Suzette Clarke is a public relations and communications consultant to CEOs and boards of directors and an angel and venture capital investor. From 1996 to 2003, she was Hewlett-Packard Co.’s vice president of global communications, with responsibility for its worldwide public relations. Prior to that, Clarke was an independent producer in television and documentary for Wired, BBC, PBS and Channel Four Films. In addition to serving on Reveal’s board, she is president of the board of directors of Slide Ranch, a nonprofit teaching farm. Clarke is a graduate of the University of Leeds and holds a master’s degree in economics from The London School of Economics and Political Science.

Susan Mayer Hirsch is CEO of Hirsch & Associates, which works with families, foundations and corporations with the will and means to tackle complex civic challenges, from economic equity and social justice to educational and recreational access. Her knowledge of community needs, public policy and private philanthropy comes from her leadership as founding executive director of the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund; Bay Area executive director of Strive for Five, a national campaign to promote community volunteerism and charitable giving; and manager of public affairs for McKesson Corp. Hirsch is a member of numerous philanthropic associations and serves on the advisory committee of the University of California, San Francisco’s Memory and Aging Center and on the board of Education Outside. She received her bachelor’s degree in international economics from The George Washington University.

Robert King, (on leave of absence from the board) was senior vice president and editor-at-large of ESPN Content. In that role, King helped define the content division’s journalistic direction and develop special companywide content projects. He also was an adviser to ESPN’s leadership team on complex editorial issues internally and externally, while ensuring ESPN’s commitment to journalistic excellence remains at the highest level. Previously, King was senior vice president of original content, focusing globally on all of ESPN’s award-winning long-form storytelling and enterprise journalism, with a goal of maximizing the quality and impact of the content. In 2014, Fast Company named him to its Most Creative People in Business list. King began his career in the newspaper industry at the Courier-Post in New Jersey, eventually moving to The Philadelphia Inquirer, where in time he became the deputy managing editor. A past Pulitzer Prize judge, King is a member of The Associated Press board of directors, the National Sports Journalism Center’s advisory board and the Poynter Institute’s National Advisory Board, for which he serves as chairman.

Jonathan Logan Jonathan Logan has been a board member for The Center for Investigative Reporting for more than a decade. The Logan family provided substantial funding to launch the Reveal podcast. He is the founder and CEO of the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation, which supports investigative journalism, documentary film, arts and culture, and democracy. The foundation’s impactful investigative journalism grantees include the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, ProPublica, FRONTLINE, The Marshall Project and the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley. The foundation also proudly supports and has helped catalyze the Logan Center for Urban Investigative Reporting at Temple University, the Black Press Archives digitization project at Howard University and the Logan Nonfiction Program, which empowers multimedia creators of long-form nonfiction. A longtime resident of Berkeley, California, Logan is also on the board of the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Omar Alam is Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Salesforce, where he leads the M&A Legal team. In this role, he serves as a trusted advisor and business partner to Salesforce’s global M&A program and Salesforce Ventures, the company’s in-house venture capital arm. He also serves on the Salesforce Legal and Corporate Affairs DEI Committee. Prior to Salesforce, Omar practiced corporate law at WSGR in the Bay Area, representing innovative technology companies throughout their business life cycles. Omar began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Virginia Kendall on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. While in law school, he co-founded a short-lived medical device company; prior to law school, he worked as a correspondent at the UN Chronicle in New York and then at a healthcare nonprofit. Omar loves long-form journalism, finding ways to integrate technology into legal processes, being intentional about DEI, building teams and supporting underrepresented founders and stakeholders in the startup and venture capital ecosystem. Omar holds a J.D. from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and an A.B. from Bowdoin College in Government and History.

Gina Pell is an award-winning creative director and tech entrepreneur. She is currently content chief of The What, a fast-growing email newsletter with five eclectic, curious things you should know about every week – from books to health, life, style, travel and tech. In 2016, she coined the term “perennials” to describe ever-blooming people of all ages who continue to push up against their growing edge, always relevant and not defined by their generation. Pell founded in 1999, a style and culture innovator in the online fashion space, which was acquired by Joyus in 2011. Pell served as chief creative officer of Joyus until 2013. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley before completing the painting and printmaking program at Università Internazionale dell’Arte in Venice, Italy, in 1997.

