Christy Remey Chin
Venture Partner, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Christy Remey Chin represents the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation as a board member to portfolio organizations: Education Opens Doors, Food Forward, New Story, Transcend, and Vote.org. She previously served on the boards of Accountability Counsel, Adventure Scientists, Blue Engine, CareMessage, Green City Force, Jacaranda Health, Students for Education Reform, Urban Teachers and Watsi. Chin served for over four years as a Senior Program Officer at the Skoll Foundation. Prior to joining DRK Foundation, she was the Deputy Director at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Philanthropy Workshop, a donor education program for high net worth individuals. She also has for-profit experience in venture capital with Bedrock Capital Partners and Norwest Venture Capital and at a venture-backed company, The Frontier Group. Chin also chairs the board of Benetech, serves on the National Venture Capital Association board and on the advisory board of Ashoka U. She received her MBA from the Harvard Business School and holds a BA in History from Colgate University.
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.
Director, Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism, Columbia Journalism School
Ann Grimes is an award-winning veteran journalist who has held senior editorial positions at The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. She became Director of the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economic and Business Journalism at Columbia University in 2020 after serving as Associate Director of the Brown Institute for Media innovation, a bi-coastal Institute anchored at Stanford University’s School of Engineering and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Co-Founder and Editor in Chief, California Pop-Up Magazine Productions
Douglas McGray is Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of California Pop-Up Magazine Productions, producer of California Sunday 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.
Executive Director of CCNMA Latino Journalists of California and a weekend anchor for NBC4, Los Angeles
Mekahlo Medina is Executive Director of CCNMA Latino Journalists of California and a weekend anchor for NBC4 in Los Angeles. 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 also a member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association and the Native American Journalists Association. Medina previously served as president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, secretary of UNITY Journalists for Diversity, President of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
Former Chairman of the Board and CEO of Knight Ridder Company
Tony Ridder brings more than four decades of newspaper experience to the CalMatters 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.
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., is professor of communication and political science, and 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. Wilson 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.