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Nicco Mele is currently the director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He previously served as a fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy and as the senior vice president and deputy publisher of the Los Angeles Times. There he focused on product, content, revenue, and audience development for all the Los Angeles Times Media Group's brands, including growing existing digital products and services, identifying possible acquisitions, developing new business opportunities, and launching new products.
For the last six years, Nicco has served on the faculty of the Harvard Kennedy School, teaching graduate-level classes on the internet and politics. Nicco has a history as an entrepreneur with technology start-ups, including Plympton (a publishing start-up), UMS (mobile), Cignify (data analytics), and iDiet (health care). He advises several start-ups, including Blueprint Robotics and Good Labs. Nicco co-founded Echo & Co., a digital consulting firm with offices in Boston, Detroit, and Washington, D.C. Echo & Co. aids clients who are facing, and being overtaken by, overwhelming technological and social change.
In 2004, Nicco served as webmaster to the presidential campaign of Democratic candidate Howard Dean.
Kristen Go was most recently the managing editor of digital at the San Francisco Chronicle, where she launched and ran the Chronicle's Incubator, a program that provided digital and social media training to the staff. She oversaw several multi-platform reporting projects that earned the Chronicle acclaim, including Even Odds, which looked at Oakland's efforts to help young African-Americans succeed in school. That project was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography. She also managed the newspaper's first feature-length documentary, Last Men Standing, that was shown at the 2016 International AIDS Conference.
During her time at the Chronicle, Go was an assistant metro editor supervising coverage of San Francisco City Hall, development issues, the environment, and the East Bay. Prior to joining the Chronicle, Kristen worked at the Arizona Republic, and before then she was part of the team that won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news at the Denver Post.
Her work as a reporter and an editor has been honored by the Associated Press, the Education Writers Association, the California Newspaper Publishers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Arizona Press Club, and Gannett.
Jaime-Alexis Fowler is a nonprofit leader experienced in building collaborative, high-performing teams. She joined Common Sense News from Code for America, where she launched and led an agile team focused on growing the network of local governments and technologists helping make government work in the 21st century. Prior to Code for America, Jaime-Alexis served as deputy director at Exhale, overseeing organizational operations, programs, fundraising, and strategy. At Exhale, she managed a growing team and prepared the post-abortion counseling organization to "go big" -- expanding their program reach through a book and film launch, along with a TED talk. Jaime-Alexis spent six years developing and growing communications, public relations, and online fundraising at Pathfinder International, a $100M sexual and reproductive health nonprofit that works in more than 20 countries.
Her work has been honored by the Convio Innovator Awards for best online fundraising, and a short video she created won the DoGooder Funny for Good award. After being honored as a fellow in the inaugural New Leaders Council Boston cohort, she joined New Leaders Council's executive team as their director of digital strategy and, later, as co-director of communications (as a volunteer), expanding their network of young, progressive leaders across the United States.
Garrett joins Common Sense News from the Los Angeles Times, where he was a reporter for the past decade, focusing on stories about children and families living on the margins. He also completed assignments for the Times in Iraq following the fall of Saddam Hussein and Egypt during the Arab Spring. Prior to the Times, he worked for the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times), the Tampa Tribune, the (Allentown, Pennsylvania) Morning Call, and the Associated Press. He received the Los Angeles Times' award for best explanatory reporting, the Price Child Health and Welfare Journalism Prize three times, and other awards. He is a graduate of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.