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From The Representation Project
Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Founder & CEO
Jennifer Siebel Newsom is a filmmaker, CEO, advocate, and thought leader. After graduating with honors from Stanford University and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, she wrote, directed, and produced the 2011 award-winning documentary Miss Representation. As a result of Miss Representation’s powerful impact, she launched The Representation Project, a nonprofit organization that uses film and media as a catalyst for cultural transformation. Her second film as a director, The Mask You Live In, had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and explores how America’s narrow definition of masculinity is harming boys, men, and society at large. She also executive produced the Emmy Award-Winning and Academy Award-Nominated documentary The Invisible War and is an executive producer on the documentary The Hunting Ground. She is currently in production on her third film, The Great American Dream. When she is not running The Representation Project and making documentaries, she serves as a Global Advisory Board member of the Dove Self Esteem Project, co-chair of We Day California, and a commissioner on the Girl Scouts’ Healthy Media Commission. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, and their three young children.
Director of Communications
Cristina Escobar is a strategic leader and creative communications professional with the mission of advancing gender equality. Before joining The Representation Project, she was a leader in the domestic violence field, inspiring young people to create a culture of healthy relationships. Over the last decade, she has exponentially built the audience for the causes she has championed, while also increasing that audience’s engagement. In addition, she has successfully created and implemented operational systems, fundraising strategies, and direct-to-youth programming. Cristina has been featured in such leading media outlets as Anderson Cooper Live, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and NPR. She graduated Phi Betta Kappa, magna cum laude with a degree in English literature and Spanish language from Occidental College. She also holds a certificate in nonprofit leadership and management.
Director of Mobilization
Darius was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. After graduating from a historically black university, Alabama A&M, with a B.A in Political Science; he began working as an International organizer for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) traveling throughout the South organizing people into the union. Several years later he left SEIU and joined the United States Peace Corps and served as an at-risk-youth advisory, teacher, male gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS counselor in Jamaica. After completing his service, Darius enrolled into graduate school at the University of Birmingham in England, where he wrote his Master’s thesis on “Queer Rights as a Human Right”. After returning to the U.S he joined the University of California Student Association (UCSA) as the Organizing Director for all 10 US campus and over 300,000 students statewide. At UCSA, Darius helped lead the largest “March for Higher Education” in 2012 with over 8,000 people marching to the California state capitol to demand that state reinvest in higher education. Afterwards, Darius returned to the labor movement as a Program Director for Working America helping to organize non-union communities around their economic interest in the south.
From the Production Team
Writer, Editor, & Producer
Jessica Congdon was a writer and editor for Miss Representation. She co-directed and edited Race to Nowhere by Vicki Abeles. She edited Speed & Angels directed by Peyton Wilson, Motherland directed by Jennifer Steinman, the 2003 award-winning Sundance film Dopamine directed by Mark Decena, and the Columbia Tri-Star feature film Big Girls Don’t Cry directed by Maria von Heland. She is a founding editor of Umlaut Films. She received her BA from UC Berkeley and studied film at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two young children.
Jessica Anthony is a San Francisco-based producer with a broad background spanning live action, animation, and visual effects for both short and long form projects. With 20 years of experience, she has produced award-winning content for clients such as Nickelodeon, CTW, Universal, BBC, MTV, and Warner Brothers. In addition to producing, she also managed San Francisco Film Society’s FilmHouse, a widely renowned, innovative residency program that provides professional development opportunities to filmmakers at various stages in their career. She studied literature and film at Boston University and the University of Oregon and lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two kids.
FROM THE FILM
ASHANTI BRANCH, M.Ed.
Ashanti Branch, M.Ed. was born and raised by a single mother on welfare in Oakland, California, took the road less traveled to get out of the ghetto and attended one of California’s premier engineering colleges, California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo. He studied civil engineering and worked as a construction project manager in his first career. After tutoring struggling students and realizing his true passion was teaching, he changed careers. He had suddenly found the “fire” that was missing in his life and he hoped to ignite a similar enthusiasm in his young students. In 2004 as a first year teacher, he started The Ever Forward Club to provide a support group for African American and Latino males, who were not achieving to the level of their potential. Since then, The Ever Forward Club has grown to serve both young men and women and become a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Ever Forward Club has helped 100% of its members graduate high school and 93% of them have gone on to attend college. With over 19 years mentoring youth and 10 of those years as a math teacher educating inner city youth, he was awarded with a Fulbright Exchange Fellowship to India, a Rotary Club Cultural Ambassadorial Fellowship to Mexico and a 2010 Teacher of the Year Award from the Alameda-Contra Costa County Math Educators. He is on a mission to change the way that students interact with their education and the way schools interact with students.
