Staff

  • Gregory Rodriguez

    Founder & Publisher
    Gregory is the author of Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans and Vagabonds: Mexican Immigration and the Future of Race in America, which The Washington Post listed among the “Best Books of 2007.” He is a senior fellow at Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and senior advisor to the president of KCRW. He is also the founder of the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University. Formerly a longtime op-ed columnist for the Los Angeles Times, he has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Time, and The Atlantic.
  • Dulce Vasquez

    Managing Director
    Dulce has run Zócalo’s programming, finances, partnerships, development, and human resources for seven years. Previously she worked on the New Americans Initiative Project at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights in Chicago. She was a Gates Millennium Scholar and received degrees in political science and philosophy from Northwestern University. In 2011, Dulce was a Boeing Company Fellow at the Southern California Leadership Network and was a 2014 Riordan MBA Fellow at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.
  • Andrés Martinez

    EDITORIAL DIRECTOR
    Andrés is also a professor of practice at the Arizona State University Cronkite School of Journalism. Previously, he was vice president of the New America Foundation, editorial page editor for the Los Angeles Times, a member of the editorial board of The New York Times, a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal, and an editor and writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  • Jia-Rui Cook

    EDITOR
    Jia-Rui was an award-winning science reporter for the Los Angeles Times and a science writer and media relations specialist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She won Zócalo’s 2013 poetry prize. She graduated from Harvard University with a degree in American history and literature and has a master’s degree in English literature from Oxford University.
  • JOE MATHEWS

    CALIFORNIA & INNOVATION EDITOR
    Joe was a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Baltimore Sun. He is coauthor of California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It and author of The People’s Machine: Arnold Schwarzenegger And the Rise of Blockbuster Democracy.
  • LISA MARGONELLI

    SCIENCE & HUMANITIES EDITOR
    Lisa has written for publications including The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Wired. Her book Oil On the Brain: Petroleum's Long, Strange Trip to Your Tank, won a Northern California Book Award. She is working on a book on termites for Scientific American/Farrar, Straus, & Giroux.
  • PAUL BISCEGLIO

    ASSOCIATE EDITOR
    Paul was previously an editorial fellow at Pacific Standard. He has written for The Atlantic, Smithsonian, Runner's World, and others. He has a BA from Haverford College and an MA from University of Warwick, where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar.
  • Elana Muldavin

    Outreach & Editorial Assistant
    Elana helps ensure the smooth running of Zócalo’s editorial process and assists with event promotion, marketing, and external communications. She graduated from Occidental College with a degree in Sociology and enjoys exploring many different topics.
  • LOUIS WHEATLEY

    OUTREACH & EDITORIAL ASSISTANT
    Louis assists in the editorial process and with event logistics. He graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in History and Romance Languages. He previously wrote for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Budapest.
  • SARAH ROTHBARD

    EDITOR-AT-LARGE
    Sarah is the former editor and associate publisher of Zócalo Public Square.
  • Siobhan Phillips

    Editor-at-Large
    Siobhan is an associate professor of English at Dickinson College and author of The Poetics of the Everyday: Creative Repetition in Modern American Verse. Her poems and essays have appeared in Boston Review, Harvard Review, The Toast, and other journals. She has a doctorate in English literature from Yale University.
  • Paola Briseño

    #myLAcommute Fellow
    Paola solicits stories and takes photographs of Angelenos on their commutes around the region for Zócalo's #myLAcommute partnership with Metro. She graduated from The Art Institute of Portland, where she studied anthropology.

Interns

  • Dominique Resendez
    Occidental College InternLA Summer Intern
  • Stephanie Holland
    ASU-Cronkite School Fellow in Sustainability Journalism
  • Whitney Woodworth
    ASU-Cronkite School Fellow in Sustainability Journalism
  • Natasha Verdon
    Zócalo/Metro Fellow

Contributors

  • STEPHANIE BROWN
    POETRY EDITOR
  • AARON SALCIDO
    PHOTOGRAPHER
  • MICHAEL BERNICK
    CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
  • BOALT MEDIA GROUP
    AUDIO & VIDEO
  • AEON BLU, INC.
    WEBMASTER
  • THE LOOK PARTNERSHIP
    INTERACTIVE DESIGN

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