Staff

  • Craig Aaron

    President and CEO

    Craig took the leadership of Free Press and the Free Press Action Fund in April 2011. He joined Free Press in 2004 and speaks across the country on media, Internet and journalism issues. Craig is a frequent guest on talk radio and is quoted often in the national press. His commentaries also appear regularly in the Guardian and the Huffington Post. Before joining Free Press, he was an investigative reporter for Public Citizen's Congress Watch and the managing editor of In These Times magazine. He is the editor of two books, Appeal to Reason: 25 Years of In These Times and Changing Media: Public Interest Policies for the Digital Age. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

  • Kimberly Longey

    Chief Operating Officer

    Kimberly oversees organizational development, strategic planning, staffing and financial management activities. She is also a key member of our fundraising team. Kimberly has more than 25 years' experience building, growing and reinventing nonprofit organizations. Before joining Free Press, Kimberly served as deputy director of the Proteus Fund and executive director of Hilltown Community Development Corp. She has held numerous elected and appointed government and civic positions in Massachusetts. Kimberly currently serves as president of the board of directors of the Solidago Foundation. She holds a master's degree in community economic development from the University of Southern New Hampshire.

  • Amy Altwarg

    Development Manager

    Amy works with the development team to implement all fundraising efforts for Free Press and the Free Press Action Fund. She comes to Free Press with more than 12 years of management experience in community-based and national for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Before joining Free Press, Amy served for eight years as the grants manager and special events coordinator for the Proteus Fund. She holds a master’s degree in counseling from the University of San Francisco and serves on the board of the Northampton Survival Center.

  • Candace Clement

    Advocacy and Organizing Manager

    Candace specializes in campaigns that examine the media’s role in our democracy. She also manages Free Press’ initiatives on community media and advises on our efforts to expand support for public media. Before joining Free Press, Candace worked with community radio station Valley Free Radio. Candace serves on the board of Girls Rock Campaign Boston and holds a B.A. in American studies from Smith College, with a concentration in media and culture.

  • Rachel Courtney

    Office Manager

    Rachel maintains communication between Free Press' Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts offices, supports staff projects and helps ensure that operations run smoothly at all levels. Rachel worked for a range of nonprofit organizations in Pittsburgh and has a background in community organizing. In Pittsburgh, she created a successful neighborhood community garden project and served as communications coordinator of the Mr. Roboto Project, a cooperative music venue.

  • Mary Alice Crim

    Engagement and Events Director

    Mary Alice develops, plans and runs Free Press events, including the National Conference for Media Reform. She is currently building Free Press' member-engagement program. She also participates in and supports ongoing campaign and policy initiatives through outreach, organizing and public education activities. Mary Alice serves on the board of Northampton Community Television and earned bachelor's degrees in media studies and Spanish from Southern Connecticut State University.

  • Carrie Cuthbert

    Development Director

    Carrie oversees all fundraising activities for Free Press and the Free Press Action Fund. Before joining Free Press, Carrie served for more than eight years as founding co-director of the Women's Rights Network, a human rights organization working to end violence against women, and for three years on the development team at Amherst College. She currently serves on the board of Safe Passage, which operates a shelter for battered women. Carrie earned a B.A. in anthropology from Amherst College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

  • Elizabeth Dubuque

    Operations Manager

    Elizabeth manages operations for Free Press, provides interoffice human resource support, oversees the recruitment and hiring process and provides executive support to the president. Before joining Free Press, Elizabeth owned an award-winning gardening business in San Francisco. Elizabeth earned her B.S. in criminal justice from San Francisco State University.

  • Hailu Dyami

    Web Developer

    Hailu works with various Web technologies to enable and empower the work of Free Press. He develops functionality for all Free Press sites, maintains best practices and develops new Web applications and individual sites. Before joining Free Press, Hailu worked with free and open source technologies for six years to support the missions of socially conscious nonprofits. Hailu earned an associate’s of science degree from Greenfield Community College.

  • Lindsy Embree

    Online Communications Manager

    Lindsy coordinates Free Press’ online organizing efforts, creates the weekly Media Fix newsletter, manages Free Press’ social media outreach and advertising and assists with media relations. Lindsy holds a B.A. in sociology with minors in African-American studies and women's studies from Eastern Illinois University.

  • Lee Feldscher

    Information Technology Director

    Lee oversees all computer hardware, software and telephone systems to ensure 24/7 communications capabilities and productivity for Free Press. He has worked in the IT field in various capacities over the past 30 years, with side projects ranging from astronomy to film production to teaching and coaching. Lee earned a B.A. in astrophysics from the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Timothy Karr

    Senior Director of Strategy

    Timothy builds on Free Press' grassroots and policy work to advance the organization's strategic goals and reach new communities. Before joining Free Press, Tim served as executive director of MediaChannel.org and vice president of Globalvision New Media. He has also worked extensively as an editor, reporter and photojournalist for the Associated Press, Time, Inc., the New York Times and Australia Consolidated Press. Tim critiques, analyzes and reports on media and media policy for the Huffington Post and on his personal blog, MediaCitizen.

  • Amy Kroin

    Editor

    Amy edits all Free Press and Free Press Action Fund communications. She also edits and monitors the Free Press and Save the Internet websites, coordinates and edits all blogs and helps create campaign, outreach and development materials. Amy has worked as a writer and editor for 15 years and her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post and Salon, among other publications. Amy holds a B.A. in English from Vassar College and an M.F.A. in English from UMass Amherst.