JUDY Y. CHU, Ed.D.
Judy Y. Chu, Ed.D. is an Affiliated Faculty Member of the Program in Human Biology at Stanford University, where she teaches a course on boys’ psychosocial development. She earned her doctorate at Harvard Graduate School of Education where, supervised by Carol Gilligan, Ph.D., her research explored boys’ gender socialization, relationships, and development during early childhood and adolescence. Focused on boys as active participants in their own socialization and development, her studies examine how boys negotiate their identities, behaviors, and relationships in light of cultural constructions of masculinity that manifest in their everyday interactions. Her work highlights boys’ relational strengths and aims to help foster boys’ healthy resistance against societal pressures that can undermine their sense of integrity and hinder their relationships. She is the author of When Boys Become Boys (New York University Press, 2014) and co-editor of Adolescent Boys: Exploring Diverse Cultures of Boyhood (New York University Press, 2004).
Joe Ehrmann founded Coach For America based on his revolutionary concepts of transformational coaching that are also the subject of his book InSideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives. A former professional football player, he is an inspirational, dynamic speaker and seminar leader who works with corporate, civic, and community organizations to promote growth, teamwork, effectiveness, and individual responsibility. Through the exposure of his TEDx Talk, “Be a Man”, his domestic violence work with the NFL, and working with The Representation Project on The Mask You Live In, there is an increased awareness to the importance of his work. He has received widespread recognition and awards for his work, including Parade Magazine’s Most Important Coach in America. Additionally, he is the inspiration of the New York Times Best-Seller, Season of Life: A Football Star, a Boy, a Journey to Manhood.
Carlos Hagedorn is an educator and community organizer. He has worked with elementary, middle, high school, and college students in San Francisco, New York City and the Napa Valley. He is a professor in ethnic studies at Napa Valley College and a co-founder/director of the LEGACY Youth Project, a middle and high school “at promise” youth program dedicated to supporting students towards their educational and personal successes. He is also a consultant in culturally responsive education and community leadership. Currently he is a board of trustee for the Napa Valley Unified School District and serves on the Napa Valley Hispanic Network’s Board of Directors. Additionally, he is a co-founder/member of the Napa Valley Dream Team whose mission is to support undocumented students in their right for educational access and a co-founder/member of the Napa Valley Ethnic Studies Advocates whose mission is to implement Ethnic Studies courses in educational institutions. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Latina/o Studies and Masters Degree in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University. He is a Mexican-Filipino American. Social justice and love for community is his lifetime commitment.
Dr. CAROLINE HELDMAN
Dr. Caroline Heldman is an Associate Professor of Politics at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Her research specializes in the presidency, systems of power (race, class, gender, and sexuality), and sexual violence. Her work has been featured in the top journals in her field, and she edited Rethinking Madame President: Are We Ready for a Woman in the White House? (2007). She has been active in “real world” politics as a professional pollster, campaign manager, and commentator for FOX News, Fox Business News, CNBC, and Al Jazeera America. She splits her time between Los Angeles and New Orleans where she co-founded the New Orleans Women’s Shelter and the Lower Ninth Ward Living Museum. She also co-founded End Rape on Campus (EROC) and Faculty Against Rape (FAR).
JACKSON KATZ, Ph.D.
Jackson Katz, Ph.D. is an educator, author, filmmaker, cultural theorist, and world-renowned pioneer in gender violence prevention education and critical media literacy. In 1993, he co-founded Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), one of the most widely implemented and influential sexual and relationship abuse prevention programs in schools, colleges, sports culture, and the military in North America and beyond. MVP introduced the “bystander” approach to the gender violence prevention field; he is one of the key architects of this popular approach. He also created the award-winning documentaries Tough Guise and Tough Guise 2 and is the author of The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help and Leading Men: Presidential Campaigns and the Politics of Manhood. He lectures extensively in the U.S. and around the world on violence, media, and masculinities.
Michael Kimmel is the Distinguished University Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University, where he is also the Founder and Director of the center for the Study of Men and Masculinities. He is the author of many books about men and masculinity, including Manhood in America, Angry White Men, and the best-seller, Guyland, which examines the lives of young men, 16-26.
