Media Learning Seminar


Featured Speaker

Bob Schieffer, CBS News

Chief Washington Correspondent, CBS News 

Bob Schieffer is broadcast journalism's most experienced Washington reporter. He is the network's chief Washington correspondent and also serves as anchor and moderator of Face The Nation, CBS News' Sunday public affairs broadcast.

Schieffer served as interim anchor of The CBS Evening News from March 10, 2005, until Aug. 31, 2006. He is a regular contributor to The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.

Schieffer has covered Washington for CBS News for more than 30 years and is one of the few broadcast or print journalists to have covered all four major beats in the nation's capital -- the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department and Capitol Hill. He has been Chief Washington correspondent since 1982 and congressional correspondent since 1989 and has covered every presidential campaign and been a floor reporter at all of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions since 1972. He began anchoring Face The Nation in May 1991.

Schieffer is a member of the Broadcasting/Cable Hall of Fame and is the recipient of the 2003 Paul White Award, presented by the Radio-Television News Directors Association. The award recognizes an individual's lifetime contribution to electronic journalism. Past CBS recipients include Edward R. Murrow ('64), Morley Safer ('66), Walter Cronkite ('70, '81), Don Hewitt ('87), Mike Wallace ('91), Charles Kuralt ('94), Dan Rather ('97) and Ed Bradley (2000).

He has won many other broadcast journalism awards, including seven Emmy Awards, one of which was for Lifetime Achievement, and two Sigma Delta Chi Awards. In 2002, he was chosen as Broadcaster of the Year by the National Press Foundation. Schieffer was also the 2004 recipient of the International Radio and Television Society Foundation Award and the American News Women's Club Helen Thomas Award for Excellence in Journalism. In 2005, his alma mater, Texas Christian University, created the Schieffer School of Journalism in his honor. In 2008, Schieffer won the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment award from the Radio Television News Directors Association and was named a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress.

Schieffer has been a principal anchor for CBS News since 1973, when he was named anchor of the CBS Sunday Night News. In August 1996, he stepped down as anchor of the Saturday edition of the CBS Evening News, a post he held for 20 years. He and his colleague, Dan Rather, stand as the only two 20-year anchors of a regularly scheduled network news broadcast.

Schieffer joined CBS News in 1969 and, after a brief stint as a general assignment reporter, was named Pentagon correspondent, a post he held for four years.

Before joining CBS News, he was a reporter at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and, in 1965, became the first reporter from a Texas newspaper to report from Vietnam. Schieffer later became news anchor at WBAP-TV Dallas/Fort Worth, a post that eventually led to his joining CBS News.

He is the author of "Bob Schieffer's America," "Face The Nation: My Favorite Stories from the First 50 Years of the Award-winning News Broadcast," as well as the 2003 New York Times bestseller, "This Just In: What I Couldn't Tell You On TV" and "The Acting President," published in 1989.

Schieffer was born in Austin, Texas. He and his wife reside in Washington, D.C.

Speakers and Panelists

Dirk Beveridge

Dirk Beveridge is president and chief executive officer of 4th Generation Systems, a sales, marketing, and leadership development firm that helps distributors and manufacturers become more competitive and provider deeper value to customers. Dirk is an experienced business executive who has helped strengthen the sales and marketing strategies of leading distribution firms, in the industrial, chemical, building materials, electrical, food service, office products, hardware & plumbing, packaging and other lines of trade. For more than 20 years, he has worked with over 3,000 firms as a leadership consultant, trainer and speaker.

Today, 4th Generation Systems is one of the leading providers of employee development and sales empowerment systems to distribution companies and their suppliers worldwide.

Through an integrated curriculum of blended learning practices and strategic coaching, 4th Generation Systems helps clients develop top performers who align behind the company vision.

In addition to leading 4th Generation Systems, Dirk is one of the nation’s highest-rated business speakers. He provides timely, pertinent information to organizations on the topics of customer focus, sales motivation, and market leadership. He is a passionate, energetic and entertaining presenter and has been featured on international speaking tours addressing groups on six continents.

