Caitlin Boston is a UX researcher with extensive experience in digital strategy, branding, and campaign messaging. Her breadth of work includes brands and clients such as Nike, Jordan brand, the White House, Brown University, UPS, NYU, Cartoon Network, Google, and most recently, Etsy. Before working in tech, Caitlin spent six years working as a labor activist across the country for AFSCME, NYSNA, and the Freelancers Union. As a writer she’s been published by Racialicious and The Toast. In her free time, she makes illustrated gifs and rides her bike in a way that some people have described as “alarming.” Follow her on Twitter @caitlinMboston.
Melanie Breault is the Communications Associate at the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD), a membership organization of New York City non-profit neighborhood housing groups whose mission is to ensure flourishing neighborhoods and decent, affordable housing for all New Yorkers. Melanie is also the Web Editor and Social Media Specialist for Sandi Klein’s Conversations with Creative Women, a weekly podcast that captures the fire and energy, humor, heart, soul and impact of the female creative experience. In her free time, Melanie is involved with the Planners Network, an association of progressive urban planning. Her work has been published on sites such as TheNation.com, Mic.com, and Rewire, and she lives in Brooklyn with her dog, Clarkson and several other fellow WAM!ers. Follow her on Twitter @mbreaul1.
Renee Feltz is an award-winning journalist who regularly covers criminal justice and immigration for The Guardian, and as a correspondent for Democracy Now!, where she was a senior producer. Previously, she co-produced DeportationNation.org as a 2010 Soros Justice Fellow, and BusinessofDetention.com. She was a member of the The New York Times investigative unit behind a Pulitzer Prize-nominated series about the 2008 financial meltdown, and a multimedia producer for PBS Wide Angle, and their series Women, War and Peace. From 2002-2006, she honed her skills muckraking on deadline as news director for Pacifica radio station KPFT-FM in Houston, Texas, where she interviewed more than 20 men and women on death row, covered Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, and trained and managed hundreds of community reporters. Renee graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2008 with a focus on investigative reporting. She is also an adjunct lecturer in Broadcast Writing at CUNY-Brooklyn College, and has designed and taught curriculums in investigative techniques, radio and multimedia production, and journalism fundamentals.
Kamala Kelkar is a tenacious journalist who has traversed India, Alaska and both U.S. coasts during the last decade, reporting on stories that will break your heart and also inspire you. Her latest work as a reporter for PBS NewsHour Weekend’s digital team has connected slavery in the 1800s with the Electoral College system and explained how it developed into today’s forced prison labor industry. Before joining PBS, Kelkar covered everything from the bride trafficking trade in India to the dubious use of brain scans as arbiters in American death penalty cases. She has written and produced for The Guardian, Al Jazeera English, The Wall Street Journal, KQED, PRI’s The World, Vice and many other outlets. She received her bachelor’s in journalism from San Francisco State University, her master’s in science and public health reporting from Columbia University and has trained as a climate change reporter through Deutsche Welle in Chennai. Follow her on Twitter @kkelkar.
Agunda Okeyo is a writer, producer, filmmaker and activist born in Nairobi and raised between New York City and the Kenyan capital. She has called New York City home for more than 20 years and proudly considers herself a Pan-African New Yorker. Okeyo understands and writes from a global perspective about race, gender, politics, culture, film, and comedy. She is published with Salon, The Daily Beast, Indiewire’s Women and Hollywood blog, For Harriet, Urban Cusp, Okay Africa, NBC and Women’s Media Center (WMC) founded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem, among others. A panoramic awareness has shaped her professional experience with organizations such as Duara Foundation, Demos: A Network for Ideas and Action, Re:Gender and Cultural Survival. She is lauded for her ongoing production at Caroline’s on Broadway called Sisters of Comedy. It is the only all black women showcase at any of the top comedy clubs in NYC. She has also produced comedy shows at Ginny’s Supper Club and Gotham Comedy Club. In February 2016, Okeyo produced a benefit show to support an Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the U.S. Constitution to better assure gender equality. The star studded event was hosted by Jane Fonda and featured Gloria Steinem, Sarah Jones, Judah Friedlander, Wyatt Cenac and Sasheer Zamata. Okeyo has been featured as a rising producer and activist in Time Out New York, The New Yorker, Essence, The Root, Black Enterprise, The Hollywood Reporter, Forbes, NBC and The New York Times. In 2016 She was named a Progressive Women’s Voices fellow with Women’s Media Center.
Stephanie Russell-Kraft is a freelance reporter focused on the intersections of religion, culture, gender and the law, with bylines at The Atlantic, New York Magazine, The Hill, Rewire, Vice, AlterNet, Refinery 29, Fusion, Jezebel, and Religion Dispatches, among others. She became a full-time journalist after earning a master’s in cultural anthropology from Humboldt University in Berlin, cutting her teeth as a legal reporter for Law360. She’s also a French and German translator for various news sites, including The Huffington Post. Follow her on Twitter @srussellkraft.
Chevon Drew is a digital communications strategist and web TV correspondent who has advised the world’s largest brands on social content strategy. A veteran of the NYC tech startup community, she is a vocal advocate for diversity, and provides digital consulting to small businesses and solo entrepreneurs. Chevon manages the career of visual artist Michael “TTK” Harris, and speaks publicly about women, diversity, and authenticity. Tweet her @Chevon, or hire her for a project via chevonmedia.com
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