Moira ShourieExecutive Director
Moira was an executive at MTV Networks International for 12 years, working to launch the network throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa, as well as producing series and programming music for MTV India. Previously, she was part of the startup team that launched Outlook, now one of India’s most widely read news magazines. She has served on non-profit boards for over a decade and is the past President of Zócalo’s Board of Trustees.
Sarah was most recently associate editorial director at Center Theatre Group, one of the country's largest nonprofit theatres. Until 2015 she was the editor and associate publisher of Zócalo Public Square, and since then she has served as book prize editor. She began her career at Alfred A. Knopf and W. W. Norton working on a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction titles, from award-winning novels and short story collections to bestselling memoirs and cookbooks.
JOE MATHEWSCALIFORNIA & INNOVATION EDITOR
Joe was a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Baltimore Sun. He is co-author 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. He is co-president of the Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy.
SARA SUÁREZPROGRAMMING & OPERATIONS MANAGER
Sara graduated from the College of William & Mary and received her MFA at the California Institute of the Arts, where she held a postgraduate fellowship. Her films have screened at festivals in the U.S. and abroad.
Jackie ManskyAssociate Editor
Jackie is a writer and editor based in L.A. Most recently, she was the assistant arts and culture editor for Smithsonian Magazine's website. She holds an MA from Columbia Journalism School.
Naledi MakheneEvents Coordinator
Naledi graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Social Relations and Policy. She previously coordinated events for a non-profit travel organization. She also has an interest and background in diversity and inclusion.
Kelsey SchoenbergAssistant Editor, Social & Production
Kelsey holds degrees in Speculative Design and Philosophy from the University of California, San Diego, where she worked in marketing and design for the performing arts program, ArtPower. She was previously an exhibition designer at Wonderspaces, a San Diego arts startup.
Arianna LeeProgramming & Operations Coordinator
Arianna graduated from UCLA with a BA in Art History. She received an Arts for LA ACTIVATE Fellowship in Cultural Policy in 2018 as well as a Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in London.
Suzanne WilsonMedia Relations
Suzanne is a senior media relations representative for Zócalo’s Knowledge Enterprise partner, Arizona State University. She has been a journalist and executive news producer and also directed communications and strategy for a successful statewide campaign in support of working families in Arizona.
Eryn 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.
Minal is the author of three books of nonfiction and poetry. She ran the Sunday Perspective section at the San Jose Mercury News, was a journalism fellow at Columbia, and was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in Mumbai.
Thea is trained as an artist and a cultural historian. She has taught writing at Art Center College of Design for fifteen years and holds a B.A. from Yale and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa.
Oscar Villalon is the managing editor of ZYZZYVA. His work has been published in Zocalo Public Square, Freeman's, The Believer, and elsewhere. He lives in San Francisco.
Dr. Cynthia Greenlee is a North Carolina-based historian specializing in the legal history of Black girls and women in the 19th-century U.S. South. A seasoned journalist, her essays and articles have appeared in the Nation, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Scalawag, among other publications. Greenlee is currently the senior editor with the Counter, a nonprofit newsroom covering the business, politics, and culture of food.
Connie VoisinePOETRY EDITOR
Connie is the author of 5 books of poems, most recently The Bower. A finalist for the LA Times Book Award, her poems have been published in The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine and elsewhere. A native of northern Maine, she lives and works in southern New Mexico and Chicago.
Stefan G. BucherIllustration Editor
Stefan is a Los Angeles-based brand designer, illustrator, and writer. He is the author of seven books, including the best-selling 344 Questions—The Creative Person’s Do-It-Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival & Artistic Fulfillment. He was named a Young Gun by the Art Directors Club of New York and is a recipient of D&AD’s Yellow Pencil for book design.
Be BoggsContributing Illustrator
Be is a Los Angeles-based artist who works in animation, digital illustration, painting, woodcarving, and photography. She has had solo exhibitions at Sheila Olsen Gallery in Laguna Beach and ArtShareLA.
LISA MARGONELLIContributing Editor
Lisa has written for publications including The Atlantic, Scientific American, and Wired and has written two books—Oil On the Brain: Petroleum's Long, Strange Trip to Your Tank (2007) and Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology (2018). An editor at Zócalo from 2016–2020, she is now at Issues in Science and Technology.
Asha RangappaContributing Editor
Asha Rangappa is a Senior Lecturer at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and a legal and national security analyst for CNN. She is a former Associate Dean at Yale Law School and previously served as a Special Agent in the New York Division of the FBI, specializing in counterintelligence investigations.
James C. CobbContributing Editor
James C. Cobb is a Distinguished Professor in History of the American South at the University of Georgia. He has published 13 books focusing on the interaction of economy, politics, and culture in the American South. A former president of the Southern Historical Association, he was recently inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame.
Jennifer MerciecaContributing Editor
Jennifer Mercieca, a historian of American political rhetoric, is a Professor in the Department of Communication at Texas A&M University. She is the author of Founding Fictions, The Rhetoric of Heroic Expectations: Establishing the Obama Presidency, and Demagogue For President: The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump.
José González VargasContributing Editor
José González Vargas is a Venezuelan journalist and writer. Formerly a professor at Universidad Bicentenaria de Aragua, he has contributed to Americas Quarterly, Into, Caracas Chronicles, and ViceVersa Magazine. His literary work, written in Spanish and English, has been published by Strange Horizons, Letralia, and Fireside Quarterly. In 2017 he won the Solsticios Prize, Venezuela's top science fiction and fantasy award, for his short story "E Pluribus Unum.”
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