Staff

Aaron Huey

Aaron Huey

Executive Director

Huey is a National Geographic photographer, a Stanford Media Designer, and Executive Director of The Amplifier Foundation. He has has photographed over 30 stories for the National Geographic magazines and is a Contributing Artist at Harper’s Magazine. Huey is also widely known for his 3,349 mile, solo walk across America (with his dog Cosmo) and his TED talk on Native American P.O.W. Camps. Huey is a Stanford Knight Fellow and the first Global Ambassador for Stanford’s d.School, focusing on media experiments using the human centered design process in both the analog and digital world.
www.aaronhuey.com

Cleo Barnett

Cleo Barnett

Program Director

Cleo is a curator and artist born in New Zealand and based in Brooklyn, New York. In solidarity with her international networks, Cleo’s work creates space for community building. This manifests in the form of public art campaigns, festivals, exhibitions, and immersive installations. In 2016 Cleo graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a masters in Art and Public Policy. She earned her undergraduate degrees from the University of Auckland in 2013, double majoring in Political Science and International Business. Today she continues to work in New Zealand and across the United States.
www.cleobarnett.com

Mark Gonzales

Mark Gonzales

Design Thinking and Strategic Partners

Mark Gonzales is a futurist. He specializes in creative potential, engagement strategies, and the unique role stories play in the human operating system.  The scope of this work has been groundbreaking: 3 TED(x) stages, consulting professorships with Stanford, thought partnerships with the United Nations, and content creation for ventures across the globe. Yet his greatest task to date is the start-up life of his 28 month old daughter who will inherit the world we leave behind.

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Advisory Board

Ernesto Yerena

Ernesto Yerena

Ernesto Yerena is an artist living in Los Angeles.  His art brings political concerns to light with subject matter that depicts cultural icons, rebels and everyday people voicing their stance against oppression. While Yerena identifies as Chicano he also strongly identifies as Native/Indigenous to this continent which is often seen in his work. Highly recognized for his activism, Yerena is the founder and curator of the Alto Arizona Art campaign (2010) as well as a founding member of the We Are Human campaign (2009).

Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey is one of the most accomplished street artists in the world, and creator and founder of Obey Clothing and Obey Giant, first becoming known for his “Andre The Giant has a Posse” sticker campaign while at the Rhode Island School of Design. He became widely known during the 2008 presidential election for his Barak Obama “Hope” poster.  His work is included in the collections at the Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Board

Anjali Kumar

Anjali Kumar

Anjali Kumar is an author, advisor and attorney.   In slightly more official terms, most recently she was the Founding General Counsel and Head of Social Innovation at Warby Parker.  Prior to joining Warby Parker, Anjali was Senior Counsel at Google NY, where she was a commercial and product attorney on areas ranging from Google X to advertising technology to YouTube.  She also curated the @Google speaker series, bringing Googlers around the globe face-to-face with some of today’s most prominent thinkers.  Anjali is at work on her first book, Stalking God (Hachette 2017), which humorously chronicles her attempts to answer questions she can’t Google an answer to for her 6 year old daughter, the co-creator and host of the forthcoming podcast “Unsearchable”, and co-creator with Questlove of The Roots and host of the web series “Questlove Presents: Slightly Reserved with Anjali Kumar”.

Justin Ferrell

Justin Ferrell

Justin joined the Institute of Design at Stanford University — aka “the d.school” — in 2012 to launch and direct its fellowship program, helping entrepreneurial professionals learn and apply design thinking to organization design, to create and spread behavior-driven systemic change. A career journalist, he worked for seven years at The Washington Post, most recently as the director of digital, mobile & new product design. Also a prolific visual storyteller, Justin designed the investigative series “Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency,” winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, and four other Pulitzer finalists. Justin teaches Stanford graduate courses in design thinking, creativity and organization design, and has spoken on creative culture and organizational change in many venues, from the SXSW Interactive festival in Austin; to the Norwegian Research Council in Oslo; to the U.S. Embassy in Dublin; to Education City in Doha, Qatar.

McKenzie Funk

McKenzie Funk

McKenzie Funk grew up in Oregon and studied philosophy, literature, and foreign languages at Swarthmore College. Since 2000, his reporting has taken him all over the United States and to dozens of countries on six continents. A National Magazine Award finalist and former Knight-Wallace Fellow, he won the Oakes Prize for a story about the melting Arctic and was a finalist for the Livingston Award for his interview in Tajikistan with one of the first prisoners released from Guantanamo Bay. Mac is a founding member of Deca, the global journalism cooperative, and his writing has appeared in Harper’s, National Geographic, Outside, Rolling Stone, Bloomberg Businessweek, and The New York Times Magazine. Windfall, his first book, was named a book of the year by The New Yorker, Mother Jones, Salon, and Amazon.com and was the winner of a 2015 PEN Literary Award.

Eric Becker

Eric Becker

Board President

Eric Becker is an Emmy Award-winning director based in Seattle. His work seeks to create an emotional connection between the viewer and subject through intimate, authentic portraiture and storytelling. His pieces have been seen in festivals, on television, and online. He is the founder and owner of We Are Shouting, a commercial production company in Seattle that provides work to a range of clients both domestic and international, including Amazon, Nike, Skanska, Phase One, and Timex. Eric’s documentary work strives to communicate issues of social justice, conservation, and human rights. He most recently directed two episodes of MTV’s Rebel Music.