Staff

Gregory Rodriguez

Founder & Publisher
Gregory is the author of Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans and Vagabonds: Mexican Immigration and the Future of Race in America (Pantheon), which The Washington Post listed among the “Best Books of 2007.” He is the founder and director 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. He is currently at work on a new book on the American cult of hope.

Dulce Vasquez

Managing Director
Dulce has run Zócalo’s programming, finances, partnerships, development, and human resources for five 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.

Andrés Martinez

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR
Andrés was 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.

SARAH ROTHBARD

EDITOR & ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER
Sarah runs the day-to-day operations of Zócalo’s website, coordinates book coverage, writes and edits, manages social media, and writes grants. Previously she worked in publishing at Alfred A. Knopf and W.W. Norton. She graduated from Amherst College with a degree in English.

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.

Jia-Rui Cook

NATIONAL & SCIENCE 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.

Becca MacLaren

HISTORY & ENGAGEMENT EDITOR
Becca was speechwriter for California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. She has written and edited for a women's foundation in San Francisco, a liberal arts college in Vermont, a community newspaper in the Berkshires, and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City.

KATHRYN BOWERS

LOS ANGELES & NATURE EDITOR
Kathryn was a staff editor of The Atlantic and worked for CNN-International as a newswriter. She writes frequently about evolution, biology, and medicine and is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling book, Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health.

DANIELLE ALVAREZ

EVENTS & OPERATIONS MANAGER
Danielle provides key support in the day-to-day operations of Zócalo. She coordinates all event logistics and production, manages accounts payable and receivable, and serves as Zócalo's office manager. She graduated from Syracuse University with degrees in magazine journalism and modern foreign language and has a master’s degree in global communications from the American University of Paris.

LISA MARGONELLI

EDITOR-AT-LARGE
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 a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation and is a contributing editor at Pacific Standard.

TANIA FLORES

PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Tania plans events, coordinates and collaborates with venues and outside vendors, organizes speaker travel and logistics, and leads outreach efforts for Zócalo. Her essays and poetry have been anthologized by Seal Press and Heyday Press. She graduated from Occidental College with degrees in English & comparative literary studies and critical theory & social justice.

MICHAEL BERNICK

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
Michael was the director of the California state labor department, the Employment Development Department (EDD), for five years under Governor Davis. He is an attorney with the Sedgwick law firm in San Francisco, and a research fellow in employment with the Milken Institute.

Emily Lombardo

Editorial Assistant
Emily assists Zócalo’s editorial staff in assigning essays and articles and provides research support. A former Zócalo summer intern, she is currently a third-year student at Occidental College majoring in English and comparative literary studies with a creative writing emphasis.


Interns

Julius DiLorenzo
Occidental College InternLA Summer Intern
Kelsey Hess
ASU-Cronkite School Fellow in Sustainability Journalism
Chloe Nordquist
ASU-Cronkite School Fellow in Sustainability Journalism

Contributors

STEPHANIE BROWN
POETRY EDITOR
AARON SALCIDO
PHOTOGRAPHER
BOALT MEDIA GROUP
AUDIO & VIDEO

WEBMASTER
THE LOOK PARTNERSHIP
INTERACTIVE DESIGN

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