At CatchLight, now more than ever, we believe in the power of art to change the world.
We are a photography organization that celebrates and amplifies excellence and innovation in visual storytelling. We engage with a global community of creative thought leaders and change makers, who are committed to measureable social impact. Born out of PhotoPhilanthropy, CatchLight shares the quest for bold ideas and approaches with some of the most future-forward and well-known organizations we are proud to call our friends, our partners and our community. 



Nancy Richards Farese, Founder and Executive Director
Nancy is a social entrepreneur, a social documentary photographer and philanthropist living in San Francisco and Boston. In 2009, Nancy founded PhotoPhilanthropy, and today serves as Executive Director and Board Chair of CatchLight. Nancy lectures, teaches and  blogs on the use of photography as a social tool. She currently serves on the board of Southwire Company in Carrollton, Ga, and KQED Public Media in San Francisco. Nancy is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and The Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  

Sahara Borja, Program Manager
Sahara studied photojournalism at the International Center of Photography and recently returned from a Fulbright research grant in Colombia. Sahara comes to CatchLight after several years as an associate editor and contributing photo editor with a number of online outlets. sahara[at]catchlight.io



Deirdre Atkin Hockett served as Partner and Managing Director at Laurel Management (Hall Capital Partners), and prior to that, as Vice President of Private Client Services and of Corporate Finance for JP Morgan & Company. She currently dedicates her time to community-based organizations that advance education, serving as a Board Member for Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, The Little School (San Francisco), San Francisco School Volunteers, and Children’s Garden (San Rafael).

Stephen Mayes is Executive Director of the Tim Hetherington Trust, bringing twenty-five years of experience in the areas of journalism, art, commercial and fashion, most recently as CEO of VII photo agency. He was SVP at Getty Images overseeing the content strategy and later SVP at eyestorm.com, representing high-end artists in the consumer market. Stephen also worked with Art and Commerce as Director of Image Archive.

Christopher Michel is a photographer, investor, and entrepreneur. Chris is the founder of Affinity Labs, Military.com and Nautilus Ventures, and serves on the Board of 3D Robotics, Kixeye, Dale Carnegie, and Tugboat Yards. Chris holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, serves as a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and holds an honorary doctorate from Tiffin University.

Robert J. Rosenthal is Executive Director of The Center for Investigative Reporting. An award-winning journalist, Robert has worked for The New York Times, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer and, most recently, the San Francisco Chronicle, where he served as Managing Editor. His awards include the Overseas Press Club Award, the Sigma Delta Chi Award for distinguished foreign correspondence, and the National Association of Black Journalists Award for Third World Reporting. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in international reporting, a four time Pulitzer judge, and has taught at Columbia University and Cal Berkeley Graduate Schools of Journalism.

Mike Ramsay
Mike is Co-founder and former CEO of TiVo. He was Senior VP at Silicon Graphics managing the media technology venture Silicon Studio. He has served as a Director of Netflix, Lytro, loopt, Rapid Mobile, Fanhattan, Conviva and KQED Public Media. Mike was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineers: Sir Frank Whittle medal for his work at TiVo and is a member of the Consumer Electronics Association Hall of Fame.


Advisory Council

Ed Kashi, Award-winning Photojournalist and Member of VII Photo Agency
Ed is a photojournalist dedicated to documenting the social and political issues defining our times. His work has been exhibited worldwide and has generated seven books. Ed is also an educator, mentoring photography students and lecturing on photojournalism and multimedia storytelling. Ed’s awards include UNICEF’s Photo of the Year, a Prix Pictet Commission, and honors from Pictures of the Year International, Communication Arts and American Photography.

Richard Koci Hernandez, Emmy Award-winning Video and Multimedia Producer
Koci has been a photojournalist at the San Jose Mercury News for 15 years. His work has appeared in Time, Wired, The New York Times, a National Geographic book and elsewhere. In 2008, Richard received a national Emmy in the New Approaches to Documentary category for Executive Producer work on the Mercury News video Uprooted. Koci is currently an Assistant Professor for New Media at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley.

Stace Lindsay
Stace is president of Fusion Venture Partners where he is a strategic advisor to business, government and nonprofit leaders around the world. He is also a Senior Moderator for the Aspen Global Leadership Initiative focused on the Middle East and Central America and Chairman of the Board of Global Citizen Year. He has worked and lived abroad extensively and has at various points in his career been an entrepreneur, investor, university professor and author

Chris Rainier, National Geographic Society Fellow, Documentarian of Endangered Cultures and Traditional Language Loss
Chris has collaborated with The United Nations, UNESCO, Amnesty International, Conservation International, Smithsonian Institution, Time Magazine, The New York Times, and the National Geographic Society. Chris co-founded the Enduring Voices Language Preservation Project and the All Roads Photography Program and lectures on the use of modern technology to preserve ancient cultural stories and language. He received the Lowell Thomas Award of the Explorer’s Club in 2002 and he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society of London.

Kim Wright-Violich
Kim is the founder of Tideline, LLC., specializing in developing impact investment strategies, products, and solutions. Kim was the CEO/President of Schwab Charitable for over a decade, and in 2009 was named by Wealth Management as “one of the 50 most influential women in the US in wealth management.” Kim lectures at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business on impact investing and strategic philanthropy.

James M. Waterbury
James is Vice President and Senior Counsel of General Electric Company, leading GE's Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) legal team that is responsible for executing major acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures globally. Before joining GE, Jim was a corporate lawyer practicing with Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and Paris. Prior to law school at Georgetown, he worked for J.P. Morgan, with responsibility for commercial banking relationships across much of Africa. Jim is an avid photographer who has traveled extensively in all seven continents and has served on the boards of Make-a-Wish Foundation (Georgia), and most recently as President of the St. Paul’s School Board of Trustees in Concord, NH.

Cora Fisher
Cora Fisher is an independent curator and arts writer based in New York City. For the last four years she was the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) where she produced over twenty solo and group exhibitions, including Dispatches, an exhibition generating artistic responses to the news by 28 contemporary artists, photojournalists, and new media practitioners. She holds a BFA from The Cooper Union School of Art and an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.