JULIE FOUDY, GLOBALGIRL MEDIA SPOKESPERSON
Former U.S. Women’s Soccer Team, Sportscaster, ESPN
Julie Foudy is one of the world’s top female soccer players. Foudy garnered two Olympic Gold medals, one Olympic silver medal, and two World Cup championships during her seventeen years playing on the national team. She was one of the founding players of the first Women’s Professional Soccer League, the WUSA. Foudy won the 1997 FIFA Fair Play Award for her work against child labor, the first woman and first American to win the award, and in 2007 was inducted into the National Hall of Fame. Since 1988, Foudy has served as a soccer analyst and commentator for ESPN, where she has covered World Cups, Women’s World Cups and numerous international and national soccer events, in addition to serving as a commentator on SportsCenter, First Take and other ESPN programs.
GLOBALGIRL MEDIA TEAM
AMIE WILLIAMS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & Co-Founder
Amie Williams is an award winning producer/director specializing in documentary film and video for television, NGO’s and political campaigns. Her films, such as the feature length We Are Wisconsin, No Sweat and Uncommon Ground have won numerous awards, including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Peace Grant, the International Documentary David Wolper Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Media Grant, and the SONY/Streisand Award for emerging female filmmakers. Amie’s work has appeared on the Discovery Channel, PBS, BBC, Current TV, Al Jazeera English and Kenya Television Nation. After graduating from Yale University, Amie lived and worked in Kenya as a teacher and health-communications consultant for the Ford Foundation and Care, International.
MEENA NANJI, INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS & Co-Founder
Meena Nanji, is an award winning independent film/video-maker whose work focuses on explorations of race, cultural diasporas, gender rights as seen across the backdrop of social justice and human rights. Her internationally acclaimed projects, including Voices of the Morning, It is a Crime, and Net of Jewels, has been shown at film festivals, museums and galleries around the world. Her documentary, View From A Grain of Sand (2006), about women’s rights in Afghanistan, has won several film festival awards and was broadcast on PBS and internationally. Meena has received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, National Endowment of the Arts, Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), Women in Film Foundation, Durfee Foundation, Paul Robeson Fund, among others. She served as a juror/panelist for grant-giving organizations and has taught and lectured at universities and conferences around the world. Raised in Kenya and educated in the UK, Meena is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts.
THERESE STEINER, STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS & Founding Partner
Therese Steiner, head of Therese Steiner Consulting, brings over 25 years experience in the media and entertainment industry to her work as a consultant with creative organizations. She has worked with both global and US based entertainment companies such as ESPN, Showtime, ABCnews.com, ABC Radio, AOL, Harper Collins Publishers, PBS, Sesame Workshop, Viacom and others. Previously, Therese served as Deputy Director of the Production Center at WNET/ Thirteen in New York, overseeing the production and distribution of WNET’s national programming portfolio including Great Performances, Nature, The MacNeil/ Lehrer Newshour, American Masters, among others. Ms. Steiner was a Field Producer on the Peabody, Emmy and Christopher Award winning series Heritage: Civilization and the Jews, with Abba Eban. Therese is on the Communications Council for Global Fund for Women and holds an BA from Harvard University and a MFA from Columbia University.
Tobie Loomis is a filmmaker and activist and a strong supporter of equal rights. She is an award winning writer, director and producer of multiple PSA campaigns. Her productions focus on various issues from women’s rights, child abuse, to homelessness and the genocide in Darfur. Born in Montreal, Quebec into a traditional Greek family, Loomis was the first in her family to attend college. While still in school she interned as a broadcast journalist for Montreal radio stations, including broadcasting live feed coverage of the Grammy Awards from Los Angeles. After graduating with a B.A in film and media studies she moved to N.Y.C where she studied acting with Herbert Berghof at the HB Studio and then in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. In 1989 Loomis began a ten-year collaboration with acclaimed photographer Just Loomis, producing short films and videos for A&M, Warner Bros. Records and musicians including; K.D Lang, Amy Grant and Patty Griffin. Since 2000 she has been an active member of Women in Film (WIF) Los Angeles and the Co-Chair of the Emmy winning WIF PSA Production Program mentoring women to develop their craft of filmmaking by creating effective and compelling public service announcements. Loomis’ clients have included, Free Arts for Abused Children, The Dream Foundation, and The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Operation Gratitude, Nobel Peace Summit/Rome, Bal-Maiden Films and Participant Media. As Advisory Chair of WIF International Committee, her work extends into the International communities where she develops, produces and supervises their programming, including; an annual international short film series (focusing on underserved communities and filmmakers), media educational forums, seminars and co-productions with the American Film Market (AFM). Her panelists have included Academy Award winning filmmakers, Cathy Schulman, Lawrence Bender and Davis Guggenheim. Always challenging conventional boundaries, Loomis believes that the “social cause” and the “creative idea” when working in unison are only empowered by the evolution of technology. She hopes to continue to develop her outreach by effectively implementing new and social media platforms to help create awareness by immediately reaching and impacting millions.
KAMALA LOPEZ, Founding Director, Los Angeles Program
Kamala Lopez, founder of Heroica Films, is a filmmaker, actress and Yale graduate whose award winning feature film debut “A Single Woman” is about the life of first US Congresswoman, noted pacifist and co-founder of the ACLU, Jeannette Rankin. Other award winning films include: Filet of 4, Ese Beso, Legal Affairs, among others. Born in New York City to an Indian mother and a Venezuelan father, Kamala is known for her many roles in television and film, such as Sesame Street, Deep Cover, Born In East LA and I Heart Huckabees. She recently hosted the PBS series Wired Science and is a frequent blogger for the Huffington Post. Kamala is a fellow of Film Independents Director’s Lab, Writer’s Lab and sits on the Advisory Board of The Women’s International Film and TV Showcase.
CHAIR: BRONWYN CORNELIUS is an award-winning independent film producer who is dedicated to and very passionate about global change and social issues. Her background includes several years in public relations for a major international PR firm and as a Sales Trader and VP on Wall Street, as well as working in production with a veteran line producer on studio films. Bronwyn was born in Los Angeles, educated in England, lived in Hong Kong and New York and has traveled around the world. She currently serves as the Board Chair for GlobalGirl Media, and sits on the board of the Berlin-based non-profit Breaking The Ice.
JON CODY is one of the nation’s top digital and traditional media experts, with over a decade of experience defining the United States broadband Internet access and video industries in senior operational, strategic, and government roles. Cody is the Founder and CEO of TV4 Entertainment, Inc., a broadband television programming and production company, founded in August 2012. TV4’s mission is to program your passion with great storytelling on every screen, anywhere. TV4 Entertainment programs and super-distributes genre-specific broadband television channels in categories that attract intensely passionate, worldwide audiences that are poorly served by traditional television. Prior to founding TV4 Entertainment, Cody spent six and a half years in senior management roles at News Corporation. Cody ran Fox Digital Media, the corporate digital unit of Fox Networks Group. Previously at News Corp, Cody served as the lead Fox operational executive and Launch GM on the Hulu launch team and incubated and launched several digital video businesses and products for Fox Entertainment Group’s film and television studios and television networks.Prior to his time at News Corporation, Cody served as a senior advisor to Federal Communications Commission Chairman, Michael K. Powell. Cody was the primary architect of the first national broadband plan for the United States, which serves as the policy and legal framework governing the broadband Internet access industry today. Additionally, Cody advised Chairman Powell on the digital television transition, media ownership, spectrum allocation, and homeland security policies. Cody earned is Juris Doctorate at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law and undergraduate degree from Alfred University.
MICHELLE LYND is Senior Managing Member of Dalton Investments LLC, a firm focused on public and private investments around the world. She began her career with the New York law firm Davis Polk & Wardewell and was a Managing Director of Farallon Capital in San Francisco. Raised in a rural area in Southeastern Pennsylvania, she has lived her adult life in urban areas spanning from Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, London and Asia. Her international career has provided her with opportunities to experience diverse urban issues and the complications of mono-focused capitalist economies – leaving too many disadvantaged in the global economy. Her neverending curiousity and ethos have focused her attention to issues ranging from the effects of lead poisoning on the intellectual development of children in urban areas, providing rights and dignity for the elderly and poor who fall through the safety net, the vastly disproportinate allocation of resourses and power in developed and developing countries and most importantly – the silencing of women’s voices and denial of equal rights around the world. Her charitable work has included providing pro-bono services for children tried for violent crimes as adults, providing political asylum assistance to Tibetan and African refugees, supporting environmnetal iniatives and women’s rights. She is keenly interested in creative collaborations to bring together dedicated individuals from different fields of expertise to solve social problems. Ms. Lynd graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and received her advanced degree from Northwestern University.