His presentations are often followed with blended and online learning systems to build more long-term team commitment to a company’s vision and customer focus, which is how 4th Generation Systems was founded.

Dirk’s personal mission is to make a real difference for his clients, employees, stakeholders and community. In addition to leading his growing businesses, Dirk has managed to complete four Ironman triathlons.

Megan Brownell

Arizona Foundation

Jennifer (Jenna) Dorn

Jennifer L. Dorn (Jenna) is the President and CEO of the National Academy of Public Administration, a national non-profit think tank that conducts in-depth studies, analyses and research projects offering results-oriented solutions to the management challenges facing government. In addition to its work for government, the National Academy works with foundations and other organizations committed to good government to tackle some of the nation’s toughest challenges. Through projects such as its National Dialogue Series and Budgetball, the National Academy has led an effort to re-engage Americans of all ages in setting the course for their communities, their states, and the nation.

Dorn brings nearly 30 years of management experience to the National Academy, leading multi-billion dollar Federal agencies, as well as start-up and well-established not-for-profit organizations. She has been appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to four senior leadership posts in government, including U.S. representative on the Board of Directors of the World Bank, Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration, Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Labor, and Associate Deputy Secretary of Transportation. Her not-for-profit leadership posts include Senior Vice President of the American National Red Cross and President of the National Health Museum.

Dorn is a graduate of Oregon State University, where she majored in journalism. She received a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Connecticut.

Amy Gahran

Amy Gahran is a journalist, editor, entrepreneur and all-around digital media geek. She has written and taught for the Poynter Institute, the Knight Digital Media Center at the University of Southern California, the Society of Environmental Journalists and elsewhere. Along with her business partner Adam Glenn, she manages the Reynolds Journalism Institute Collaboratory community.

Currently Gahran is a senior editor at, where she seeks to become the queen of lean mobile media. She has been blogging since 1998 at Follow Amy on Twitter: @agahran.

Amy's live blog of the Media Learning Seminar March 1-2, 2010 is here.

Paul Grogan

Paul S. Grogan became the President and CEO of the Boston Foundation, one of the nation’s oldest and largest community foundations, on July 1, 2001. With assets of almost $900 million, the Foundation distributed grants of more than $92 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the Greater Boston community in 2007. The Foundation’s grant making is designed to respond to the critical challenges of our constantly changing community by supporting high-impact, innovative programs. Grogan joined the Foundation from Harvard University, where he served as Vice President for Government, Community and Public Affairs from 1999 to 2001.

One of five vice presidents of the University, he oversaw all government relations for Harvard, relations with Harvard’s host communities of Cambridge and Boston, and the Harvard news office. He was also a Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Business School. From 1986 through 1998 he was President and CEO of the nonprofit Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation’s largest community development intermediary. In Mr. Grogan’s term as president, LISC raised and invested more than $3 billion of private capital in inner-city revitalization efforts across America, all channeled through local nonprofit community development corporations. Before joining LISC, Mr. Grogan served Boston Mayors Kevin H. White and Raymond L. Flynn in a variety of staff and line positions.

He headed Boston’s Neighborhood Development and Employment Agency in the early 1980s, where he pioneered a series of public/private ventures that have been widely emulated by other cities. These included the Boston Housing Partnership, which steers private dollars into the financing of affordable housing, and the Boston Compact, a partnership between the city’s corporate community and public school system. Mr. Grogan was graduated with a degree in American History from Williams College in 1972, and earned a Masters degree in Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1979. He is a trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; a director of the for-profit company, the Community Development Trust, which he helped found; a director of New Profit, Inc.; and a former trustee of Williams College.

Mr. Grogan is the author, with Tony Proscio, of the book Comeback Cities: A Blueprint for Urban Neighborhood Revival, published in October 2000 by Westview Press, which Ron Brownstein of the Los Angeles Times has written is “arguably the most important book about cities in a generation.” He and his wife, Karen Sunnarborg, have three sons and live in Boston.

