Richard Koci Hernandez

Richard Koci Hernandez 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 his work as executive producer 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 Lindsay is president of Fusion Venture Partners where he is a strategic advisor to business, government and nonprofit leaders around the world. He also is 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 Wright-Violich is the founder of Tideline, LLC., specializing in developing impact investment strategies, products and solutions. Kim was the CEO and 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.


Jim 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 was responsible for J.P. Morgan’s commercial banking relationships across much of Africa. An avid photographer and traveler, Jim has served on the board 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 four years, she was the curator of contemporary art at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) where she produced over twenty 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.

Lekgetho James Makola

Lekgetho James Makola is currently the head of the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg. 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. Lekgetho is an international Ford Foundation Fellow in Social Justice and a graduate of Howard University. He also is the co-founder of Kali TV, an independent, online media organization based in the US whose mission is to engage, inform and entertain viewers with news about Africans-in-the-Diaspora via images.

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 storytelling 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 the current director of communications and engagement at the World Press Photo Foundation. David holds a PhD in International Relations and recently taught “Media and War” as the A. Lindsay O'Connor Professor in Peace and Conflict Studies at Colgate University in New York. He filmed and produced "Home," a series of videos for the West End Refugee Service in Newcastle and produced Laygate Stories in collaboration with Peter Fryer. He has written for TIME Lightbox, 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, is an honorary fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and has served as chair of the international jury for World 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, amongst others. She is also at the origin of brand partnerships and crowdsourcing 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.


Arts education and social justice are at the heart of Lacy Austin’s career path. For over twenty five years, she has worked as an arts educator and program administrator in public schools, community centers, and cultural organizations across the United States. Lacy has been the director of Community Programs at the International Center of Photography in New York City for the past sixteen years, leading a department that serves over 10,000 students and teachers annually through onsite youth classes and museum education initiatives, as well as offsite through partnerships with schools and social service organizations in underserved communities. These programs aim to foster self and community empowerment through the interdisciplinary teaching of photography, critical thinking, writing, and public speaking­—storytelling toward impacting change. In addition to the CatchLight Advisory Council, Lacy is a member of the Board of Directors of AFRICA’SOUT! and the Photojournalism Advisory Council for The Alexia Foundation.


Brent Lewis is a Senior Photo Editor based out of Washington D.C. who is currently working at the Washington Post and is the co-founder of Diversify Photo. Brent was the former Senior Photo Editor of ESPN’s The Undefeated, where he drove the visual language of the website that is based around intersection of sports, race and culture. Before joining the Dark Side, he was a staff photojournalist at The Denver Post. Through the years his photos have been used by the Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, Associated Press, Forbes and Yahoo! News as well as in the RedEye, MetroMix and in the Chicago Reporter.


Chris Johnson is a photographic and video artist, curator and writer. He is currently a full Professor of Photography at the California College of the Arts. Chris Johnson studied photography with Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham and Wynn Bullock. His photographic artwork has been exhibited in gallery and museum shows including the Smithsonian Museum, and the Oakland Museum of California. His video projects have been installed in numerous museums and art institutions. He is the author of The Practical Zone System, currently in its 6th edition. Chris Johnson has served as Director or the Mother Jones International Fund for Documentary Photography, Chair of the City of Oakland’s Cultural Affairs Commission and as President of the Board of SF Camerawork Gallery. In 1996 he produced a one-hour video piece titled “Question Bridge” that investigates class issues within the black community. The current version of this project: Question Bridge:Black Males was produced with Hank Willis Thomas opened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 and at the Brooklyn and Oakland Museums. Question Bridge:Black Males won the 2015 International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award. In 2015 Aperture published Question Bridge: Black Males in America and it has been inducted into the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture

Teru Kuwayama

Teru Kuwayama is a photographer from New York. His work over the past decade has focused on Afghanistan, Pakistan and Kashmir. He was a 2009–2010 Knight Fellow at Stanford University, a 2010 TED Global Fellow and a 2010 Ochberg Fellow at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. He received a 2010 Knight News Challenge Award to launch Basetrack, an online social media project that chronicled the deployment of a US Marine battalion in Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011. He became a TED Senior Fellow in 2012 and currently works on the Community Team at Instagram.