TOBIE LOOMIS is a filmmaker and activist and a strong supporter of equal rights. She is an award winning writer, director and producer of multiple PSA campaigns. Her productions focus on various issues from women’s rights, child abuse, to homelessness and the genocide in Darfur. Always challenging conventional boundaries, Loomis believes that the “social cause” and the “creative idea” when working in unison are only empowered by the evolution of technology. She hopes to continue to develop her outreach by effectively implementing new and social media platforms to help create awareness by immediately reaching and impacting millions.
JODIE EVANS has been a community, social and political organizer for the last 30 years, devoting her considerable energies, talents and skills to a variety of causes and community-based organizations. These include CODEPINK, Citizen Action, Neighbor to Neighbor, Earth Island Institute, Environmental Media Association, Los Angeles Women’s Foundation, El Rescate, C.A.R.E., and People for Parks, among others. She is currently active in several non-profits in the L.A. area, including two she founded: CODEPINK, the Conscious Business Alliance and the Community Self-Determination Institute, teaching ex-gang members life skills and community empowerment. With her experience and contacts, Jodie helps Global Girl Media make in-roads into the international community that the organization is trying to serve.
HEATHER GATES-MASSOUDI is Managing Director at Venture Capital Services, Deloitte Services, LP. Her primary focus is building venture capital relationships, working with venture capital funds and their portfolio companies to provide innovative service offerings and quality professional service. Before joining Deloitte, Heather was a Chief Financial Officer at a telecommunications software company, where she wrote the business plan, led financing discussions and operations. Prior, she was Vice President of Business Development at a venture-backed software and services company. She was previously an investment banker at Hambrecht & Quist in the software and internet industry group executing on IPOs, private placements, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity investment opportunities. She also spent nine years as an audit professional at another Big 4 firm serving the technology sector. She has worked on numerous IPOs and other security offerings and served companies in the venture capital and technology, media and telecommunications industries.
MEENA NANJI is co-founder of GlobalGirl Media and an award winning independent film/video-maker whose work focuses on explorations of race, cultural diasporas, gender rights as seen across the backdrop of social justice and human rights. Her internationally acclaimed projects, including Voices of the Morning, It is a Crime, and Net of Jewels, has been shown at film festivals, museums and galleries around the world. Her documentary, View From A Grain of Sand (2006), about women’s rights in Afghanistan, has won several film festival awards and was broadcast on PBS and internationally. Meena has received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, National Endowment of the Arts, Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), Women in Film Foundation, Durfee Foundation, Paul Robeson Fund, among others. She served as a juror/panelist for grant-giving organizations and has taught and lectured at universities and conferences around the world. Raised in Kenya and educated in the UK, Meena is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts.
THERESE STEINER is a founding partner of GlobalGirl Media. She is president and founder of Therese Steiner Consulting and brings over 25 years of experience to her work as consultant with media, entertainment and non-profit organizations. She has worked with both global and U.S. based entertainment companies such as ESPN, Showtime, ABCnews.com, AOL, Harper Collins Publisher, PBS Sesame Workshop, Viacom and others. Previously, Therese served as Deputy Director of the Production Center at WNET/ Thirteen, overseeing the production and distribution of WNET’s national programming portfolio including Great Performances, Nature, The MacNel/Lehrer Newshour, American Masters and others. She was a Field Producer on the Emmy, Peabody and Christopher Award winning PBS series Heritage: Civilization and the Jews with Abba Eban. Therese is on the Communications Council for Global Fund for Women and the Executive Board of Classic Stage Company in New York. Therese graduated from Harvard University and received a MFA from Columbia University.