Steve Gunderson

Steve Gunderson is President and CEO of the Council on Foundations, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit membership association of approximately 2,000 grantmaking foundations and corporations. After serving three terms in the Wisconsin State Legislature, Gunderson served 16 years in the U.S. Congress and was a recognized leader on agriculture, education, employment policy, health care and human rights issues.

Following his career in public service, he was named the senior consultant and managing director of the Washington office of The Greystone Group, a strategic management and communications consulting firm. The lead author of the recently published The Jobs Revolution: Changing How America Works, Gunderson is recognized for his insight and analysis on the national political issues of the day, and has lectured widely from Harvard University to The Brookings Institution.

A graduate from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Gunderson today lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his partner Jonathan Stevens.

Anders Gyllenhaal

Anders Gyllenhaal is executive editor of The Miami Herald, with responsibility for the news staff, from print and online, to radio and web TV.

In 2007, Gyllenhaal returned to The Herald, where he worked for 12 years as a reporter, investigative team member and city desk editor. From 2002 to 2007, he was editor of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis and was executive editor of the Raleigh News & Observer for seven years before that.

A graduate of George Washington University, Gyllenhaal (pronounced Jill-in-hall) serves on the board of the Pulitzer Prize, chairs the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and is a member of the Journalism Advisory Board at Elon University in North Carolina. He has been a long-time advocate for press freedom and access and served as chairman of the Freedom of Information Committee for the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

Anders and his wife, Beverly, a syndicated columnist and author, live in Coral Gables. They have two college-age children, Sam and Grey. In his free time, Gyllenhaal plays banjo with the New River Boys, a long-time South Florida bluegrass group.

Josie Heath

Josie Heath is President of The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County, a position she has held since l995. She served as County Commissioner from l982-1990, the second woman elected to serve as Commissioner for Boulder County.

Heath served in the Carter Administration as the Regional Director of Action, the federal agency for national service. Her leadership responsibilities included Peace Corps recruitment, Vista programs, University Year for Action, the Retired Senior Volunteer Corps and supervision of other programs involving eighteen thousand volunteers in six western states.

Josie was a candidate for the United States Senate in l990, winning the Democratic primary, but losing the general election. She was also a US Senate candidate in l992.

She taught at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard in l991, and later served as the Assistant to the Director of the White House Office of National Service in the Clinton administration.

From 1994-98, Heath served as a member of Harvard’s Project Liberty team working with elected officials in emerging democracies in Central and Eastern Europe. She has worked extensively with elected officials in 10 different countries and has made fourteen trips to work with officials in countries such as Romania, Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, the Slovak and The Czech Republics. She has also been a consultant for the Transatlantic Community Foundations.

Heath has an undergraduate degree from Eastern Oregon University and a Masters degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Alberto Ibargüen

Ibargüen is the former publisher of The Miami Herald and of El Nuevo Herald. During his tenure, The Miami Herald won three Pulitzer Prizes and El Nuevo Herald won Spain’s Ortega y Gasset Prize for excellence in journalism.

He studied at Wesleyan University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Between college and law school, he served in the Peace Corps in Venezuela’s Amazon Territory and in Colombia. He practiced law in Hartford, Connecticut until he joined The Hartford Courant, then Newsday in New York before moving to Miami.

Ibargüen is chairman of the board of the Newseum in Washington, D.C., a museum dedicated to free speech and free press. He is a member of the board of PepsiCoAMR Corp. (American Airlines), ProPublica and of theCouncil on Foreign Relations. Over the years, he has served on the boards of arts, education and civic organizations, including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Committee to Protect JournalistsWesleyan University, Smith College and the Trustees' Council of the National Gallery of Art. He served as board chair of PBS and of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra.

