Board of Directors
Simone Coxe, Board Chair and Co-Founder
Simone Coxe is also a director at Internews, a Washington, DC, based nonprofit whose focus is building sustainable local media around the world, and at KQED. Previously, Simone co-founded Blanc & Otus, a public relations firm serving the technology industry, and served as its CEO from 1985-2000.
Chris Boskin is a highly respected veteran of magazine publishing, with a career that includes senior positions with Worth Media, The New Yorker Magazine, Hearst Corporation, East West Network, and Knapp Communications. She currently serves as an advisor to OZY and Tech4GS, and on the boards of NPR, Internews, College Track, the Gladstone Institutes and Higher Ground. She was the former board chair of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Janet Clayton has journalism, corporate and nonprofit experience as the prior top communications and philanthropic executive for Southern California Edison and its parent company Edison International.
Prior to joining Edison, Clayton was president of ThinkCure, a community-based nonprofit that raises funds for cancer research and is the official charity of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Prior to ThinkCure, Clayton had a distinguished career at the Los Angeles Times as a key member of the newspaper’s leadership team. She held numerous positions, including editor of the editorial pages, where she determined the Times’ official opinions, and California section editor, where she managed the largest news staff at the newspaper. Clayton has received many accolades for excellence in her profession, including recognition as the editor of two Pulitzer Prize-winning series. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California.
Gregory Favre is a long-distinguished figure in the world of journalism. His decades of newspaper experience include serving as assistant sports editor of the Atlanta Journal, managing editor of the Dayton Daily News, editor of the Palm Beach Post, news director of WPLG TV in Miami, editor of the Corpus Christi CallerTimes, managing editor of the Chicago Daily News and the Chicago SunTimes, executive editor of The Sacramento Bee, and vice president of news for McClatchy Newspapers.
He is a former president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the California Society of Newspaper Editors, and was a fellow for journalism values at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. He has served on numerous industry boards and advisory committees, as well as on the advisory board for the UC Davis Health Systems and as chair of the Foundation for American Communications.
Jeffrey S. Klein has had a 40 year career in the media world as a business executive, lawyer and writer. He co-founded 101communications, a multimedia business publisher and event producer that later became 1105 Media, where he now serves as Executive Chairman. He spent 15 years with the Los Angeles Times as a senior executive and started his career there as the newsroom lawyer. He also was CEO of California Community Newspapers. He wrote a regular consumer law column for the LA Times and a business column for Folio Magazine, which named him one of the forty most influential people in the industry. He has taught graduate level media courses at USC and Columbia University and served as Executive in Residence at the Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy. He was Chairman of MEND, an anti-poverty nonprofit, and now sits on the Board of Trustees of Claremont McKenna College, his alma mater.
Richard Koci Hernandez
Richard Koci Hernandez is an internationally recognized, award-winning innovator in journalism and multimedia and national Emmy award winning multimedia producer who worked as a visual journalist at the San Jose Mercury News for 15 years. His photographic work has appeared in The New York Times, Wired, The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and a National Geographic Book on iPhone Photography, among others. Koci’s photojournalism and multimedia work has garnered numerous awards on the national and regional level, including four national Emmy nominations. He has taught multimedia workshops for Stanford University, National Press Photographers Association, National Association for Hispanic Journalists and National Association for Black Journalists, among many others. In 2008, Koci Hernandez was invited to join the faculty at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism as a visiting fellow and in 2017 he was named an Associate Professor for New Media.
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.
Leo Wolinsky has a long and illustrious career spanning more than 30 years at the Los Angeles Times, where he served as a correspondent, City Editor, California Political Editor and Deputy Chief of the State Capitol Bureau. He also served as Executive, Managing and Associate Editor at the paper. Wolinsky directed the Times’ coverage of the Los Angeles Riots and Northridge Earthquake, reporting that earned the newspaper two Pulitzer Prizes. He has since served as Editor of Daily Variety and now consults with media companies on a wide range of issues.