Media. Arts.
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For Good.

About

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About

The Impact Guild is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles, California, whose mission is to connect, empower, and activate people who use media, technology, and pop culture for social good and healthy democracies.

Currently the Impact Guild network includes more than 700 senior leaders, experts, executives, advocates, and activists around the world who have participated in its programming, including the 2019 Roundtable (hosted by the MacArthur Foundation), the 2019 Forum (hosted at the Sundance Mountain Resort), and more than three dozen virtual gatherings in 2020 that focused on the pandemic, social and racial justice, and the 2020 U.S. elections.

Led by its Board of Directors, the Impact Guild is committed to supporting and growing its membership by providing opportunities for networking, learning, and collaboration around the most pressing issues of our time.

Mission

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Mission

Our mission is to connect, empower, and activate people who use media, technology, and pop culture for social good and healthy democracies. 

We support and grow our membership by providing opportunities for networking, learning, and collaborating around the most pressing issues of our time in the United States and around the world.

Values

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Values

  • We believe that media, technology, and popular culture can and should be forces for good in society;
  • We embrace the power of diversity and inclusion and we treat and represent all people with dignity and respect;
  • We recognize and are committed to eliminating the inequities and barriers in our industries for women, people of color, LGBTQ people, minority communities of faith, people with disabilities, and other marginalized groups;
  • We seek to educate our audiences about important issues and encourage civic participation;
  • We work to protect and improve our natural environment in all that we do;
  • We fight for accuracy and authenticity in our work product and work places;
  • We commit to building and supporting a global community focused on these values; and
  • We are here to use the power of our work for the common good.

Membership

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Membership

We are excited to launch our formal membership program in the fall of 2022. In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more or become a part of the network please fill out this form.

Leadership

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Board of Directors

AJ Christian

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Alan Gershenfeld

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President & Co-Founder

Caren Yanis

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Casey Acierno

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Media Responsibility Lead, Social Impact

Claudia Bojorquez

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Treasurer

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Deputy Director of Programs

Dan Green

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Director, Global Content & Campaigns

Dennis Williams

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SVP, Corporate Social Responsibility

Ellen Schneider

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Founding Director

Erika Soto Lamb

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VP, Social Impact

Felipe Cala

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Deputy Director of Advocacy for Latin America

Jared Ruga

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Co-Chair, Impact Guild

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Founder & CEO

Jeff Boodie

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Jen Humke

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Co-Chair, Annual Gathering

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Senior Program Officer

Leah Salgado

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Chief Impact Officer

Marianna Schaffer

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Co-Chair, Membership

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Maurício Mota

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Co-Founder & President

Meesha Brown

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President

Noopur Agarwal

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VP, Social Impact

Rene Jones

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Partner & Chief of Social Impact

Simone Friedman

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Co-Chair, Finance

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Head of Philanthropy & Impact Investment

Sonya Lockett

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Co-Chair, Impact Guild

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Chief Impact Officer

Ted Richane

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Vice Chair, Impact Guild

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Executive Council of Peer Groups

Platforms

Audio/Podcasting

Casey Acierno

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Media Responsibility Lead, Social Impact

Digital/Interactive

Nonny de la Peña

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Film

Maurício Mota

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Co-Founder & President

Journalism/News

Betsy Bozdech

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Executive Editor, Ratings and Reviews

Performing Arts/Theatre

Annie Hamburger

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Founder/Executive Producer

Performing Arts/Theatre

Ross Manson

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Artistic Director

Philanthropy

John Bare

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Print/Publishing

Mark Leibowitz

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Director/Photographer

Research

Iain Dodgeon

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Founder & Director

Social Media

Ashlee Marie Preston

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Social Media

Brandon Kaufer

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Sports

Jacoria Borders

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Television

Alejandro Villanueva

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Founder & Executive Director

Video Games

Wendy Lecot

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Head of Strategic Alliances

Video Games

Christie St. Martin

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Professions

Academics/Educators

AJ Christian

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Academics/Educators

Mara Einstein

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Professor/Author/Speaker

Artists/Talent

Amy Putman

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Creative Director/Creative Strategist

Communications Professionals

Kristen Grimm

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Founder/President

Community Organizers/Activists

Jeanine Abrams McLean

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President

Community Organizers/Activists

Jovan Paige

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Donor Relations Specialist

Content Creators

Tina Exarhos

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Chief Content Officer

Media Executives

Mario Cader-Frech

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Non-profit Executives

Rona Peligal

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VP Development & Communications

Social Impact Professionals

Marie Groark

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Director of Programs

Advisors & Operations

Chad Boettcher

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President, Impact Guild

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Founder

Bindu Poroori

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Community Curator

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Community Organizer

Chicago Desi Youth Rising

Judy Friedman

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General Counsel

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Founder & Principal

Audacious Philanthropy

Peter Fajardo

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Marketing

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Creative Director

Stéphane Glynn

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Operations

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SVP, Post-production & Operations

Partners & Supporters

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  • Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
  • EJF Philanthropies
  • Lightspark Foundation
  • MacArthur Foundation
  • Marguerite Casey Foundation
  • MTV Entertainment Group
  • RAND Center to Advance Racial Equity Policy
  • Spotify

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