For his work to protect journalists in Latin America as part of the Inter American Press Association, Ibargüen received a Maria Moors Cabot citation from Columbia University and George Washington Universityawarded him an honorary Doctor of Letters.

Nancy Jones

The Community Foundation of Dade County

Gary Kebbel

Gary Kebbel is Knight Foundation’s Journalism Program director. He concentrates on grant-making in the new media area and is administering the foundation’s $25 million Knight News Challenge to strengthen community news and community life.

He was the news director at America Online for six years, where he headed the team that built AOL News into one of the world’s largest online news sites.

Gary is a Fulbright Senior Specialist in online journalism. During September 2007 he was awarded a Fulbright grant to teach journalism in South Africa.

He helped create and, and was a home page editor at His journalism career began in newspapers. He also worked on the Web site of Education Week newspaper, where he was in charge of content development, strategy and planning.

He has served as the graphics editor at USA Today; taught online journalism as an adjunct instructor at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism and taught the use of new media in public diplomacy at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute.

He is a graduate of the University of Illinois and The Catholic University of America.

Stuart Kennedy

Miami Program Associate, Knight Foundation

Diana Mitsu Klos

Diana Mitsu Klos joined the American Society of News Editors in 1996 and was promoted to senior project director in 2000. As the force behind project development, grant-writing and entrepreneurial efforts totaling $15 million, Klos's leadership has made a significant impact on youth journalism, continuing education for high school teachers, and media and news literacy.

Klos and ASNE colleagues Craig Branson and Connie Southard created and run, a high profile hub for teen multimedia news. The sites supported by act as learning laboratories for news literacy, and benefit news consumers as well as fledgling journalists. The team also oversees an education destination site, Both are funded by the Knight Foundation. The Reynolds High School Journalism Institute is the most comprehensive training available to high school teachers and is funded by the Donald W.
Reynolds Foundation.

A creative strategist, ideas generator, advocate, coalition builder, facilitator and presenter, Klos's work on this initiative has been recognized by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, which awarded her a Gold Key in 2007, and AEJMC's Scholastic Journalism Division, which presented her with the Robert P. Knight Multicultural Award in 2004.

She is on the boards of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund. She is also a long-time member of the Asian American Journalists Association.

Prior to ASNE, Klos was an award-winning journalist who served as managing editor of the Poughkeepsie (NY) Journal, city editor of the Norwich (Conn.) Bulletin, and reporter at the Asbury Park (N.J.) Press and the Daily Journal of Vineland, N.J. Klos has a B.A. from the City College of New York and grew up in Buffalo, N.Y.

Susan Knudten

Rose Community Foundation

Chris Langer

Frank Lantz

Frank Lantz is Creative Director and co-Founder of Area/Code, a New York based developer that creates cross-media, location-based, and large-scale social games. Before starting area/code, Frank was the director of game design at Gamelab, and worked as a game designer for POP&Co.

For over 10 years, Frank has taught game design at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, the School of Visual Arts, and the New School. He is currently the director of the NYU Game Center. His writings on games, technology and culture have appeared in a variety of publications.

Leslie Lilly

Leslie Lilly is the President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. She is a Florida native and returned to her home state in October 2007, accepting a position at the Community Foundation as Vice President for Programs at the Community Foundation. During her tenure as Vice President for Programs she was instrumental in the development of several initiatives, including:

She also managed over $5 million in annual grant distributions and partnered with area nonprofits to address critical social and economic issues facing Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Ms. Lilly served as founding President and CEO of The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) and previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Foundation for the Mid South, a three-state community foundation serving Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

She is an acknowledged and accomplished state and national leader, author and spokesperson in the field of philanthropy.

She previously served on the national Council of Foundation’s (COF) Community Foundation Leadership Team, has served as a trustee and Vice President of the A Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and as a board member of the Ohio Grantmakers Forum, Southeastern Council of Foundations and Women and Foundations/Corporate Philanthropy. She received a German Marshall TransAtlantic Community Foundation Fellowship in 2007, was a Salzburg Fellow and a W.K. Kellogg Foundation International Fellow. She is a graduate of Leadership Palm Beach, Class of 2009.

