Free Press and Free Press Action are independent, interrelated and autonomous organizations. Each is governed by a board of directors. Directors serve as volunteers and work together as a policymaking body.
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.
Ben is the director of policy and advocacy at Luminate. He previously served as the director of the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, a Berlin think tank, and as a senior advisor to New America's Open Technology Institute. He also led the technology-policy advisory group for the 2016 Clinton presidential campaign. Prior to that he served as the policy adviser for innovation at the State Department and as the policy director at Free Press.
Ashley is the executive vice president of campaigns and programs at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. She brings over a decade of outreach, community organizing and campaign experience, along with an expertise in crisis management, coalition building and strategic planning. She was the deputy director and senior policy advisor under Valerie Jarrett in the Obama White House Office of Public Engagement.
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.
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 directs the Technology and Social Change Research Project at the 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 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.
Bryan is the executive director of Movement Alliance Project, which uses media and communications to strengthen communities organizing for human rights, racial justice and economic justice. He helped design a winning campaign to end the state takeover of Philadelphia public schools and helped lead grassroots civic-engagement efforts to set ending mass incarceration as a priority of the city's district attorney.
Victor is an associate professor 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.
Robert W. McChesney
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.
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 is the co-founder and former president and CEO of Free Press. He is the founder and director of Represent.Us, a national campaign to end the undue influence of money in U.S. politics through passage of comprehensive anti-corruption laws.