Ashok Ramani is a partner with Davis Polk, where he heads the firm’s IP Litigation practice. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, he focuses his practice on patent and trade-secret litigation and investigations. Leading publications, including Chambers and the Daily Journal, have repeatedly recognized Mr. Ramani as among the country’s best IP trial lawyers. Mr. Ramani is active in his community, serving on the board of Bay Legal and having previously served as the board chair of Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus. Mr. Ramani graduated with high honors in Economics from UC Berkeley before earning his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School. He clerked for the Honorable Henry Kennedy, Jr. on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Robert J. Rosenthal joined Reveal as executive director in 2008, a position he held until 2017. Rosenthal worked for 22 years at The Philadelphia Inquirer, starting as a reporter and becoming its executive editor in 1998. He became managing editor of the San Francisco Chronicle in 2002. Before joining the Inquirer in 1979, Rosenthal worked as a reporter for The Boston Globe and The New York Times, where he was a news assistant on the foreign desk and an editorial assistant on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Pentagon Papers project. As a reporter, Rosenthal won numerous awards, including the Overseas Press Club Award for magazine writing, the Sigma Delta Chi Award for distinguished foreign correspondence and the National Association of Black Journalists Award for Third World Reporting. Rosenthal was a Pulitzer Prize judge four times and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in international reporting.

Susan Sachs, interim chair of the board, has more than 35 years of executive media experience in magazines, books and the internet. As a media consultant in the ’90s, she advised startup internet companies on financing strategies and business plans. In 2004, she joined Common Sense Media as the founding COO and returned for a stint as president in 2010. Prior to that, Sachs worked for 17 years at Time Warner Inc., where she held various finance, advertising and publishing positions worldwide. She has served on the Common Sense Media board of directors since 2007 and is currently its chair. Sachs is a graduate of Lehigh University and the Columbia Business School.

Gabriel Stricker has served on The Center for Investigative Reporting’s board since 2011 and is an adviser to Color Health. Previously, he served as chief communications officer at Color Health, chief communications officer at Emerson Collective, vice president of policy and communications at Google Fiber, vice president of communications at Niantic and chief communications officer at Twitter. He also served on the board of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and was an adviser to Virta Health.

Stricker  is the author of “Mao in the Boardroom,” a bestselling book on guerrilla marketing published by St. Martin’s Press. He received his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and his master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University.

Advisory Board

Nicole Wong

Nicole Wong specializes in assisting high-growth technology companies develop international privacy, content and regulatory strategies. She previously served as deputy U.S. chief technology officer in the Obama administration, focused on internet, privacy and innovation policy. Prior to her time in government, Wong was Google’s vice president and deputy general counsel and Twitter’s legal director for products. She frequently speaks on issues related to law and technology, including five appearances before Congress. She is the board chair of Friends of Global Voices, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting citizen and online media projects globally. She also sits on the boards of Witness, an organization supporting the use of video to advance human rights; the Mozilla Foundation, which promotes the open internet; and The Markup, a nonprofit investigative news organization covering technology. Wong currently serves as co-chair of the Digital Freedom Forum and as an adviser to New York University’s AI Now Institute, the Alliance for Securing Democracy and others. 

Danielle Citron is a professor at Boston University School of Law, where she teaches and writes about privacy, free speech and civil procedure. Her book “Hate Crimes in Cyberspace” was named among the “20 Best Moments for Women in 2014” by Cosmopolitan magazine. A 2019 MacArthur Fellow, Citron’s scholarship has appeared in many academic journals and other publications, such as The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, Time, CNN, and The Guardian. Citron is vice president of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, a nonprofit devoted to the protection of civil rights and liberties. She serves on the boards of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Future of Privacy Forum and on the advisory boards of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center for Technology and Society and TeachPrivacy. She serves on special task forces for Twitter and Facebook. She is an affiliate scholar for projects at Stanford, Yale and New York University. Citron works closely with lawmakers and has testified before the House Intelligence Committee. She has been a visiting professor at the Fordham University and George Washington University law schools. 