As part of her fellowship experiences, Lilly travel to Southern Africa, Latin America, and Europe to study philanthropy in developing regions. Early in her career, she was awarded a John Hay Whitney Fellowship in recognition of her work to develop job opportunities for women in eleven southern states.

LuAnn Lovlin

The Winnipeg Foundation

Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Dr. Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer is an innovator in deliberative democracy, public administration, and organizational development. She is Founder and President ofAmericaSpeaks, a US-based non-profit that develops and implements innovative deliberative tools.

AmericaSpeaks and its international arm, Global Voices, have engaged more than 145,000 people in governance, in all 50 states and globally. Under Lukensmeyer’s leadership, AmericaSpeaks has earned an international reputation as a leader in the field of deliberative democracy and democratic renewal.

Lukensmeyer was Consultant (1993-1994) to the White House Chief of Staff, and Chief of Staff (1986-1991) to Governor Celeste of Ohio. Lukensmeyer earned a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University and completed postgraduate training at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. Lukensmeyer is author of numerous publications, including Public Deliberation: A Manager's Guide to Citizen Deliberation published by IBM’s Center for the Business of Government (2006) and Institutionalizing Large-Scale Engagements in Governance: A Link Between Theory and Practice in Beyond e-Government and e-Democracy: A Global Perspective (2008). She is the 2009 recipient of the Straus Innovator Award, a yearly honor given by the College of the Atlantic to highlight practices that make a positive and tangible contribution to the health of our global civil society.

Colleen Macklin

Colleen Macklin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Design and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City and Director of PETLab (Prototyping Evaluation, Teaching and Learning lab), a joint project of Games for Change and Parsons, supported by funding from the MacArthur Foundation, focused on developing new games, simulations, and play experiences which encourage experimental learning and investigation into social and global issues.

Projects range from a curriculum in game design for the Boys and Girls Club to big games such as Re:Activism and the sport Budgetball. In addition to work in social games and interactive media, her research focuses on the social aspects of design and prototyping process. In this vein, she is working with the Social Science Research Council on a prototyping approach to creating innovative learning spaces with youth, public schools and cultural institutions, with funding through the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Initiative.

University Forum member, Nokia and India China Institute Fellow (2006-2007). Member of the game design collectives Local No. 12 (see and The Leisure Society. Interactive work shown at Come Out and Play, SoundLab, The Whitney Museum for American Art and Creative Time. BFA, Media Arts Pratt Institute, graduate studies in Computer Science, CUNY and International Affairs, The New School.

Terry Mazany

Terry Mazany is president and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust. Mr. Mazany was selected as just the fifth executive in The Chicago Community Trust’s ninety-year history in 2004. In preparation for this appointment, he served as the Trust’s chief operating officer in October 2003.

Terry Mazany joined the Trust in 2001 as director and senior program officer for the Education Initiative of The Chicago Community Trust. In this capacity he led the design and implementation of the Trust’s $50 million, five-year commitment to supporting literacy, teacher and principal quality, and new school creation in Chicago. The Education Initiative has contributed to the significant and continuous improvement of student achievement in the Chicago Public Schools over the past five years. Based on this success the Trust has committed to a second five-year $50 million commitment focused on expanding system wide and across all curriculum content areas, developing more high quality principals, and supporting innovation at the local school level.

Before joining the Trust, Terry Mazany served a distinguished career in public school administration, leading improvement efforts in school districts in Michigan and California. Fundamental to this work was a commitment to equity and opportunity for all students. He served as the associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction for the Oakland Unified School District. In this capacity he had responsibility for the transformation of the District’s 85 schools to create a system of uniformly excellent schools benefiting 53,000 students. This transformation was guided by three principles: high standards, equity of opportunity, and accountability for results. He was selected for this position in Oakland after working three years for the State of California’s acclaimed California School Leadership Academy—a State agency providing leading edge training and development to administrators and public schools throughout California.