AMIE WILLIAMS is co-founder of Global Girl Media. An award-winning filmmaker and video journalist who has worked in Africa, Russia and Japan, most recently finishing the feature-length documentary film WE ARE WISCONSIN, called by Michael Moore “the best record of this era’s out of control era of corporate greed.” She has produced feature-length documentaries and reported on human rights for PBS, Current TV, Al Jazeera, Discovery Channel, HBO and the BBC. She is a MacArthur Foundation International Peace Award recipient, 1992 for her work with youth anti-apartheid activism worldwide, resulting in the International Documentary Award for her film Uncommon Ground. Prior to her film career Amie was a media consultant for the Ford Foundation and Care, International in Kenya. It was in Kenya, shortly after the Presidential election violence of 2008, working for Current TV, she met a young woman who had been gang raped by militia. This young woman begged to be taught how to work a camera and tell her story Amie has also trained youth in media in various capacities, at the university level (UNLV and UCLA), as an artist-in-resident for the LA Mayor’s Arts Recovery Fund and the Las Vegas Children’s Museum, as a visiting scholar at Tsuda Womens’ College in Tokyo, Japan, and for the American Film Institute’s inaugural 20/20 Program, in partnership with NEH and the U.S. State Department, where she toured Israel, Tunisia, South Africa, China and Morocco. Her films include: WE ARE WISCONSIN, which won the Top Ten Audience Award at the Toronto Hot Docs Film Festival and was nominated for an IDA Award; (2012) NO SWEAT, (2006) about bad-boy clothing manufacturer American Apparel, which premiered at the AFI Film Festival and was broadcast on KQED and Current TV; FALLON, NV: DEADLY OASIS (2004) about a childhood leukemia cluster, an ITVS funded film broadcast on PBS; and UNCOMMON GROUND: FROM LOS ANGELES TO SOUTH AFRICA (1994).
Mandalit del Barco, Reporter, NPR Radio; Lorna Chiu, Doctors Without Borders; Julie Foudy, Former U.S. Women’s Soccer Team, Sportscaster, ESPN; David Theo Goldberg, Director, UC Humanities Institute; Arlene Nelson, Cinematographer, Full Nelson Films; Gini Reticker, Executive Producer, Women, War and Peace (PBS); Meg Thompson, Filmmaker and Founder Arcane Pictures.
CHICAGO ADVISORY BOARD
Susan Moran, Lawyer, President and Owner, Moran Properties, Inc.; Laura Washington, Chicago Sun Times columnist and political analyst for ABC 7, Chicago’s ABC owned station; Marilyn Katz, Founder and President of MK Communications Inc.; Michele Weldon, Assistant Professor of Journalism, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, journalist and author, Seminar Leader at The OpEd Project; Elizabeth Taylor, Literary Editor of the Chicago Tribune.
SOUTH AFRICA ADVISORY BOARD
Edwin Wes, Film Director, Cinematographer, Former Director, Free Filmmakers Association; Mashie Maponya, Theater Director, Property Developer, Arts Administrator; Bridget Pickering, Film Producer, Owner, Fireworx Media.
STAFF & VOLUNTEERS 2013
Ebonee Rice, MCM, Program Manager
Leah Luong, Office & Social Media Networking Intern
Wendy Sit, Strategic Development Research Intern
Jahan Nanji, Marketing & Outreach Intern
Victoria Brown, Program Development Intern Samantha Bode, Video Editing Intern Yousuf Syed, Video Editing Intern
STAFF & VOLUNTEERS 2012
Kate Mason, Office & Production Manager Ebonee Rice, MCM, Office & Production Manager
Aldijana Imamovic, Social Media Networking and Production Intern
Samantha Bode, Video Editing Intern
Alexandra Chammah, Social Media Networking Intern
Elizabeth Flores, Intern (GGM Graduate 2011)
Beverly Baker, MBA, Strategic Development Consultant and Grant Research
Valerie Bisharat, Social Media Networking and Web Ops Intern Leah Luong, Office & Social Media Networking Intern Natasha Hemley, Office & Administration Intern
STAFF & VOLUNTEERS 2011
Carly Wasserman, Office & Production Manager
Mayly Tao, Social Media Networking Intern
Kate Mason, Photography and Web Ops Intern
Rocio Ortega, Media Training Intern (GGM Graduate 2010)
Thank you to all the many other volunteers and helpers who have so generously donated their time, hard work, goodwill and generous spirit to making GlobalGirl Media a reality!