Staff

Aaron Huey

Aaron Huey

Founder and Creative Director

Huey is a National Geographic photographer, a Stanford Media Designer, and Creative Director of Amplifier. He has photographed over 30 stories for the National Geographic magazines and is a Contributing Artist at Harper’s Magazine. Huey is also widely known for his 3,349-mile solo walk across America (with his dog Cosmo) and his TED talk on Native American P.O.W. Camps. Huey is a Stanford Knight Fellow and the first Global Ambassador for Stanford’s d.School, focusing on media experiments using the human centered design process in both the analog and digital world.
www.aaronhuey.com

Amalia Martino

Amalia Martino

Interim Executive Director

Amalia is a public relations and communications specialist with over fifteen years experience.
In 2003, as the Communications Coordinator for Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy (KPIHP) and KP International, Amalia’s team convened health policy roundtable discussions in Washington DC and distilled high-level policy issues for general audience consumption, crafting public messaging, and helping Kaiser Permanente develop a voice in the national health policy discussion.
Amalia later founded BlueShoes Media, a Seattle-based, boutique public relations firm with a national clientele. As CEO, she managed operations to ensure production efficiency, quality, and service in the areas of brand identity, media relations, and event production. She has placed clients in numerous media outlets including: Dr. Oz Show, Fox Business News, Bloomberg Businessweek, Wired, Puget Sound Business Journal, Seattle Magazine, Seattle Met, and 425 Business.
As co-founder of LCA she created holistic outreach strategies in order to drive a consistent, impactful, and culturally relevant projects.

Tamara Power-Drutis

Tamara Power-Drutis

Chief of Staff

Tamara is the Chief of Staff at Amplifier, providing strategic support for Amplifier initiatives and team management and development. She is a member of the 2017 Young American Leaders Program cohort, and in 2016-2017 was an inaugural Henry M. Jackson Foundation Leadership Fellow, as well as a Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow researching innovative methods for engaging news audiences. Tamara is the former Executive Director of the Northwest independent news site Crosscut Public Media, which aims to inform a public capable of solving the challenges of our time. With a background in strategic partnerships and community engagement, Tamara believes firmly in the value of civil dialogue and servant leadership. She has served on the boards of the World Affairs Council, the Young Professionals International Network, and the Lesotho Connection. Tamara holds a B.A. in Political Science from Pacific Lutheran University.

Cleo Barnett

Cleo Barnett

Program Director

Cleo Barnett is a changemaker born in New Zealand and based in the United States. With ten years experience curating art in public spaces internationally, Cleo now works as the Program Director of Amplifier. As Amplifier’s first employee, Cleo has co-produced and co-curated multiple global public art campaigns including the iconic We The People Campaign, Women’s March on Washington, and March For Our Lives. The result was thousands of posters being distributed and downloaded across the country which shifted the cultural landscape of movement moments, and building the non-profit into a globally recognized art and social justice organization. Cleo holds an M.A. in Art and Public Policy from New York University, and a double B.A. in Political Science and International Business from the University of Auckland.

@cleobarnett

Cleobarnett.com

Isabella Sisneros

Isabella Sisneros

Program Coordinator

Isabella is Amplifier’s Program Coordinator. Last born into a large hispanic family in intercity Denver, she developed a sense of independence and survivalism at a tender age that has shaped the dynamic being she is today. Devoted to liberation and reconstructing a reality for all, she aims to be a facilitator and ground worker for social change using her intellect and passion for the arts, land stewardship and community building. She assists the organization with administration, merchandising and distribution, manages the Amplifier Art Lab and provides support to executive staff. She holds a B.S. degree from Colorado State University. 

Maribel Gonzalez

Maribel Gonzalez

Education Cohort Advisor

Maribel Valdez Gonzalez is an indigenous mother, Xicana, and San Antonio-born daughter of Mexican migrants committed to empowering youth to be their best selves. She was raised and is currently living in San Antonio, TX. She has dedicated the last 9 years to creating and supporting radical social change that centers on race, gender, climate, and migrant justice. She has taught secondary ELA in Harlandale Independent School District (HISD) for two years.  Maribel is certified to teach English in middle and high school. She has taught students who are learning English as a second language and live in a economically disadvantaged or historically-looted community. While teaching, she has organized and sponsored clubs and events that helped to highlight the importance of teaching culturally-diverse curriculum to her campus such as Black History Month and Family Literacy Night. She studied History with an emphasis on Mexican-American Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio and earned her Master’s Degree of Education in Educational Leadership with a focus on Restorative Justice Practices in the K-12 Classroom at Concordia University—Portland. Maribel is passionate about promoting literacy and facilitating the intellectual growth of the next generation using restorative justice practices and culturally-relevant curriculum.

Sarah Jacob

Sarah Jacob

Sarah is Amplifier’s first intern, and is an Indian American entrepreneur and current senior at TAF at Saghalie. She is currently the co-founder of Melan, a startup based on empowering women of color through fashion. She has helped curate pieces for three fashion shows so far and continues to create culturally inspired jewelry. Besides working on Melan, she has been actively apart of her school and city community. Spending the last two years apart of her school’s Speech Team, she was able to compete Nationally last year with her piece addressing rape culture. She’s also worked with organizations such as, Advancing Leadership Youth, in creating events to bring awareness for nonprofit organizations. Through all the activities that she’s participated in, her passion lies with humanitarian work and art. Her plans for the future are to continue Melan and become an international human rights lawyer as well as a US diplomat.