Terry has earned a masters degree in Anthropology and a masters degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on organizational change, from the University of Arizona. He applied this knowledge of organizational change and continuous improvement first in the Detroit Public Schools, and then in districts throughout the country including Chicago, Baltimore, and San Francisco, as well as many smaller school districts. He consulted directly with hundreds of schools and teachers, developing powerful models of curriculum and assessments within classrooms and pioneering models for whole school change.

His work in public education was an extension of his experience in a national project for public sector performance improvement that was the precursor to what became known as re-inventing government. Preceding his work in the public sector, Terry Mazany enjoyed his first career as an archaeologist and dendrochronologist—using tree-ring chronologies to date human settlements and develop past climate records.

Susan Mernit

Susan Mernit is co-founder of People's Software Company, a TechStars 2008 incubator company, and the program evangelist/consultant for the 2008-09 Knight News Challenge, awarding $5 million to support innovative local projects that expand online news and community discourse. A consultant in product development and social media, she is a BlogHer contributing editor on sex and relationships, a former exec at Yahoo, AOL, Netscape and Advance Internet and a dedicated blogger and long-time media/social media expert with a strong interest and connection to under 35s.

Kim Marcille Romaner

Kim Marcille Romaner is the founder of Possibilities Amplified, Inc., a company focused on helping people, businesses and communities discover new possibilities for themselves and amplify them into reality.  Previously she served as vice president of new initiatives for the Miami Herald Media Company, and was general manager of the online division for four years. In 1989, Kim founded Catalyst, a consulting firm and reseller specializing in cutting edge technology and workflow redesign for the media sector, and she was president of that firm for 9 years. Currently Kim also serves as executive director of the Miami-Dade Broadband Coalition, an organization committed to forwarding universal access in Miami-Dade County.

In 1989, Kim founded Catalyst, a consulting firm specializing in cutting edge technology and workflow, and she served as president of that firm for 9 years. Her past clients have included Ogilvy & Mather, Eastern Airlines, Miami-Dade College, Harris Corporation, and the Coca-Cola Company, among other organizations.


Eric Newton

Eric Newton is vice president of the journalism program for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Since 2001, he has developed more than $250 million in grants to advance quality journalism, freedom of expression and media innovation worldwide.

Before Knight, Newton was founding managing editor of the Newseum. Much of his original work as its chief content creator remains in the world's first major museum of news in Washington, D.C.

Newton began his journalism career as a newspaper editor in Northern California. At the Oakland Tribune, he was managing editor under owners Bob and Nancy Maynard, when the newspaper won 150 journalism awards, including a Pulitzer Prize.

Newton's book projects include Crusaders, Scoundrels, Journalists; Capture the Moment and News in a New America. He co-founded the First Amendment Project, shared in a Peabody award for "Mosaic: World News from the Middle East" and is a four-time Pulitzer Prize juror.

Newton has a bachelor's degree in journalism from San Francisco State University, where he was named a distinguished alumni. He holds a master's degree in international studies from the University of Birmingham, England, where he was a Rotary International Scholar. He has taught journalism at all levels.

In 2008, Newton won the DeWitt Carter Reddick Award at the University of Texas at Austin, honoring professional service to the field of communications. In 2009, he was recognized by the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation's First Amendment Award for Knight Foundation's work to create Sunshine Week.

Mayur Patel

Mayur Patel joined Knight Foundation in 2009. As vice president of strategy and assessment, he is responsible for aiding ongoing strategy development, strengthening research and knowledge management capabilities and assessing the impact and effectiveness of the foundation’s efforts.

Patel was previously a project associate with the Global Economic Governance Programme at the University of Oxford, involved in research on international institutions and economic affairs, and a fellow with the World Trade Organization in Geneva. He has served as a consultant to Oxfam's offices in Kenya and the UK, and as a trade and investment policy adviser to Realizing Rights, an NGO based in New York. He has previously worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Zimbabwe, his home country, on issues of civic engagement and parliamentary support.

