CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER
CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER

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 eight 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

    EXECUTIVE EDITOR

    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.

  • SARA CATANIA

    EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

    Sara has managed, edited and/or reported at Reuters, Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, NBCLA, AOL/Patch and LA Weekly.

    She is the recipient of a Knight journalism fellowship from Stanford and taught journalism at USC for six years. She is at work on a memoir, White Girl in Bronzeville.

  • 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 AtlanticThe New York TimesThe Washington Postand 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.

  • KIRSTEN BERG

    WASHINGTON EDITOR

    Kirsten was previously the Deputy Director of the New America Fellows Program and worked as a reporter and researcher for ProPublica, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, and the PBS documentary series, Frontline.

  • LOUIS WHEATLEY

    ENGAGEMENT EDITOR

    Louis assists with the editorial process and manages social media. He graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in history and romance languages. He previously covered rural development across the post-Soviet region for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Budapest.

  • MARLENE THEBERGE

    EVENTS MANAGER

    Marlene was formerly the Director of Outreach and Development for the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, where she was responsible for securing federal and private funding, managing events, and overseeing statewide outreach and education initiatives. She is a 2016 New Leaders Council fellow.

  • BIANCA ALMADA

    OUTREACH & EDITORIAL ASSISTANT

    Bianca manages event outreach and publishing. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in English and Spanish and a minor in journalism. She previously wrote for USA Today, the Orange County Register, and the South Bend Tribune.

  • Alisa Muñoz

    OUTREACH & EDITORIAL ASSISTANT

    Alisa assists with event outreach and publishing. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in psychology. She is a founding member of The Undergraduate Research Journal of Psychology at UCLA, where she served as editor-in-chief for two years, and is also a founding member of the Green Neuroscience Lab.

  • Eryn Brown

    Editor-at-Large

    Eryn Brown is a Los Angeles-based writer who has reported on science, health, business and a variety of other subjects. A former staff member at the Los Angeles Times and at Fortune Magazine, she has also written stories for the New York Times, Wired, Nature, and other outlets. She graduated from Harvard College in 1993.

  • Emily Tamkin

    Editor-at-Large

    Emily Tamkin is associate editor at New America, a nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, D.C. Her writing has appeared in The Economist and Slate, among other publications. She has conducted independent research on the topic of Soviet dissidence in Moscow, Tbilisi, and, as a Fulbright grantee, in Bremen, Germany.

  • 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.

  • Colette LaBouff

    POETRY EDITOR

    Colette is the author of Mean, a book of prose poems, as well as other essays and poems. A Southern California native, she has an MFA in poetry and a doctorate in English from the University of California, Irvine. She currently lives in New Mexico.

  • SARAH ROTHBARD

    EDITOR-AT-LARGE

    Sarah is the former editor and associate publisher of Zócalo Public Square.

Interns

  • Louis Patterson
    Occidental College InternLA Summer Intern
  • Hattie Hayes
    ASU-Cronkite School Fellow in Sustainability Journalism
  • Jessica Suerth
    ASU-Cronkite School Fellow in Sustainability Journalism
  • Emma Jones
    Barnard College
    Summer Fellow

Contributors

  • AARON SALCIDO
    PHOTOGRAPHER
  • BOALT MEDIA GROUP
    AUDIO & VIDEO
  • AEON BLU, INC.
    WEBMASTER
  • THE LOOK PARTNERSHIP
    INTERACTIVE DESIGN

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