Nancy farese, Chair

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.  


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 gives 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 25 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, 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. The founder of Affinity Labs, and Nautilus Ventures, Chris serves on the boards 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 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.


Ed kashi

Ed Kashi is an award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker dedicated to documenting the social and geopolitical issues defining our times. A member of VII Photo Agency, Ed’s work has been published and exhibited worldwide, and featured in nine 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 World Press Foundation, Pictures of the Year International, Communication Arts and American Photography.


Photos courtesy of Christopher Michel.