A Rhodes Scholar, Patel has a doctorate in international development from the University of Oxford, from which he also earned a master’s degree. Prior to attending Oxford, he was awarded a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the London School of Economics (LSE). He is a Junior Fellow with the EVA Business and Policy Forum based in Helsinki and a recipient of a Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Award. Recently, Patel was named a 2011 Independent Sector American Express NGEN Fellow and one of '30 Under 30 Civic Leaders' by Splashlife Magazine and the National Council on Citizenship.

Robin Reiter-Faragalli

Robin Reiter-Faragalli maintains an active consulting practice in corporate philanthropy, family foundations and intergenerational issues. Her corporate focus is on helping to strategically position corporations in the community.

From 1999 to 2002, she served as vice president of human resources for The Miami Herald Publishing Co. She has served as president of two grant-making foundations and one fund-raising foundation. Between 1991 and 1993, she was an independent consultant in the areas of philanthropy, community and economic development, and political and civil affairs.

In 2005, she was appointed chair of Miami-Dade County’s $2.9 billion capital construction public oversight committee.

In 1999, Barry University awarded Reiter-Faragalli an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree for service to the community.

Anna-Maria Rooney

The San Diego Foundation

Trabian Shorters

Vice President / Communities, Knight Foundation.

Trabian Shorters joined Knight Foundation in December 2007. He and his team are responsible for the foundation's work in 26 communities across the United States, as well as the Knight Community Information ChallengeMedia Learning Seminars and Libraries Initiative. Over his professional career, Trabian's commitment to social innovation has made him a leader in the fields of National Service, Nonprofit Technology, and Social Entrepreneurship as they emerged in the United States.

Trabian came to the Knight Foundation from Ashoka, the world's leading investor in social entrepreneurs. A social entrepreneur is one who blends deep insights for solving societal challenge with an entrepreneur's drive and adaptability. Prior to that he was a social entrepreneur and the founder of Technology Works for Good (nowNPower Greater DC Region). TWFG was a partnership between AOL, Microsoft, Fannie Mae, The Meyer Foundation and dozens of smaller technology firms and grant-makers to help nonprofits use technology strategically.

About 20 years ago, Trabian cut his teeth in the non-profit sector as an inauguralPoints of Light Foundation Ambassador under first president George Bush. He also researched African American and American traditions of philanthropy at the Center on Philanthropy, was a co-founder of the National African American Males Collaboration and was an author of the AmeriCorps National Service Program under president Clinton.

Today, in addition to his work at Knight Foundation, he serves on the board, is an "International reviewer" for Ashoka and a coach to NYU's Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Program for Social Entrepreneurship. Originally from Pontiac Michigan, he earned a journalism degree from Michigan State University, is a Cranbrook alumnus and the proud first grandchild of Kennis and Irma Lee Hutchons.

Esther Thorson

Esther Thorson is Associate Dean of the School of Journalism and Director of Research at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Along with professors Steve Lacy and Murali Mantrala she has developed econometric models that link newspaper budget management with revenue/profit patterns. Dr. Thorson has published extensively on the news industry, advertising, news effects and health communication.

Her scholarly work has won a variety of research and writing awards and she has advised nearly 40 doctoral dissertations. She applies research, both hers and that of her colleagues, in newsrooms and advertising agencies across the US and abroad. She serves on an extensive list of journal editorial boards. Her latest books are (with David Schumann) Internet Advertising: Theory and Research (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2007and (with Jerry Parker), Health Communication in the New Media Landscape (Springer, 2008).