Rashida Richardson

Rashida Richardson is director of policy research at New York University’s AI Now Institute, where she designs, implements and coordinates AI Now’s research strategy and initiatives on law, policy and civil rights. She previously worked as legislative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union of New York, where she led the organization’s work on privacy, technology, surveillance and education issues. Prior to the NYCLU, she was a staff attorney at The Center for HIV Law and Policy, where she worked on a range of HIV-related legal and policy issues nationally, and worked at Facebook and HIP Investor in San Francisco. Richardson serves on the board of trustees of Wesleyan University, the advisory board of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at the Northeastern University School of Law, and the board of directors of the College & Community Fellowship, and she is an affiliate and advisory board member of the Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies. She received her bachelor’s degree with honors at Wesleyan University and her law degree from the Northeastern University School of Law.

Hany Farid is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley with a joint appointment in electrical engineering and computer science and the School of Information. His research focuses on digital forensics, image analysis and human perception. He received his undergraduate degree in computer science and applied mathematics from the University of Rochester, his master’s degree in computer science from the State University of New York at Albany and his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania. Following a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in brain and cognitive sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he joined the faculty at Dartmouth College in 1999, where he remained until 2019. He is the recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., a partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, is global co-chair of the firm’s litigation group and previously led the firm’s appellate, crisis management, transnational litigation and media groups. He also is a member of the firm’s executive and management committees. Recognized as a tireless advocate and leader for high-stakes and high-profile cases, Boutrous was named 2019 litigator of the year, grand prize winner by The American Lawyer magazine. The magazine also named the firm’s litigation department winner of the biennial litigation department of the year competition, the only firm to have won four of the past six competitions. As The New York Times has noted, Boutrous has “a long history of pushing the courts and the public to see the bigger picture on heated issues.” He has represented clients in federal and state appellate courts throughout the nation on a wide spectrum of cases. He has argued more than 100 appeals, including before the U.S. Supreme Court, 12 federal circuit courts of appeals, nine state supreme courts, and a multitude of other appellate and trial courts in complex civil, constitutional and criminal matters.

Matt Bailey is a recognized global leader in civic technology, participatory democracy and open government. He currently serves as PEN America’s digital freedom program director. Previously, he was senior adviser for democratic innovation and technology at the National Democratic Institute, a nonpartisan nongovernmental organization that supports democracy worldwide, and worked in the Office of the U.S. Chief Information Officer under two presidents. He launched the first U.S. executive branch-wide open source and legislative data initiatives and led its participation in the Open Government Partnership. He also served as the first director of technology innovation in Washington and was an early employee at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and a founder of Code for DC.

Dave Pell writes NextDraft, a rundown of the day’s most fascinating news. Each morning, he visits about 50 news sites and plucks the top 10 most fascinating items of the day, which are delivered with a fast, pithy wit. His writing has been syndicated on NPR, Time, Wired and Forbes, among others. Pell also has been investing in and advising internet startups for more than two decades. Past investments include Grubhub, HotelTonight and OpenTable. He lives in Sausalito, California, with CIR board member Gina Pell and was the standout star of the renowned podcast, “What Hurts,” produced with CIR Executive Chairman Phil Bronstein.

Roy Bahat is the head of Bloomberg Beta, a venture fund backed by Bloomberg LP, which invests in companies t hat make business work better – including media companies. He also teaches media courses at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Bahat co-founded hardware company Ouya and for five years led News Corp.’s IGN Entertainment, an online media company. Fast Company named Bahat to its 2014 Most Creative People in Business list. In 2019, California Gov. Gavin Newsom named Bahat to the state’s Future of Work Commission. He is a graduate of Harvard College and was a Rhodes scholar at the University of Oxford.

Last updated May 2021.