Who We Are
Don Hazen is executive director of the Independent Media Institute and executive editor of AlterNet. The former publisher of Mother Jones magazine, he has edited several books, including, most recently, Start Making Sense: Turning the Lessons of Election 2004 into Winning Progressive Politics. Don conceived of and organized the two Media & Democracy Congresses that took place in San Francisco and New York City in 1997 and 1998, and has managed political campaigns in New York City for Ruth Messinger and David Dinkins. He holds an MA in counseling from the University of Massachusetts and a BA in politics from Princeton University.
Jan Frel is a senior editor at AlterNet. He has worked previously for AlterNet as a staff writer and political editor. Before coming to AlterNet, Jan worked on Howard Dean's presidential campaign in Vermont and at TomPaine.com in Washington, DC. He is a graduate of St. Andrews University in Scotland.
Tara Lohan is a senior editor at AlterNet and heads up the Environment and Water coverage. She is the editor of Water Consciousness: How We All Have to Change to Protect Our Most Critical Resource from AlterNet Books. She has worked as a writer, editor and organizer on environmental and social justice issues for ten years. She has a master's in literary nonfiction from the University of Oregon and bachelor's in English and Environmental Studies from Middlebury College.
Joshua Holland is a senior writer at AlterNet and a regular contributor to The Gadflyer. He is currently a research fellow with the Los Angeles-based Center for Active Learning in International Studies, a youth outreach program. Joshua has a B.A. in international relations from the University of Southern California.
Liliana Segura is a staff writer and editor of Rights and Liberties Special Coverage section. In addition to AlterNet, she has written for The Nation and The Nation.com, as well as other publications. She is a board member of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty and a contributing writer to its newsletter, The New Abolitionist.
Tana Ganeva is an assistant editor at AlterNet. Previously she has worked with Pan Left Productions and the Hanson Film Institute. She has an MA in Media Arts from the University of Arizona and a BA in History from Reed College. She edits AlterNet's Sex and Relationships and Movie Mix special coverage areas.
Alexander Zaitchik is an AlterNet contributing writer and freelance journalist and living in Brooklyn. He has written for the International Herald Tribune, The Nation, The San Francisco Chronicle, The New Republic, Counterpunch, Reason, The Believer, and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, among others.
Liz Mullaney is AlterNet's associate publisher. With both fundraising and online advertising experience, she has helped AlterNet become a more financially self-sufficient non-profit organization, and has played a key role in shaping the site's advertising program into an effective advocacy vehicle for progressive issues. Before joining IMI in early 2005, she worked in San Francisco's local non-profit sector overseeing workforce development programs. She holds a BS in Human Development from Cornell University.
Sian Taylor Gowan is AlterNet's Advertising Director. Sian brings seven years of online advertising experience from SFGate.com and TMP Worldwide/Monster.com, as well as a Sales & Marketing management background in the entertainment photo industry. She is a native San Franciscan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Communication Arts from San Francisco State University.
Valrie Sanders is the Director of Finance for AlterNet. Originally from Detroit, Valrie has lived in the Bay Area for the past 9 years, working in administration and finance with a variety of art and social justice non-profits. She is also an accomplished dancer and dance teacher, currently performing with Dimensions Dance Theater in Oakland.
Mark Ristaino is AlterNet's Technology Manager. He got his start as Communications Director of Music For America, a non-profit dedicated to engaging young people in politics through music communities. He is also an experienced writer and editor. Friend him on Facebook and maybe he will fix your tech problems!
Shelana deSilva is AlterNet's development and communications associate. She earned an MFA in writing, with an emphasis on nonfiction, from California College of the Arts. She also holds a BA in sociology, with a minor in women's studies, from San Francisco State University. She has worked as an immigrants' rights organizer, and has a background in grassroots fundraising and indy publishing.
Megan Reynolds is AlterNet's Advertising/Marketing Associate. Previously she worked as the traffic manager at Bravo! Marketing and as a sales coordinator for the San Francisco Chronicle. She graduated from Emerson College with a B.F.A in creative writing and a minor in visual arts.
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