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  • Craig Aaron

    President, Free Press and Free Press Action

    Craig has led Free Press and Free Press Action since 2011. For more than 15 years, he has been a leader in major campaigns at Free Press to safeguard Net Neutrality, stop media consolidation, oppose unchecked surveillance, defend public media and sustain quality journalism.

  • Victor Pickard

    Board Chair

    Victor is the C. Edwin Baker Professor of Media Policy and Political Economy at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, where he co-directs the Media, Inequality & Change (MIC) Center. He has written or edited six books, including America's Battle for Media Democracy and Democracy Without Journalism? Confronting the Misinformation Society.

  • Vanessa Cárdenas

    Vanessa is an experienced leader, organizer, political strategist and policy expert on immigration, political disinformation, climate change, women’s political empowerment and Latino voters. Prior to becoming executive director of America’s Voice, Vanessa led a social-impact firm that specialized in government relations, advocacy and communications. She has also worked with some of the most innovative progressive organizations, including the Biden for President campaign, EMILY’s List, the Center for American Progress, LULAC, the World Wildlife Fund and others.

  • Brandi Collins-Dexter

    Brandi Collins-Dexter is associate director of research at the Technology and Social Change Project (TaSC) at Harvard. As former senior campaign director of media, culture and economic justice at Color Of Change, Brandi led a number of successful campaigns for corporate and government accountability. She has testified in front of Congress on issues related to surveillance, antitrust and media manipulation. Her book Black Skinhead: Reflections on Blackness and Our Political Future uses a pop-culture lens to understand the history and trajectory of Black political, economic and social power.

  • Olga M. Davidson

    Holly earned her Ph.D. from Princeton University in Near Eastern Studies. She is on the faculty of the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations at Boston University, where she has served as a research fellow since 2009. She is a trustee of the Woodcock Foundation and has chaired the board of the Ilex Foundation since 1999.

  • Joan Donovan

    Joan is a professor of journalism and emerging media studies at Boston University. Previously, she was the director of the Technology and Social Change Research Project at Harvard Kennedy’s Shorenstein Center. Her research and teaching interests are focused on media manipulation, effects of disinformation campaigns and adversarial media movements. Joan previously served as the research lead for Data & Society’s Media Manipulation Initiative.

  • Martha Fuentes-Bautista

    Martha is on the faculty of the School of Public Policy and the Department of Communication at UMass Amherst, where she also directs the Engaged Research and Learning programs. Her research focuses on digital inequalities, media justice, internet governance, advocacy networks and media-policy literacy.

  • Michael Copps

    Director Emeritus

    Michael is a former commissioner and acting chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, where he served from 2001–2011. Michael continues to be active in the fight for media democracy, ubiquitous broadband and an open internet as a special adviser to Common Cause’s Media and Democracy Reform Initiative.

  • Robert W. McChesney

    Director Emeritus

    A co-founder of Free Press, Robert is the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has written or edited 27 books.

  • John Nichols

    Director Emeritus

    A co-founder of Free Press, John is the Nation's Washington correspondent and editorial-page editor of the Capital Times in Madison, Wisconsin. He is the author of 11 books.

  • Josh Silver

    Director Emeritus

    Josh is the co-founder and former president and CEO of Free Press. He is the founder and executive chairman of Represent.Us, a national campaign to end the undue influence of money in U.S. politics through passage of comprehensive anti-corruption laws.