Staff Profiles

Yvette Alberdingk Thijm, Executive Director,

Yvette envisions a citizen-driven human rights movement that effectively utilizes media and technology. She envisions WITNESS as a human rights...

Raja Althaibani, Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator,

Raja currently works to ensure that video is used effectively to take advantage of the critical moment of transition in the region and to ensure innovative learning is shared and built upon. Most...

Lessie Askew, Human Resources Manager,

Lessie oversees all aspects of human resources at WITNESS. She has worked in a spectrum of nonprofit and NGO’s for over seven years. She earned a dual MBA at Zicklin School of Business,...

Hannah Ayers, Creative Projects Associate,

Hannah joined WITNESS in 2012 and assists in planning special events, communicating WITNESS' story, and producing videos as the Creative Projects Associate. She has previously worked or...

Madeleine Bair, Human Rights Channel Curator,

Madeleine curates the Human Rights Channel, our collaboration with Storyful on YouTube. Madeleine has been carrying a microphone in...

Miyoko Brunner, External Relations Senior Coordinator,

Miyoko Brunner graduated with a BA in Economics from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Prior to WITNESS, Miyoko has worked on fundraising and development projects with the Women's...

Matisse Bustos Hawkes, Senior Communications Manager,

Matisse joined WITNESS in 2003 and provides creative and strategic leadership on digital communications for the organization. Prior to WITNESS she spent two years at...

Michael Cervieri, Digital Lead,

Michael joined WITNESS in Spring 2013 and focuses on digital, content and social media strategies in order to expand upon online and offline networks through which WITNESS can distribute its...

Claire Davis, Senior Finance Manager,

Claire Davis has over 15 years of nonprofit financial management experience, including nine years at the Edward W. Hazen Foundation, which funds grassroots-led education reform, and four years at...

Sara Federlein, Associate Director, Foundations,

Sara has sixteen years experience in nonprofit development, administration, planning and outreach together with a strong interest in the intersection of social issues and visual media. She...

Sam Gregory, Program Director,

Sam is an internationally recognized human rights advocate, trainer and video producer who helps people use the power of the moving image and participatory technologies to create human rights...

Morgan Hargrave, Systems Change Coordinator,

Morgan is a part of WITNESS's Systems Change work, a set of big-picture tools and advocacy that aims to help tailor the digital landscape to fit the needs of journalists, activists, and human...

Tanya Karanasios, Deputy Program Director,

Tanya joined WITNESS after serving eight years as the Program Director of the Coalition for the International Court. In 1995, she worked to help establish the International Criminal Court (ICC) at...

Ryan Kautz, Video Editor & Producer,

Ryan Kautz has worked at WITNESS since 2004. He has conducted production and editing trainings in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North America. He has edited several WITNESS...

Stacy Raye Kellogg, External Relations Manager,

Stacy joined WITNESS in November 2013 as External Relations Manager. Prior to WITNESS, Stacy worked at Jewish Vocational Service, a San Francisco-based workforce development nonprofit that helps...

Sarah Kerr, Program Assistant,

Sarah Kerr provides programmatic and logistical support for the program team at WITNESS. Before coming to WITNESS, Sarah worked on the Obama campaign in Chicago and Iowa and spent time in Tunisia...

Grace Lile, Director of Operations and Archives,

Grace is an archivist with over 20 years experience working with film and video collections, and expertise in digital asset management, preservation-oriented production, and documentary film....

Kelly Matheson, Senior Program Manager,

Kelly Matheson is an attorney, filmmaker and human rights advocate who previously worked with WITNESS to launch the first Video Advocacy Institute. As an attorney, she worked as a Law Fellow in...

M.J. Moneymaker, Digital Engagement Coordinator,

M.J. Moneymaker has a MFA in Creative Writing and a BA in TV/Film production. In the 9 years as a freelancer, she's worked on projects as a screenwriter, web designer, digital video producer,...

Priscila Neri, Senior Program Manager,

Priscila Néri, is a Brazilian journalist, activist, and documentary filmmaker who joined WITNESS in 2008 to help run the Hub and support WITNESS' campaigns online. She is currently...

Yvonne Ng, Archivist,

Yvonne supports all activities of the Media Archive and blogs frequently about issues facing human rights archivists. She has worked with audiovisual collections at the New York Public Library,...

Lisa Robinson, Foundations Coordinator,

Focusing on institutional philanthropy and communications, Lisa joined the WITNESS External Relations team in 2011. She has extensive experience working with documentary filmmakers, emphasizing...

Hyunseok Seo, Finance Coordinator,

Seo supports the organization’s programs and operations as well as conducts general accounting works and preparations for the Annual Audit. He was born and raised in South Korea and earned...

Christopher Sfetsios, Office Coordinator,

Chris joined WITNESS in 2013, where he coordinates the day-to-day operations of the office, while also managing WITNESS' internship program. He holds a BA in international relations from the...

Greg Stamper, IT Manager,

Greg Stamper has over 13 years of experience in IT, Desktop Support, Mac Engineering and Administration. During his career he has worked with some of the nation's top publishers including Cond...

Martin Tzanev, Post-production & Media Management Coordinator,

Martin Tzanev is a video professional with skills spanning production, post-production, media management and archiving. Since 2007 he has acted as assistant editor for WITNESS'...

Bukeni Tete Waruzi, Senior Program Manager Africa & the Middle East,

Bukeni T. Waruzi, is the WITNESS Senior Program Manager for Africa and the Middle East and the Lead of WITNESS Global Campaign on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence where he specifically supports...

Jackie Zammuto, Engagement Coordinator,

Jackie Zammuto coordinates the development and distribution of WITNESS' video advocacy training resources and online platforms. Before coming to WITNESS she spent five years as a Producer...

Alexandra Zaretsky, External Relations Assistant,

Alexandra joined WITNESS in Fall 2013. She supports the External Relations team with a variety of administrative, writing, and research-based tasks. Alexandra graduated from Northwestern...