Christy Remey Chin
Venture Partner, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Christy has devoted her career to advancing social entrepreneurship and championing high-impact philanthropy. Christy is a Venture Partner at Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, where she was instrumental in finding, funding and supporting DRK entrepreneurs, as well as cultivating and engaging DRK’s network of donor partners. Prior to joining DRK Foundation, Christy was the Deputy Director at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Philanthropy Workshop, a donor education program for high net worth individuals. Christy also served as a Senior Program Officer at the Skoll Foundation, where she was an integral part of the ideation of the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship, a highly selective award that drives large-scale social change. She worked as a research associate at the Harvard Business School, supporting Greg Dees in his efforts that defined the field of social entrepreneurship. Christy received her M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and holds a B.A. in History from Colgate University. Christy also chairs the board of Benetech and serves on the boards of Food Forward, New Story Charity, Save The Waves, SV2, the NVCA’s Venture Capital Foundation, Vote.org, and the World Affairs Council.
Founder, CEO and President, Lucas Public Affairs
Donna Lucas has had a 30-year-career in which she has worked in senior executive positions both in public and private sectors. She was the deputy chief of staff for strategic planning and initiatives for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and chief of staff to First Lady Maria Shriver. She was the deputy press secretary for Gov. George Deukmejian, deputy treasurer for state Treasurer Tom Hayes, and California press secretary for the 1988 presidential campaign of George H.W. Bush. Lucas serves on several boards including the Crocker Art Museum, John Burton Advocates for Youth, College Futures Foundation, All About Sacramento, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Maria Shriver’s Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement. She is on the Executive Committee on the California Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is Chair-Emeritus of the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC).
Lorry I. Lokey Professor of the Practice in the Stanford Journalism Program
Ann Grimes currently serves as Lorry I. Lokey Professor of the Practice and teaches classes in technology reporting, digital media and entrepreneurship. She also serves as the Associate Director and an affiliated faculty member of the Brown Institute for Media Innovation in the School of Engineering. In addition, she is an affiliated faculty member of the Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford Medical School, and the Program in Science Technology and Society in the School of Humanities & Sciences.
Editor in Chief, The California Sunday Magazine
Douglas McGray is Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of The California Sunday Magazine and Pop-Up Magazine. His features have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and Wired, and he has made radio stories for This American Life.
Technology and Social Media Reporter for NBC4 Southern California and former President of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists
Mekahlo Medina is the co-anchor of the NBC4 in Los Angeles weekend morning news “Today in LA,” and is also their technology and social media reporter. Prior to joining NBC4, Medina was a general assignment reporter for KSTP-TV in Minneapolis, KPNX-TV in Phoenix, and NBC television affiliates, KOB-TV in Albuquerque, and KTSM in El Paso. Medina is the Interim Executive Director of CCNMA, Latino Journalists of California. He is a member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association and the Native American Journalists Association. Medina served as president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and also served as secretary of UNITY Journalists for Diversity.
Former Chairman of the Board and CEO of Knight Ridder Company
Tony Ridder brings more than four decades of newspaper experience to the CalMatters Advisory Board, having served as newspaper division head, president, and ultimately, chairman of the board and CEO of Knight Ridder media company. Under his leadership, Knight Ridder was the second largest newspaper publisher in the United States. Ridder’s California experience includes serving as general manager and publisher of the San Jose Mercury News. He was also on the CalMatters Board of Directors.
Co-Founder, American Journalism Project and Founder, Texas Tribune
John Thornton is co-founder of the American Journalism Project, the first venture philanthropy nonprofit focused on local news. He also founded the Texas Tribune, the nation’s first statewide nonprofit and nonpartisan online news organization, in 2009. He is the General Partner at Austin Ventures, a position he’s held since 1991. Previously, John was with McKinsey & Co.and has served on the Board of Directors for Ballet Austin, the Austin Museum of Art, and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. He also is a founding board member of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas and a former trustee of Trinity University.
Richard Tofel was the founding general manager of ProPublica, and became president in 2013. He has responsibility for all of ProPublica’s non-journalism operations, including communications, legal, development, finance and budgeting, and human resources. Also an accomplished nonfiction author, Richard was formerly the assistant publisher of The Wall Street Journal. He also spent time as vice president of corporate communications for Dow Jones & Company, and as their assistant general counsel. More recently, he served as vice president, general counsel and secretary of the Rockefeller Foundation.
Co-Founder and CEO of OZY Media, Inc.
Carlos Watson is an entrepreneur and Emmy-winning journalist based in Silicon Valley. He is the co-founder and CEO of OZY Media, Inc., which helps over 20 million readers catch up on the day’s most important news with its Presidential Daily Brief (PDB,) and vault ahead with eight original features dedicated to what’s new and what’s next. He was the host of the OZY original series THE CONTENDERS, 16 for ’16 on PBS and hosts the PBS late-night show Point Taken. He previously anchored shows on CNN and MSNBC and hosted a series of Emmy-winning interview specials. As a businessman, Carlos built Achieva College Prep Services into one of the nation’s largest college prep companies before selling it to the Washington Post/Kaplan. He also worked as the Global Head of education Investment Banking for Goldman Sachs and as a consultant at McKinsey & Company. Carlos grew up in Miami and holds an A.B. in Government from Harvard University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Founder and Director, University of Southern California, Center for Third Space Thinking
Ernest J. Wilson III, Ph.D., professor of communication and political science, is founder and director of the USC Center for Third Space Thinking, devoted to research, teaching and executive education on soft skills in the digital age. He is also a faculty fellow at USC Annenberg’s Center on Public Diplomacy, a member of the board of the Pacific Council on International Policy and the National Academies’ Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was on the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting from 2000–2010, the last year as chairman, and served as dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism from 2007–2017. Through the Center for Third Space Thinking, Dr. Wilson’s most recent research focuses on critical workforce competencies and talent and skills development in the 21st Century. As a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (2017–2018), he currently is writing a book on utilizing competencies via the framework of Third Space Thinking.