Vanessa Valenti is the co-founder and managing editor of the award-winning blog, Feministing.com, an online strategist and speaker. Since its inception in 2004, Feministing has become the largest online feminist community in the world with over 500,000 unique readers every month, and has won several awards including the Sidney Hillman Prize in Blog Journalism, the Blogger’s Choice Award for Best Political Blog and the Choice USA Award. Vanessa is also an online consultant, sharing her passion for online movement-building by guiding clients to build successful social media and blog engagement strategies. For the last decade, she has been involved with grassroots initiatives, major national organizations, political campaigns and academic institutions with the goal of evangelizing online activism and illustrating how the internet has shifted the landscape for social change.
Courtney E. Martin is an author, blogger, and speaker. Her most recent book, Project Rebirth: Survival and the Strength of the Human Spirit from 9/11 Survivors, was published last fall. She is also the author of Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists, and Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How the Quest for Perfection is Harming Young Women. She is the Founding Director of the Solutions Journalism Network and an Editor Emeritus at Feministing.com. Her work appears frequently in The Christian Science Monitor, GOOD, and The Nation, among other national publications. Courtney has appeared on the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, MSNBC, and The O’Reilly Factor, and is the recipient of the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics, a residency from the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Centre, and is a TED speaker. She is the leader of the Op-Ed Project’s Public Voices Fellowship Program at Princeton University.
Dominique Johnson is a writer, actor, educator and blogger. A Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude graduate of Carleton College, B.A. History, Dominique’s recently completed the manuscript for a young adult, historical fiction novel. Other current projects include a screenplay and a new novel. Dominique also worked as an Educational Artist at Shakespeare & Company, a theater company with one of the most extensive arts-in-education programs in the Northeast. While she acts both onstage and onscreen, film is her main focus these days. Dominique’s spent time living in Missouri, Minnesota, and Morocco, as well as Costa Rica and France; plus traveled to China, Canada and The Netherlands for Model United Nations. She presently resides in Brooklyn.
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Jamia Wilson is a feminist media activist, writer, and digital storyteller. Jamia is currently VP of Programs at the Women’s Media Center and previously worked for Young People for the American Way, New York University, Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Her words and works have been featured in GOOD Magazine, CBS News, Alternet, Ms.,GRIT TV, In These Times, Forbes.com, GRIT TV, The Washington Post, CSPAN, NBC’s Today Show, Rookie Magazine, Fox.com, and more. She is a contributor to the 40th anniversary edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves, Women of Spirit and Faith’s 2011 anthology Women, Spirituality, and Transformative Leadership: Where Grace Meets Power and Madonna and Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop (2012). Twitter: @jamiaw
Jill Filipovic is a New York-based writer, consultant and attorney. She is the editor of the political blog Feministe, and a freelance journalist. Jill earned her B.A. in Politics and Journalism with a minor in Gender & Sexuality Studies from New York University. She received a J.D. from NYU School of Law, and spent three years working as a Big Law litigator. She now works with organizations, companies and individuals to bolster their media exposure and help them to establish or grow their online presence.
An architect by training, John Cary is a designer, speaker, and writer. His first book, The Power of Pro Bono, was published in 2010. He is the editor of PublicInterestDesign.org and his writing appears frequently in an array of publications as diverse as CNN.com, The Christian Science Monitor, Fast Company, and GOOD. John’s writing is informed by his work as a research fellow focused on public interest design within the University of Minnesota College of Design.
Samhita Mukhopadhyay is a writer, speaker and technologist residing in Brooklyn, NY. She is the Executive Editor of Feministing.com and is the author of Outdated: Why Dating is Ruining Your Love Life. She is also a highly regarded web strategist and has developed and managed the online technology strategies of leading grassroots organizing groups including The Center for Media Justice, The Praxis Project, The New Media Literacy Project and the Media Action Grassroots Network. She is a co-host of the podcast Opinionated on Citizen Radio and has written for multiple outlets including GOOD Magazine, The Nation, The American Prospect, Alternet and the Guardian UK, and has been profiled in Salon, Ms. Magazine, The Globe and Mail, The Rumpus, India Currents Magazine, Nirali Magazine, Brown Girl Magazine, Rabble.ca and on Alternet.
Since 2004, Janna A. Zinzi has provided communications services to a wide variety of non-profit organizations, entrepreneurs, media personalities, and artists through her company, Swirl PR. Swirl PR creates communications and social media strategy going beyond traditional public relations services to ensure that their clients have an understanding of how to communicate effectively with their target audiences both online and offline. They specialize in working with social justice organizations, especially around reproductive justice and women’s rights. Swirl also provides assessments and problem-solving for organizations looking to build and expand their communications capacity. Learn more at SwirlPR.com and stay in the mix on Twitter: @SwirlPR.
Miriam Zoila Pérez is an online communications consultant focusing on strategy, blog and online media outreach and content development. She specializes in working in the areas of reproductive justice, LGBTQ issues and racial justice. For more about her consulting work, visit her website.
Marc Faletti is an online video strategist and producer who has generated millions of views on creative content ranging from the NFL Draft to reproductive rights. Marc develops video from concept to completion, maximizing the impact of your message — and budget — on the web audience. His expertise has been applied to cutting-edge work for AARP, Nike, Dell, and others. Sample his work at his website.
Deanna Zandt is a media technologist, the author of Share This! How You Will Change the World With Social Networking (Berrett-Koehler, 2010) and a Research Fellow at the Center for Social Media at American University. She works with progressive advocacy and media organizations to create and implement effective web strategies toward organizational goals of social justice, civic engagement and empowerment. She specializes in overall organizational strategy development and providing workshops on digital media skills.
Nancy Goldstein is an experienced development and communications professional who has garnered both grants and ink in areas including public health, human and constitutional rights, reproductive rights, LGBT issues, drug policy, and HIV/AIDS. She has brought her strategic planning, messaging, writing, and pitching skills to organizations including the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Ford Foundation, Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, and National Advocates for Pregnant Women. Her opinion pieces in prominent places such as the Washington Post, the Guardian, and the Christian Science Monitor garner high value for clients.