Phuong started Gateway California while she was a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University during the 2010-11 academic year. She currently is a senior fellow for the Institute for Justice and Journalism. As an award-winning reporter for the Washington Post, her work focused on immigrant communities. A portfolio of her stories was published in the book, “Best Newspaper Writing 2006-2007.” She started her journalism career at the Charlotte Observer, chronicling the remaking of public housing.
Susan is the founder and publisher of Oakland Local, an acclaimed news and community hub for Oakland, Calif. She also works as a consultant and trainer on projects focused on community media, bridging the digital divide and media entrepreneurship. She was the consulting web strategist for the Center for Investigative Reporting’s California Watch project and program manager for the Knight News Challenge. Prior to her journalism career, she was a vice president at AOL and Netscape and a senior director at Yahoo.
Victoria is an award-winning reporter with more than 20 years of experience in television, magazines, newspapers and online. As a trainer, she has taught newsrooms from China to Canada to California how to use multimedia to reach a wider audience. Her consumer investigations earned her an Emmy, Associated Press Individual Achievement Award and other honors. She is an inductee in the Journalism Hall of Fame at her alma mater, Temple University.
Dawn is deputy director of the Knight fellowships program at Stanford University, which fosters journalistic innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. Garcia was an award-winning reporter and editor at California newspapers for 18 years, including the San Jose Mercury News and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is a past president of the Journalism & Women Symposium.
Harry is executive-in-residence at Idealab, a southern California company that creates and operates pioneering technology businesses. Previously, he was CEO of three different venture capital-backed tech startups. He also has been the senior vice president-general manager of Evite and vice president of ABC.com. His “first life” was as a reporter and anchor at KQED-FM in San Francisco. He made the leap from radio to the internet in the mid-1990s when he joined ChannelA.com, an Asian American startup.
Geneva is journalism school director at the University of Southern California. Previously, she was a chaired professor at the Missouri School of Journalism. For seven years, she was editor-in-chief of The Des Moines Register, where she led the paper to a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. She has been an ombudsman for the Washington Post, a member of the editorial board of the New York Times and a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post Writers Group.
Daranee is executive director of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, based in Sebastapol, Calif. She has worked on social and economic justice issues for more than 20 years. Before joining GCIR in 1998, she held leadership positions at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Sophia Fund and the Field Foundation. She has written a number of reports on immigrant integration.
Carol is founder and president emeritus of the Great Valley Center, a nonprofit that supports organizations and activities that promote the economic, social and environmental well-being of the Central Valley. She served on the Sierra Nevada Conservancy board as an appointee of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Under Gov. Pete Wilson, she served as assistant secretary of the California Resources Agency and later as director of intergovernmental affairs. She was mayor of Modesto from 1987 to 1991.