Gregory RodriguezFOUNDER & 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.” 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. In 2012, he was named a Goldman Sachs Senior Fellow at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, where he founded and now directs the “What It Means to Be American” project.
Lisa has written for publications including The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Wired. Her first book, Oil On the Brain: Petroleum's Long, Strange Trip to Your Tank, won a Northern California Book Award. She is also the author of Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology, published in 2018 by Scientific American/Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, which the New York Review of Books described as "an extraordinary provocation.”
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.
SARA SUAREZPROGRAMMING COORDINATOR
Sara graduated with a degree in English from the College of William & Mary and received an MFA in film directing at the California Institute of the Arts, where she was a postgraduate fellow and graduate teaching assistant. Her films have been screened in the U.S. and abroad.
Kelsey SchoenbergEditorial & Outreach Assistant
Kelsey graduated from the University of California, San Diego, with degrees in Speculative Design and Philosophy, and worked in marketing and design for the performing arts program, ArtPower. She was previously an intern at Wonderspaces, a San Diego arts startup.
Arianna LeeProgramming & Operations Assistant
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.
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.
Andrea has written for Slate, Vox, USA Today, Lapham's Quarterly, McSweeney's, and other outlets. She is the author of One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps and The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov. After reporting from four continents, she is now working on a book about the Arctic.
SARAH ROTHBARDBOOK PRIZE EDITOR
Sarah is senior manager of communications and editorial at Center Theatre Group. She is the former editor and associate publisher of Zócalo Public Square.
Colette LaBouffPOETRY 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.
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.
Debbie SeeleySpecial Events Coordinator
Debbie holds a BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a doctorate in physical therapy from Mount Saint Mary’s College. She is a longtime volunteer at Zócalo Public Square.
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 an Associate 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 a forthcoming book on Donald Trump and demagoguery.
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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