Digital Democracy incorporated as a non-profit organization on November 20th 2008 in New York. We became a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization in September 2011.
Emily Jacobi, Executive Director & Founder, has worked on media, youth development and research projects in Latin America, West Africa, Southeast Asia and the US. Emily began her career as a youth journalist working to highlight young people’s voices in professional media. At the age of 13, she reported from Havana, Cuba on the lives of young Cubans during the Troubled Period. She previously worked for Internews Network, AllAfrica.com and as Assistant Bureau Director for Y-Press. Since January 2007 her work has focused on researching and supporting the capacity of local organizations in closed and transitioning societies. At Digital Democracy Emily manages staff, oversees strategic planning and development and works directly with grassroots partners on program design for human rights and community engagement.
Emilie Reiser, Haiti Program Director, is a technology strategist and educator, dedicated to creating dialogue across cultures by designing community-driven solutions to social and human rights challenges. In her role at Dd, she has worked with women’s groups in Port-au-Prince to design and implement technology tools to address gender-based violence, including the launch of the first rape response hotline in the country. Prior to Digital Democracy, Emilie was Director of Programs for Vision Education & Media, developing curriculum and training programs to integrate creative technology into public school classrooms in New York City. Fluent in Spanish and Haitian Creole, Emilie has collaborated on photography and media trainings with Project Luz in New York, Cine Institute in Haiti, FotoFavela in Brazil and WeOwnTV in Sierra Leone.
Liz Hodes, Operations & Finance Manager, is a founding member of Digital Democracy. Liz also serves as producer of Ddʼs multi-media content, including DdTv, Dd’s online TV series produced from 2009-2010. In addition to her work with Dd, Liz is the Production Manager for New York- based television production company Left/Right, for which she has worked on over 20 documentary and reality television series. She previously worked at Killer Films and Warner Bros. Pictures.
Interns, Volunteers and Former team Members
Mark Belinsky, Advisor & Co-Founder, has worked in technology, media and civil society for over five years, with projects extending from Europe, the Middle-East and the Caucasus to South and Southeast Asia, Southern Africa and the USA. In the Caucasus, Mark helped found and develop Bem, a youth action center in Armenia that serves as a platform for youth to build an active civil society through technology, art, and media for free-expression. Mark graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Sociology and Film & Media Studies, with concentrations in Technology, Cross-National International Development and Documentary Film. For Dd he manages financial, logistical and personnel issues, oversees technical aspects of programming, and develops innovative design strategies.
Intern, Spring 2011
Project Einstein Guatemala Director, 2010
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Intern, Fall 2010