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

Pei Ketron, Everyday Bay Area Program Manager
Pei is a photographer, educator, speaker and traveler based in San Francisco. Pei taught special education for a decade in the public school system, and now teaches photography classes privately and through companies such as Creative Live, the Image Flow and the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, in addition to collaborating with a number of other clients.

Sydney Levine, CatchLight Intern
Sydney studies Gender and Feminist Studies at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, and will graduate in Spring 2018. She has worked with a number of advocacy organizations, including Human Rights Watch, doing research in their Cyber Security division; The Fabric Social, creating the company's social impact strategy; collaborated with the Africa Food and Peace Foundation and Uganda Rural Development Training program for girls' education and worked as a student-teacher in the Haifa Shelter for Battered Women in Haifa, Israel.



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

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.

Amy Yenkin
Amy Yenkin is an independent producer and editor. She is a recognized expert in the field of social issue documentary photography, with an emphasis on the use of arts for social change, philanthropy, non-profit management and strategic planning. Amy worked for two decades at the Open Society Foundations in New York City where she held the positions of deputy director of scholarships, associate director of the Open Media Research Institute in Prague, associate director of US Programs, director of the Moving Walls exhibition, and director of the Documentary Photography Project, a program she founded. Amy also has experience with issues of immigration, reproductive rights, and Jewish education.

Lekgetho James Makola
Lekgetho has a fine art degree from Durban University of Technology in South Africa, where he was born and raised. He has worked in museums and galleries for over a decade and oversaw heritage conservation and research at the Robben Island Museum, a world heritage site that included the critical anti-apartheid photography collection at the Mayibuye Archives. He is an international Ford Foundation Fellow in Social Justice and a graduate of Howard University. He is the co-founder of Kali TV, an independent, online media organization based in the United States whose mission is to engage, inform and entertain viewers with news about Africans-in-the-Diaspora via images. He is currently the head of the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg.

Ellen Schneider
Ellen Schneider is a leader in social justice media strategies. She currently leads Active Voice Lab, which helps funders, media makers, advocates and other leaders use story skillfully to advance social change. In 2001, with support from MacArthur and Ford Foundations, she founded Active Voice, one of the first teams to leverage story-based media to put human faces on complex social and policy issues. Ellen was formerly the executive producer of the PBS’ documentary series, P.O.V., and in Hollywood, she worked in development and production on cause-oriented movies.

David Campbell
David Campbell is a writer, professor and producer and current Director of Communications and Engagement at the World Press Photo Foundation, based in Amsterdam. David began his career as a press secretary and speech writer before completing a PhD in International Relations. Recently he has been the A. Lindsay O'Connor Professor in Peace and Conflict Studies at Colgate University in New York, lectured on the MA International Multimedia Journalism at Beijing Foreign Studies University, filmed and produced "Home," a series of videos for the West End Refugee Service in Newcastle, produced Laygate Stories in collaboration with Peter Fryer, written for TIME Lightbox among other photography publications, co-hosted and produced the Multimedia Week podcast and served as the Secretary to the World Press Photo General Jury for the 2014 and 2015 contests.

Shahidul Alam
Shahidul Alam is a photographer, writer, curator, professor and activist whose work focuses on issues of social justice. Before switching to photography, Shahidul earned a PhD in chemistry. He went on to found the Drik and Majority World agencies, The Pathshala School and the Chobi Mela Festival. A former president of the Bangladesh Photographic Society, Shahidul's work has been shown at the MOMA, Centre Georges Pompidou and the Tate Modern. He has spoken Harvard, Stanford, Cambridge and Oxford universities and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, and has sat as chair of the international jury forWorld Press Photo.

Elodie Mailliet Storm
Elodie Mailliet Storm is Senior Director of Content Strategy and Innovation at Getty Images based in the Bay Area. In 2016, Elodie was named a JSK fellow in media innovation at Stanford University where she researched the monetization of photography in the age of social and search. Prior to this, she led content Partnerships and Business Development at Getty Images, where she oversaw content acquisition, strategy and partnerships with over 300 large media companies globally such as Vice, Conde Nast, National Geographic and others. She is also at the origin of brand partnerships and crowd sourcing initiatives such as the Getty Images Instagram grant.  She has been on the board of award-winning documentary production company MediaStorm since the company's inception in 2005, and is now also on the board of United Photo Industries, a non-for-profit creating large scale photography exhibitions like Photoville in NYC.