Advisory Board

Ernesto Yerena

Ernesto Yerena

Ernesto Yerena is an artist living in Los Angeles.  His art brings political concerns to light with subject matter that depicts cultural icons, rebels and everyday people voicing their stance against oppression. While Yerena identifies as Chicano he also strongly identifies as Native/Indigenous to this continent which is often seen in his work. Highly recognized for his activism, Yerena is the founder and curator of the Alto Arizona Art campaign (2010) as well as a founding member of the We Are Human campaign (2009).

Mike de la Rocha

Mike de la Rocha

Mike de la Rocha is the Founder and CEO of Revolve Impact. Believing in the power of arts and culture to drive innovation, Mike has designed and delivered some of the most influential campaigns of the last decade including: #SchoolsNotPrisons, an award-winning arts and music tour to lift up the youth vote as a catalyst for change; Artists for 47, a coalition including Brad Pitt, Rosario Dawson, Jay Z and others assembled to pass California’s historic Proposition 47; the Justice Policy Network, the country’s first fellowship to increase the number of leaders in the government sector advancing a new justice agenda, and; John Legend’s #FREEAMERICA criminal justice campaign. He has served as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Californians for Safety and Justice, Legislative Deputy for then L.A. City Council member (and now Congressman) Tony Cárdenas, and Policy Advisor for the L.A. Human Relations Commission. 

Mike has been awarded the Justice, Peace, and Justice Award by the AFL-CIO, named one of GOOD Magazine’s top 100 entrepreneurs changing the world, and a top innovators in America by Stanford’s Social Innovation Review.

Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey is one of the most accomplished street artists in the world, and creator and founder of Obey Clothing and Obey Giant, first becoming known for his “Andre The Giant has a Posse” sticker campaign while at the Rhode Island School of Design. He became widely known during the 2008 presidential election for his Barak Obama “Hope” poster.  His work is included in the collections at the Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Board

Anjali Kumar

Anjali Kumar

Treasurer

Anjali Kumar is an author, advisor and attorney.  She is the Chief People Officer and General Counsel at the post-cable network Cheddar Inc., having formerly served as General Counsel and Head of Social Innovation at Warby Parker and Senior Counsel at Google NY, where she curated the @Google speaker series.  Anjali is also an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School and serves as an advisor to prominent technology companies, fashion brands, consumer products, and non-profit organizations including Malala Fund, IDEO.org, Supreme/Splay and Organize.org. Her first book, Stalking God: My Unorthodox Search for Something to Believe, is out in January 2018 from Hachette.

Elizabeth B. Weil

Elizabeth B. Weil

Elizabeth B. Weil is a managing partner at 137 Ventures. Prior to joining 137, she was a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, where she worked with the consumer portfolio, Fortune 500 brands, and advertising agencies, and an early employee at Twitter, where she started the Corporate Development team and grew the Product Marketing team. Elizabeth previously worked at Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) and Menlo Ventures, and began her career at AuctionDrop and Xfire (acquired by MTV & Viacom, respectively). A lecturer at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, Elizabeth is also a board member on the Ad Council. She holds a BS in economics and an MA in management science and engineering from Stanford University, where she was a Mayfield Fellow and a Buck Scholar.

Eric Becker

Eric Becker

Eric Becker is an Emmy Award-winning director based in the Pacific Northwest and the founder of We Are Shouting, a commercial production company in Seattle. He is one of the founding board members of Amplifier. His domestic and international clients include Amazon, Nike, Skanska, Phase One, and Timex. Eric’s documentary work strives to communicate issues of social justice, conservation, and human rights by creating an emotional connection between viewer and subject. He most recently directed two episodes of MTV’s Rebel Music.

Jason Mayden

Jason Mayden

During his 13-year career at Nike, where he was the lead designer for Jordan Brand and helped develop the digital Nike+ platform, Jason Mayden created innovative performance products for such icons as Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Derek Jeter, and Michael Jordan. He is now CEO and cofounder of Super Heroic Inc., a business bringing the same level of performance to children and their families. Jason is an advisor and frequent lecturer at Stanford’s Institute of Design and Graduate School of Business, a former Designer in Residence at Accel Partners, and a member of Trillicon Valley, a group of innovators working to build a more inclusive world of tech.

Justin Ferrell

Justin Ferrell

Secretary

Justin joined the Institute of Design at Stanford University — aka “the d.school” — in 2012 to launch and direct its fellowship program. He previously worked at The Washington Post, most recently as the director of digital, mobile, and new product design. Justin designed the investigative series “Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency,” winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, and four other Pulitzer finalists. He teaches graduate courses in design thinking, creativity and organization design, and has spoken on creative culture and organizational change in venues including the SXSW Interactive festival in Austin, the Norwegian Research Council in Oslo, the U.S. Embassy in Dublin, and Education City in Qatar.

McKenzie Funk

McKenzie Funk

President

McKenzie Funk is a journalist whose stories on social issues and the environment appear in Harper’s, National Geographic, and The New York Times Magazine. His first book, Windfall (2014), won a PEN Literary Award and was named a book of the year by The New Yorker, Mother Jones, Salon, and Amazon.com. Mac is a fellow at the Open Society Foundations, a story consultant at the Center for Investigative Reporting, and a founding member of the global journalism cooperative Deca. He speaks English, Spanish, German, Italian, and Russian.

Paola Mendoza

Paola Mendoza

Paola Mendoza is a film director, author, and co-founder of The Soze Agency. She was the artistic director for the Women’s March on Washington. As a director she was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. Her films have continually tackled the effects of poverty and immigration on women and children in the United States.  Her first novel, The Ones Who Don’t Stay, was published by Penguin Books in 2013.