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Board of Directors

Phil Bronstein is executive chair of the board of The Center for Investigative Reporting. He was elected to the position in April 2012, when the organization merged with The Bay Citizen. He first joined the CIR board in 2006. Previously, Bronstein was editor-at-large and director of content development for Hearst Newspapers, executive vice president and editor-at-large of the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Chronicle’s editor from 2000 to 2008. He was editor of the San Francisco Examiner, which merged with the Chronicle in 2000, from 1991 to 2000. Bronstein started at the Examiner as a reporter in 1980. He specialized in investigative projects, was a foreign correspondent for eight years and became a 1986 Pulitzer Prize finalist for his work in the Philippines. Before joining the Examiner, Bronstein was a reporter with public television station KQED in San Francisco.

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 CIR’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.

Blye Faust is an Oscar-winning producer of “Spotlight” and was named as one of Variety’s 2015 10 Producers to Watch. Prior to forming the award-winning film and television production company Rocklin|Faust, she practiced as an attorney in the Century City, California, office of O’Melveny & Myers LLP and Santa Monica-based Alschuler Grossman Stein & Kahan LLP. She received her J.D. from UCLA and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in English from Santa Clara University. Faust is a member of the Producers Guild of America, the State Bar of California, the CreativeFuture Leadership Committee and the advisory committee for the Mill Valley Film Festival’s Mind the Gap initiative for gender equity in the film industry. A frequent corporate speaker and panelist at film festivals, conferences, events and universities, Faust remains a committed advocate for the power of storytelling.

William R. Hearst III is a celebrated editor, publisher, philanthropist and chairman of the board of Hearst Corp., one of the nation’s largest diversified media and information companies. Having been actively engaged in the charitable activities and programs of the Hearst Foundations for the last 20 years, Hearst also served for 10 years as editor and publisher of the San Francisco Examiner, where he began as a reporter and assistant editor in 1972. He also held positions at Outside magazine and at the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. Hearst serves on the boards of numerous other organizations, including the Carnegie Institution for Science and San Francisco Film Society, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of 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 is senior vice president for original content, newsgathering and digital media at ESPN, a position that places him in direct oversight of its entire portfolio of newsgathering and storytelling assets across television, digital and print. King also directs ESPN’s editorial board, a cross-platform body of content leaders that sets the tone and direction of coverage and standards. Additionally, King leads the editorial direction of the ESPN app, the company’s most important new initiative and future gateway to a growing array of free, subscription-based and direct-to-consumer content. In 2014, Fast Company named him to its Most Creative People in Business list. King began his career in the newspaper business 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.

Tom Lockard is co-founder of 280 Securities, a fixed-income broker-dealer and technology company focused on bond price transparency. He also serves as an independent investor representative for Fundrise Advisors. For 30 years, he worked as a public finance investment banker at San Francisco-based Stone & Youngberg. Lockard has served as a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Stanford University Associate and a member of the Stanford Alumni Real Estate Council. He is a board member of the Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club in San Francisco. Lockard earned a bachelor’s degree from Stanford and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Jonathan Logan is board chairman and CEO of the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation. He also is a board member of Frame of Mind Films, an advisory board member of the Ernest C. Withers Collection and an ex officio member of the advisory board of the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Previously, Logan was the board chairman of the Center for AIDS Services and was a founder of The AIDS Consortium and of Our Family Coalition. He volunteers with Not In Our Town, COLAGE, Futures Without Violence and the Berkeley Unified School District.

Justin Nyweide is a managing director at HMI Capital, where he also is a member of the investment committee. Prior to that, he was a principal at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., where he was the lead analyst responsible for investments in the consumer, food, gaming and energy sectors at KKR’s $12 billion-plus multistrategy credit fund. Nyweide also has worked at GTCR Golder Rauner, a private equity firm, where he focused on investments in the software, information technology and business services sectors. He received a bachelor’s degree with honors from Harvard College.

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 Splendora.com 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.

Dawn Porter is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on HBO, PBS, the Discovery Channel and Netflix, among others. Her most recent work is a four-part, archive-based documentary, “Bobby Kennedy for President,” which airs on Netflix in 2018. Her film “Trapped,” exploring laws regulating abortion clinics in the South, won a special jury social impact prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, as well as a Peabody Award, among numerous others. Porter’s 2013 documentary “Gideon’s Army” premiered on HBO; “Spies of Mississippi,” a critically acclaimed historical documentary, was part of “Independent Lens” on PBS; and “Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper,” a film for the Discovery Channel, chronicles then-President Barack Obama’s program to help young men of color succeed. Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Porter practiced law at BakerHostetler in Washington, D.C., and before that was director of standards and practices at ABC News and vice president of standards and practices at A&E Television Networks. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and the Directors Guild of America.

Robert J. Rosenthal is a consulting executive producer at The Center for Investigative Reporting. He joined CIR 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 served as president and COO of Common Sense Media Inc. until 2011. She is a media consultant for startup internet companies, advising on financing strategies and business plans. Sachs worked for 17 years at Time Warner Inc., during which time she held various finance, advertising and publishing positions worldwide, as well as senior positions with publications such as Sports Illustrated Kids and Fortune. She is a graduate of Lehigh University and the Columbia Business School.

Gabriel Stricker is vice president of communications at Niantic Inc., which focuses on creating augmented reality games that encourage outdoor activity and exploration. Previously, he served as the vice president of policy and communications at Google Fiber, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. Before that, Stricker served as the chief communications officer of Twitter, where he led its public policy and media relations functions. He began his career in the electoral arena, having played a key role on campaigns for political and governmental clients around the world. He is the author of the best-selling book on guerrilla marketing, “Mao in the Boardroom.” Stricker received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University. He serves on the board of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and has served on CIR’s board since 2011.

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 March 2020.