  • Josh Levy

    Internet Campaign Director

    Josh leads Free Press’ work to protect Internet freedom, stop government and corporate surveillance, secure public use of the public airwaves and promote universal access to high-speed Internet. Before joining Free Press, Josh was the managing editor of Change.org, where he supervised the launch of more than a dozen issue-based blogs. Josh holds a B.A. in English and religion from the University of Vermont and an M.F.A. in integrated media arts from Hunter College.

  • Sara Longsmith

    Foundation Relations Manager

    Sara works to secure financial support for Free Press and the Free Press Action Fund. She is responsible for all aspects of institutional funding and coordinates all grantwriting and reporting efforts. She has more than 10 years' experience helping nonprofits obtain resources to carry out their work. Before joining Free Press, Sara was a senior development associate for Community Action! in Western Massachusetts. Sara earned her B.S. in biology at Davidson College and her M.A. in intercultural and international management at the SIT Graduate Institute.

  • Amy Martyn

    Administrative Director

    Amy oversees Free Press’ operations team, including human resources, IT, finance and facilities, and ensures compliance with state and federal regulations for employment, nonprofit corporations and advocacy. She has more than 20 years of nonprofit administrative experience, including as administrative director of the Solidago Foundation and administrative manager of the Western Massachusetts Planned Parenthood Center. Amy earned a B.A. in women's studies from Norwich University.

  • Yesenia Perez

    Associate Development Director

    Yesenia works with the development team to implement all fundraising efforts for Free Press and the Free Press Action Fund. She has over 12 years of experience in content management and fundraising. Yesenia comes to Free Press from the Institute for Community Economics. She received her B.S. in business administration from Bernard M. Baruch College.

  • Misty Perez Truedson

    Advocacy and Organizing Director

    Misty oversees Free Press’ advocacy and organizing efforts. She conducts strategic campaign planning and both online and offline organizing and outreach activities to advance Free Press’ legislative and movement-building initiatives. She works collaboratively with community-based organizations, public interest groups, academics and other allies on campaigns and events. Before joining Free Press, Misty was the statewide grassroots organizing coordinator for Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. She holds a master’s degree in community development and planning from Clark University.

  • Josh Stearns

    Press Freedom Director

    Josh directs Free Press’ campaigns on press freedom, public media and media ownership. He develops online and offline strategy, outreach and organizing efforts. Josh has published numerous reports on press freedom, journalism, media consolidation and public media, and speaks regularly about community engagement, activism and the future of journalism. Before joining Free Press, Josh coordinated policy and communications efforts for service-learning and higher education organizations. He holds a B.A. in English from St. Lawrence University and an M.A. in American studies from UMass Amherst.

  • Joseph Torres

    Senior External Affairs Director

    Joseph advocates in Washington to ensure that our nation’s media policies serve the public interest and builds coalitions to broaden the media reform movement's base. Joseph writes frequently on media and Internet issues and is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media. Joseph also serves on the board of directors of the Center for Media Justice and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers. Before joining Free Press, Joseph worked as deputy director of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and was a journalist for several years. He earned a degree in communications from the College of Staten Island.

  • S. Derek Turner

    Research Director

    Derek oversees Free Press’ research and policy analysis efforts in Washington. He has written extensively on a wide range of media and technology issues, and regularly testifies before Congress and the FCC. His reports have examined the state of broadband competition in the U.S., the role of the Universal Service Fund and the lack of female and minority media ownership. Derek holds a master's degree in public policy from the Goldman School at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received the 2006 Smolensky Prize for Outstanding Advanced Policy Analysis. He is the lead author of the book Changing Media: Public Interest Policies for the Digital Age.

  • Chancellar Williams

    Associate Policy Director

    Chancellar lobbies to ensure that media and telecommunications policies serve the public interest. He works to make Washington more accessible by preparing and engaging key allies in lobbying and advocacy on Capitol Hill and at the FCC. Chancellar also builds and sustains collaborative projects that advance Free Press’ policy and movement-building goals. Chancellar serves on the board of Allied Media Projects and on the advisory council of the Media Literacy Project. He holds a B.S. in business from Miami University and a master's in public service from the Clinton School of Public Service.

  • Lauren Wilson

    Policy Counsel

    Lauren works on a broad range of Internet, media and telecommunications issues and advocates for the public interest before the Federal Communications Commission, Congress, the courts and other federal and state agencies. In 2014, Forbes named Lauren to its “30 under 30” list in the law and policy category. Before joining Free Press, Lauren was a student attorney at the Institute for Public Representation’s First Amendment and Media Law Project. Lauren earned her A.B. in public policy studies from Duke University and her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a Dean’s Scholar.

  • Matt Wood

    Policy Director

    Matt helps shape our policy team’s efforts to protect the open Internet, prevent media concentration, promote affordable broadband deployment and prioritize a revitalized public media. Before joining Free Press, he worked at the public interest law firm Media Access Project and in the communications practice groups of two private law firms in Washington, D.C. Before that, he served as editor-in-chief for the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, worked for PBS, and spent time at several professional and college radio and television stations. Matt earned his B.A. in film studies from Columbia University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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