Dr. JOSEPH E. MARSHALL, JR.
Dr. Joseph E. Marshall, Jr.. is an author, lecturer, radio talk show host, and community activist. He is the founder of Alive & Free, an international violence prevention organization headquartered in San Francisco, the creator of the Alive & Free Movement and president of the Alive & Free Consortium, an organization dedicated to eliminating violence worldwide. He is also the host of the violence prevention radio talk show Street Soldiers. Founded in 1987 as Omega Boys Club, Alive & Free has transformed the lives of more than 10,000 young people and produced 192 college graduates, all supported by the organization’s scholarship fund. Another 52 members are currently enrolled in college, and nearly 50 have gone on to earn graduate degrees. He is the author of the 1996 best-selling book, Street Soldier: One Man’s Struggle to Save a Generation, One Life at a Time and the subject of the PBS documentary Street Soldiers. His innovation has earned him the MacArthur Genius Award, the Children’s Defense Fund Leadership Award, the Essence Award, and the Use Your Life Award from Oprah Winfrey.
WILLIAM S. POLLACK, Ph.D., ABPP
William S. Pollack, Ph.D., ABPP is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the author of the New York Times bestsellers Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons From The Myths Of Boyhood and Real Boys’ Voices. He is a past president of the Massachusetts Psychological Association, a member the Boston Psychoanalytic Society, a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology (ABPP, Board Certified), and a founding member and Fellow of the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity (a division of the American Psychological Association). He is presently the Principal Investigator of The New Models for Diagnosis & Treatment of Male Depression Study at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA). He has served on the U.S. Presidential Initiative, The National Campaign Against Youth Violence and was a consultant to The United States Secret Service, co-authoring the Secret Service’s handbook, Threat Assessment and Creating Safe School Climates. He was also the Principal Investigator of The U.S. Bystander & Schools Anti-Violence Project. He serves on the national advisory boards of the Positive Coaching Alliance, Men’s Health Magazine, the Adolescent Male Health Initiative, and the Centers for the Study of Men & Masculinity, among many other national and internationally recognized organizations. An internationally recognized and sought after consultant and speaker, he is the author of, and contributor to, numerous scholarly journal articles and books. He resides in Newton, Massachusetts with his family, where he also maintains a private practice in interpersonally-oriented psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.
James Steyer is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Common Sense Media, the nation’s leading non-partisan organization dedicated to improving the world for kids and education. He is also the Co-founder and Chairman of the Center for the Next Generation, as well as the author of Talking Back to Facebook and The Other Parent: The Inside Story of the Media’s Effect on our Children. He is also an award-winning, consulting professor at Stanford University, where he has taught popular courses on civil rights, civil liberties, and education for 25 years. He appears regularly on national television and radio programs as an expert commentator and children’s advocate. Last, but most importantly, he’s a dad of four great kids.
Niobe Way is Professor of Applied Psychology in the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University. She is also the co-director of the Center for Research on Culture, Development, and Education, and the co-founder of the Project for the Advancement of Our Common Humanity, both at NYU, and the past president for the Society for Research on Adolescence. She received her doctorate from Harvard University in Human Development and Psychology and was an NIMH postdoctoral fellow in the psychology department at Yale University. Her research focuses on the intersections of culture, context, and human development with a particular focus on the social and emotional development of adolescents. Her sole authored books include: Everyday Courage: The Lives and Stories of Urban Teenagers (NYU Press, 1998) and Deep Secrets: Boys’ Friendships and the Crisis of Connection (Harvard University Press, 2011). Her co-edited or co-authored books include: Urban Girls: Resisting Stereotypes, Creating Identities (NYU press, 1996), Adolescent Boys: Exploring Diverse Cultures of Boyhood (NYU Press, 2004), and Growing up Fast: Transitions to Adulthood among Inner City Adolescent Mothers (Erlbaum Press, 2001). The latter co-authored book (with Bonnie Leadbeater) received the Best Book Award from the Society of Research on Adolescence (2002). She also writes blogs for numerous media outlets including the Huffington Post. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, The National Science Foundation, The William T. Grant Foundation, The Spencer Foundation, and by numerous other smaller foundations. She is a nationally recognized leader in the field of adolescent development and in the use of mixed methods; she has been studying the social and emotional development of girls and boys for over two decades.