadership and guidance on fundraising, finances, governances, and organizational development.
Mark currently serves as SVP at Smithsonian Enterprises. Formerly, he acted as the Executive Vice President of National Geographic Ventures. In this role, he was the creative force behind television, digital media and music projects. He conceived and launched the All Roads Film Project, a National Geographic initiative that provides a global platform for indigenous and under-represented minority-culture filmmakers, photographers and artists from around the world. Mark has more than 20 years of award-winning experience and has been recognized with numerous broadcast and print journalism honors, including an Emmy and seven Cine Golden Eagles.
Luc is a Vice President at The Clorox Company, where he is responsible for internal audit function. Prior to this, he held several finance and operational leadership positions in different business units and at corporate, where he helped lead and update the strategic planning process. A French native, Luc lived and worked in many different places across the globe, including Africa and the Middle-East. Luc is an avid surfer. He lives in San Francisco, with his wife and two young kids, Maile and Hideo. Luc holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Middlesex in England, and a master’s degree in business administration from University of California Berkeley. He is a Certified Public Accountant.
Juniper Downs is Google’s Head of Global Public Policy and Government Relations. She also works on child safety and controversial content across products. Juniper joined Google in 2012, to lead content policy development for social products, setting policy guidelines for issues like harassment and hate speech. Prior to Google, Juniper practiced law in the public sector. First defending the constitutional rights of public school students as a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, and then leading the Santa Clara County Social Justice and Impact Litigation project, where she litigated and worked on policy reform around issues including LGBT equality, criminal justice reform, and health policy. Juniper holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Brown University and a J.D. from New York University, both magna cum laude. She is a certified mediator in New York and California. Before becoming a lawyer, Juniper was a teacher in Oakland, CA.
Steve is a Senior Writer for ESPN’s investigative reporting team. He is a former correspondent for The Washington Post‘s foreign staff, where he covered the war in Iraq, and won the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting in 2008. Previously, Steve worked at The Boston Globe for 11 years, covering the Boston Red Sox, Wall Street and Latin America. He served as that newspaper’s Latin America bureau chief. Steve is the author of Big Boy Rules: America’s Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq and co-author of The Duke of Havana: Baseball, Cuba and the Search for the American Dream. Steve is currently writing a book about the NFL.
Emily Goligoski (@emgollie) is a Brooklyn-based researcher and producer. She is the Research Director at The Membership Puzzle Project where she uses her expertise in listening carefully to users, distilling insights from what they say, and then designing systems that are faithful to those insights, Emily led audience development user research efforts at The New York Times. She also spent her days at Mozilla talking to people about their needs and designing educational tools to empower them. Emily has taught needfinding at the Stanford design institute (“d.school”) and UX design at General Assembly. She completed her Master’s in Learning, Design & Technology at Stanford while conducting user research at Intel Labs. Before working in the Bay Area she reported for Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ) and studied journalism at Northwestern. An avid yoga practitioner, she has taught with the Art of Yoga Project and is a Youth Radio board member.
Keven has been a familiar voice on Bay Area radio for over 30 years, serving as anchor, reporter, director and producer at stations including KRE, KBLX, KDIA, KSOL, KITS, K101, KALW, and KQED, where he was a founding member of the News team. Keven has won awards from the Radio and Television News Directors Association, the Associated Press and others throughout his career. In addition to Youth Radio, Keven volunteers as a board member of the Bay Area Black Journalists Association and the Suicide Prevention/Crisis Support Services of Alameda County.
Seth is a Principal at Mission Bay Development Group, LLC (MBDG), where he is responsible for strategic planning, structuring transactions, marketing, sales negotiations, interface with public agencies, and public and private financings for MBDG. Prior to founding MBDG, Seth served as Managing Director for Farallon Capital where he actively managed over $1 billion in assets and was responsible for due diligence, acquisitions, asset management and sales of investments in real estate and real estate related debt instruments. Seth holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School and a B.A. in Urban Studies also from the University of Pennsylvania.
Based in Washington, D.C., Chris is the Senior Director at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Center where he works to address issues such as urbanism, affordable housing, mobility from poverty, community organizing, and local-national policy work. He was previously an officer for The Pew Charitable Trusts, where he developed partnerships with leading foundations, philanthropists, and other nonprofits. Prior to joining Pew, he managed NPR’s fundraising partnerships with member stations and, earlier, had served as an administrative dean at the University of Pennsylvania. He began his career in banking, working for JP Morgan and the investment management company BlackRock. Chris and his wife Gupi have two boys and live in Northwest D.C.
Julie is currently a Trustee of the Jenesis Group and the owner/developer of Echoview Farm and Mill in Weaverville, North Carolina. She played a crucial role in guiding Youth Radio in the acquisition of a permanent home with the purchase of 1701 Broadway in Oakland. She’s also helped Youth Radio develop specific areas of news coverage including independent film, politics and political conventions. Julie’s background includes working as an attorney (for the IRS) and also as a philanthropist and entrepreneur. Through Echoview, Julie is creating a model for sustainable, community-oriented, agricultural enterprise. Julie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Grinnell College as well as a Law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
For more than 25 years, Lori has headed the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC), a full-service community center, non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. Under Lori’s direction, LAYC has helped guide thousands of low-income youth to better opportunity, while creating pioneering organizations and schools. Lori is the winner of numerous awards including ‘Washingtonian of the Year’ and The Casey Foundation Families Count Award. LAYC is a 7 million dollar organization including a Ben and Jerry’s Partnership and a charter school.
Frank is currently Deputy Director of East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC). Prior to joining EBCLC, Frank practiced at Standard Pacific Capital, LCC, as well as in corporate and securities law in Silicon Valley representing emerging companies and venture capital funds. Frank received his J.D. from Berkeley Law and his B.B.A. in finance from the University of Georgia. He currently also serves on the Board of Centro Legal de la Raza.
Henning J. Mathew
Henning J. Mathew is a Vice President and commercial banker with Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Throughout his financial career, he has served and advised a variety of for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations throughout Northern California. Drawing on 17 years of banking experience, Henning offers comprehensive financial solutions to lower-mid-market sized businesses in the greater East Bay. Henning is an active member of Oakland Rotary. He also volunteers his spare time with a number of East Bay organizations. An avid hiker and outdoorsman, Henning is a former member of the Contra Costa County Search and Rescue Team. Henning lives in Concord with his wife, Michelle, and their white shepherd, Kodie. His other interests include: mountain and road cycling, scuba diving and shooting competitive sporting clays.
Marlene is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has had a psychotherapy practice in Berkeley for the past 35 years. She has worked in early childhood mental health settings, with homeless families and as a supervisor for A Home Within which provides long term psychotherapy for children in the foster care system. As a long time Berkeley resident she and husband have been active in supporting community health and mental health programs.
Gary is a sound designer at Skywalker Sound. He began his career in sound at Sprocket Systems, the sound group at Lucasfilm, and later, he was a director at Pixar. His career in sound includes Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Jurassic Park, Backdraft, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Saving Private Ryan, Toy Story, Titanic, Finding Nemo, War Horse, and Brave. Gary has won seven Academy Awards for his work to date, more than any other sound designer.
Christopher Shearer is a program officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. He helps manage grants from their Education Program to improve education through changes in state policy to implement a reform strategy known as “deeper learning.” Chris was formerly the associate executive director of the National Geographic Society’s Education Foundation where he funded selected youth media programs. His past board service includes the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, the Geography Education National Implementation Project, and the Canadian Council for Geographic Education. Chris is a Tar Heel, guitar student, recovering runner, and avid radio listener—his connections to Youth Radio as a funder and fan span more than a decade.
As Manager of Digital/On Demand at Entertainment One (eOne), Julius creates and oversees the execution of all digital strategy plans for Film, TV, and Kids & Family content for North America. Julius manages the company’s top tier partners including AT&T U-Verse, DISH Networks, Cox Communications, Google Play, Vudu, Xbox, and Sony.