Lori Todd

Lori Todd is Knight Foundation’s interim online community manager, helping make Knight a truly interactive organization. Most recently, Todd worked as a visual journalist at The Miami Herald, where she designed the front page of the newspaper, created a team to help guide the Herald’s use of social media, organized Twitter meet-ups (tweetups) and designed the user interface for the paper’s first iPhone app, 2009 Dolphins Football. A South Florida native, Todd graduated from the University of Miami School of Communication in 2006. You can connect with her on Twitter by following@loritodd.

Carolyn Torgersen

Community Foundation of the Lowcountry

JoAnn M Turnquist

JoAnn Turnquist is President & CEO of Central Carolina Community Foundation, a $75MM nonprofit charitable organization that connects donors in the Midlands with the full spectrum of charitable and nonprofit organizations in their communities. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as Chief of Staff at the Moore School of Business where her primary role was stewardship. Ms. Turnquist brings 25 years of experience to her position with past work experience including sales leadership assignments within Rubbermaid Commercial Products, JohnsonDiversey, and the Clorox Company.

Ms. Turnquist has been active in a number of non-profit organizations. She chaired the South Carolina Mansion Foundation during Governor James Hodges’ administration and served as a literacy tutor for 12 years. While living in Chicago, she was president of Literacy Chicago’s Women’s Board and an active board member of the Gold Coast Neighbors, a preservation society. Ms. Turnquist began her undergraduate studies at Northwestern University and received a BA in City Planning at The Ohio State University. She lives in Columbia with her husband, Ernst Csiszar, and their four legged menagerie.

Jerry Wareham

President & CEO WVIZ/PBS & 90.3 WCPN ideastream

Amy Webb

Amy Webb is an author, speaker and future thinker and heads theWebbmedia Group, an international digital strategy consultancy that offers mobile, platform, social and emerging tech/media strategic services and workshops to Fortune 500 companies, foundations, media organizations, mid-sized businesses, governments and universities worldwide.

Her team of consultants and programmers at Webbmedia helps news and tech organizations around the world innovate.  Recent clients have included Time Inc., Hearst Digital, National Public Radio, ABC News, U.S. State Department, Knight Foundation, Kaiser Family Foundation, Univision, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and many others. Webbmedia has also just launched Knowledgewebb, the first all-in-one resource to help everyone learn social networks, websites, mobile and digital media.

Amy has spent more than 15 years working in digital media. She began her career as a reporter/writer with Newsweek (Tokyo) and the Wall Street Journal (Hong Kong) where she covered emerging technology, media and cultural trends. She has contributed to New York Times, NPR, The Economist, Philadelphia Inquirer and many publications and broadcast shows. Her work has been recognized with awards/nominations from Webby, Editor & Publisher, Investigative Reporters & Editors, Society of Professional Journalists, W3 and IAVA. She has an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and holds a B.A. in political economics from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.  She also earned Nikyu Certification in the Japanese government-administered Language Proficiency Test and speaks fluently.

Amy serves on the Board of Directors for the Online News Association, the Knight-Batten Advisory Board, the Advisory Board for Temple University’s Journalism Program and the Advisory Board for the International Center for Journalists.  She is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences/ Interactive Media Peer Group and an Emmy judge. She has been on the adjunct journalism faculty at University of Maryland, Temple University, Tokyo University and University of the Arts. Amy is a regular commentator on various broadcast shows and is a frequent keynote speaker at media conferences and journalism workshops around the world. She is based in Baltimore. Webbmedia Group consultants work out of offices in Miami, Houston, Kiev, New York City and Washington, D.C.


Warren Webster

Warren has spent the last 11 years in the media industry, and was the first to join the team at Patch Media.  Prior to Patch he was Vice President of Material Media, publisher of niche content sites including  Previously he was Director of Magazine Publishing for Gannett in Westchester, NY, where he was responsible for 40+ local and regional titles.  Prior to that he held various executive positions at Morris Communications Corporation, including Group General Manager of nine local newspapers, magazines and online news and information sites between Aspen and Vail, Colorado.  Warren graduated from St. Lawrence University with a BA in English.

Heidi Williamson

Berks County Community Foundation