Craig has led Free Press and the Free Press Action Fund since 2011. He joined Free Press in 2004 and speaks across the country about media activism and the future of journalism and the Internet. Craig is quoted often in the national press on media and technology issues and is a frequent guest on TV and the radio. His commentaries appear regularly in The Huffington Post, and he has written for The Daily Beast, TheGuardian, The Hill, MSNBC, Politico, The Progressive, TheSeattle Times, Slate and many others. 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. Follow him on Twitter @notaaroncraig.
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 the Hilltown Community Development Corp. She has held numerous elected and appointed government and civic positions in Massachusetts. Kimberly recently served as president of the board of the Solidago Foundation and as president of the Old Creamery Co-op. She remains an active supporter of both organizations. She holds a master’s degree in community economic development from the University of Southern New Hampshire. When not at work, Kimberly can be found taking her two Irish setters on long walks in the woods, conjuring up elaborate menus for her next dinner party or planning her next trip to Italy.
Candace directs Free Press’ campaigns to restore Net Neutrality and stop government and corporate surveillance. She also directs our in-district organizing and online engagement and runs our internship program. 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. Candace loves all things pop culture. Follow her on Twitter @candacejeanne.
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. Rachel divides her free time between researching songs for her weekly show on Valley Free Radio, helping out at her husband’s record store and knitting a never-ending series of socks.
Mary Alice directs Free Press’ field efforts, leads our campaign to stop the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, and participates in ongoing campaign and policy initiatives through outreach, organizing and public education activities. She also develops, plans and runs Free Press events like the National Conference for Media Reform and leads the organization’s member-engagement work. 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. When she isn’t working she’s likely taking on one of her hobbies: softball, volleyball, playing with her dog, gardening and brewing.
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 serves survivors of domestic violence. Carrie earned a B.A. in anthropology from Amherst College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Outside of work she can be found experimenting in the kitchen, hiking mountain trails, drinking chai, devouring fiction — and driving carpools.
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. She is a dedicated San Francisco Giants and 49ers fan, a nature aficionado, a road-trip scholar, an avid volunteer and a collector of Hot Wheels.
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.
Dutch joined Free Press in 2007 as office manager. After wearing many hats, they now oversee Web development, online advocacy and outreach, data analysis and content creation for FreePress.net and SavetheInternet.com. Dutch also manages the organization's social media outreach. Perhaps one of the most helpful cynics you'll meet, they can also be found hiking around Western Massachusetts, enjoying delicious IPAs, rooting for the Chicago Cubs and compiling the world's greatest mixtapes of Christmas music. Follow them on Twitter @l__embree.
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. Before that he collaborated on the first measurement of particles (neutrinos) from outside our solar system, and on the discovery of the top quark. (If you have questions about neutrinos Lee’s your guy.) He also co-founded the astronomy website Slooh.com. Lee earned a B.A. in astrophysics from the University of Pennsylvania. He’d like nothing better than to unfurl a Net Neutrality banner in zero gravity while orbiting Earth.
Sandra coordinates Free Press’ legislative outreach and lobbying efforts. Before joining Free Press, she served as a legislative assistant in the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington office. During her time there she focused on First Amendment and privacy issues, including Net Neutrality, minority media ownership, government spying programs, and updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Prior to that, she served as a research associate for a 2008 congressional campaign in Maryland and worked in Discovery Communications’ government relations group. Sandra earned a degree in political science from the University of Maryland. Follow her on Twitter @radsandy.
Julia advances Free Press campaigns and field work. Before joining Free Press, she was active in grassroots organizing with the Media Mobilizing Project, a Philadelphia-based advocacy network, and ran online campaigns with the Internet rights group Fight for the Future. Julia earned a B.A. in science, technology and society at the University of Pennsylvania. She speaks Chinese and Spanish and draws with Sharpies in her free time. Follow her on Twitter @blueskygraber.
Timothy builds on Free Press’ grassroots and policy work to promote universal access to open networks and protect free speech everywhere. Before joining Free Press, Tim served as executive director of MediaChannel.org and as 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. When not wrangling with media, Tim is busy chauffeuring his two daughters to soccer matches across northern New Jersey. Follow him on Twitter @TimKarr.
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. She loves hiking, writing, singing and proving to any and all contrarians that Mad Men is the best show of all time. Follow her on Twitter @AmyKroin.
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. She loves cold-water swimming and winning online contests. She’ll pickle pretty much anything at least once. Follow her on Twitter @Sara_Du.
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 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. When not raising funds to fight telecom giants, Yesenia’s sharing her love of music, passion for dance and commitment to fitness as a Zumba instructor.
Misty oversees the Free Press staff and helps define strategy, direction and evaluation for the organization. She also plays a key role in leading the digital communications and advocacy and organizing teams. 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.
Mike directs Free Press’ campaigns to protect press freedom and oversees the organization’s Building Community Around the News project in New Jersey. Before joining Free Press, Mike worked for the human rights organizations Privacy International and Access. In a past life, Mike was a journalist for the Newark Star-Ledger and Gannett Newspapers. Mike received his master's degree in media studies and media management at the New School in New York City and his bachelor's degree in journalism at Marist College. Follow him on Twitter @rispolimike.
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. Follow him on Twitter @JosephATorres.
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 consolidation in the broadcast television industry, the economics of the pay-TV market, the state of domestic broadband competition, 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.
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. Follow her on Twitter @laurendotwilson.
Matt helps shape our policy team’s efforts to protect the open Internet, prevent media concentration, promote affordable broadband deployment and safeguard press freedom. He’s served as an expert witness before Congress on multiple occasions. 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. Matt likes watching sports, riding his bicycle and talking about philosophy — just not all at the same time. Follow him on Twitter @mattfwood.