Reclaim the Media Board

Garlin Gilchrist II is the Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change, where his task is building a base of online supporters that will advocate for public policies that are in the best interests of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, and reflect strong community values in ways that ensure that their authentic voices are heard, amplified, and respected. In 2008, Gilchrist served as the Social Media Manager for the Barack Obama campaign in Washington State. He co-founded the blog "The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level," writes for the Brave New Films blog, and co-founded blacknetaction, a strategic collective of Black bloggers and online activists who coordinate web-based campaigns across the country. He is a new media trainer with the New Organizing Institute, and a Fellow and Senior Policy Analyst for Technology with the Northwest Progressive Institute. He has served on YES! Magazine's Communication Advisory Board and the advisory board for Seattle MESA. He has degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, and worked for 4 years as a Software Performance Engineer in Microsoft's SharePoint group.

Susan Gleason is Media and Outreach Manager for YES! Magazine. Susan co-founded the nonprofit Earth on the Air Radio Works, producers of the award-winning, nationally-syndicated Earth on the Air radio magazine, where she served as radio trainer for grassroots journalists. She was board chair at WMPG (Portland, ME), and produced features for the award-winning public affairs program Big Talk. In 2000 she also co-founded the community web/radio station Voice of Vashon.

Daniel Hannah is a Property Manager with the Seattle Housing Authority. He supervises RTM's media literacy education programs. Daniel is past board chair of SCAN Community Television. He is also a co-founder of the Seattle Independent Media Center.

Jonathan Lawson has helped Reclaim the Media play a catalytic role in the growth of a national movement focused on media justice and democratizing media policy. Jonathan spent six years developing online communications and strategic campaigns for labor unions including CWA, AFSCME and SEIU. He sits on the advisory board for the Consumers Union's Hear Us Now project, and is a past board member of the Washington News Council. He is a four-year veteran of the Independent Media Center (Indymedia) movement, and has been involved with producing community radio since 1986. His articles on media issues have appeared in numerous publications. Jonathan has a Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard University.

Jan Strout teaches in the Honors Program at Montana State University in Bozeman, where she brings issues of media justice and representation to the curriculum. Also in Montana, Jan worked with SEIU organizing for universal health care and workplace fairness. She has worked with social issues and community media for many years as Program Officer for the Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media of the Funding Exchange, Media Works and as interim Executive Director of Seattle Community Access Network Community TV. She has been a producer of Community Women’s Voices, a monthly public affairs TV program with Seattle NOW, co-founder of the Bozeman Film Festival and Montana Woman community radio program. Jan regularly uses social issue media as tools for her organizing for global feminism, peace and social justice organizing. Jan speaks regularly at local, national and international conferences on the impacts of media on diverse women’s lives and for communication rights and media justice. Jan previously led National Organization for Women’s National Field program, was Director of NOW’s NW Organizing Project and is part of NOW’s Global Issues and Strategies committee. She is also involved with the global feminist movement as co-founder and co-chair of the US Women and Cuba Collaboration, through which she organizes women’s delegations to Latin America, and participates in international women’s rights and development conferences in Beijing, China, Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela.
The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey