We achieved remarkable wins in 2018 — milestones that were all the more remarkable in light of nonstop attacks on everyone’s rights to connect and communicate. The secret to our success? People rallying together to bring about the world we want and deserve to live in.
Fighting for Justice
Basic rights are under threat in the Trump era, and marginalized communities are increasingly vulnerable. We’re pushing back via these innovative campaigns.
Defying the Trump FCC
Like the president he serves, FCC Chairman Pai is a friend to big business and a foe to ordinary people. We sued the agency over his decisions to end Net Neutrality and pave the way for more media consolidation.
Connecting with Communities
Our News Voices and Puerto Rico projects are all about building relationships and listening to people on the ground.
Leading with Our Values
A big secret to Free Press’ success is our ability to evolve and innovate while staying true to our commitment to fighting for justice.
About Free Press
We seek to change the media to transform democracy to realize a just society.
Since Free Press was founded in 2003, the media landscape has changed dramatically. Media and technology are now intertwined in our daily lives, vital to the health of our communities, and essential to a functioning democracy. We believe the fight for racial justice must be at the center of transforming our media and our democracy.
Media and technology can be used to oppress people — or to liberate them. We focus on these powerful platforms and tools because they have an outsized influence not just on our political system but on the kind of society we will have and the lives we will lead.
We focus on saving Net Neutrality, achieving affordable internet access for all, uplifting the voices of people of color in the media, challenging old and new media gatekeepers to serve the public interest, ending unwarranted surveillance, defending press freedom and reimagining local journalism.
Our Team* as of February 2019
Craig AaronPresident and CEO
Michael AbbateFinance Manager
Alicia BellOrganizing Manager
Candace ClementCampaign Director
Dutch CosmianDigital Director
Mary Alice CrimField Director
Carrie CuthbertDevelopment Director
Leo FitzpatrickPolicy Counsel and C. Edwin Baker Fellow
Dana FlobergPolicy Manager
Brandon ForesterNational Organizer
Heather FranklinDigital Campaigner and C. Edwin Baker Fellow
Sandra FultonGovernment Relations Director
Jessica J. GonzálezVice President of Strategy and Senior Counsel
Timothy KarrSenior Director of Strategy and Communications
Gaurav LaroiaPolicy Counsel
Kimberly LongeyChief Operating Officer
Sara LongsmithFoundation Partnerships Director
Lucia MartínezDigital Campaign Manager
Amy MartynAdministrative Director
Nilda MuhrCampaign Manager
Yesenia Perez-AlgarinAssociate Development Director
Misty Perez TruedsonChief of Staff
Christina PierceOperations Manager
O’neil PryceSpecial Assistant to the President and CEO
Mike RispoliNews Voices Director
Carmen ScuratoSenior Policy Counsel
James L. ThompsonOrganizer
Joseph TorresSenior Director of Strategy and Engagement
S. Derek TurnerResearch Director
Stefan Ward-WhetenOffice Manager
Collette WatsonCreative Communications Director
Matt WoodVice President of Policy and General Counsel
Board of Directors
Craig AaronPresident and CEO, Free Press and Free Press Action
Alvaro BedoyaFounding Executive Director, Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology
Michael CoppsFormer FCC Commissioner
Olga M. DavidsonChair, Ilex Foundation
Victor PickardProfessor, University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication
Liza PikeDirector, New Media Mentors
Ben Scott, ChairDirector of Policy and Advocacy, Luminate
Free Press by the Numbers
Free Press raised $1,970,659 in donations in 2018, from 1,458 unique donors, with contributions ranging from $1 to $500,000. The average Free Press donation was $1,351.
The Free Press Action Fund raised $945,715 in donations in 2018, from 5,588 unique donors, with contributions ranging from $1 to $100,000. The average Action Fund donation was $115.
Top Foundation Partners ($5K and higher)
- American Endowment Foundation
- craigslist Charitable Fund
- CS Fund/Warsh-Mott Legacy
- CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Foundation (News Integrity Initiative)
- Democracy Fund
- Democracy Fund Voice
- Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
- Ford Foundation
- Foundation to Promote Open Society
- Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
- Holthues Trust
- Leland Fikes Foundation, Inc.
- New Venture Fund (Media Democracy Fund)
- Park Foundation
- Pechet Foundation
- Rockefeller Foundation
- Steve and Paula Child Foundation
- Sy Syms Foundation
- The Kaphan Foundation
- Voqal Funding Group
- Working Assets (CREDO customer donation pool)
- Woodcock Foundation
Free Press and the Free Press Action Fund are supported by gifts and grants from individuals, private foundations and public charities. Neither organization accepts funding from business, government or political parties.
2018 Financial Year in Review*
|Temporarily Restricted Contributions||$||1,246,109|
|Investment and Other Income||$||25,158|
|Internet Freedom, Platform Accountability and Press Freedom Programs||$||3,672,474|
|Management and Governance||$||140,101|
|Net Assets at Beginning of Year:||$||6,119,999|
|Net Assets at Year End:||$||3,938,453|
Free Press Action Fund
|Temporarily Restricted Contributions||$||145,000|
|Internet Freedom, Platform Accountability and Press Freedom Programs||$||876,718|
|Management and Governance||$||24,350|
|Net Assets at Beginning of Year:||$||287,591|
|Net Assets at Year End:||$||200,028|
*The fiscal year for Free Press and Free Press Action Fund extends from Jan. 1–Dec. 31.
For more information, see the complete audited financial statements and accompanying notes on our website at freepress.net/about/financials.