Staff

Aaron Huey

Aaron Huey

Executive Director

Huey is a National Geographic photographer, a Stanford Media Designer, and Executive Director of The Amplifier Foundation. 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

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.

Shin Yu Pai

Shin Yu Pai

Director of Development and Marketing

In her role at Amplifier, Shin Yu oversees grant proposals and fundraising for the organization and directs strategic marketing and public relations. She has served as an organizational consultant and program manager for Philanthropy Northwest and worked on the fundraising team at ArtsFund. She is former managing director of the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation and has served on grant panels for Artist Trust, On The Boards, and the Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Shin Yu is a writer, artist, curator, and community builder and uses poetry as a tool for civic engagement in her work as the fourth Poet Laureate of The City of Redmond, and as a speaker for the Humanities Washington Speaker Bureau. She has an M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an M.A. in Museum Studies from The University of Washington.

Cleo Barnett

Cleo Barnett

Program Director

Cleo is a curator and artist born in New Zealand and based in Brooklyn, New York. In solidarity with her international networks, Cleo’s work creates space for community building. This manifests in the form of public art campaigns, festivals, exhibitions, and immersive installations. In 2016 Cleo graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a masters in Art and Public Policy. She earned her undergraduate degrees from the University of Auckland in 2013, double majoring in Political Science and International Business. Today she continues to work in New Zealand and across the United States.
www.cleobarnett.com

Ala’ Khan

Ala’ Khan

Communications and Campaign Manager

Ala’ manages multi-platform content creation and storytelling for Amplifier’s various initiatives. She is a filmmaker and digital media storyteller with a history degree from the The University of California, Berkeley. Currently working towards an M.A. in Communication Leadership at the University of Washington, Ala’ has worked with startups, local businesses, and nonprofits in creating and implementing digital media strategies. With a global focus, Ala’ enjoys working with clients around the world.

Kristin Moore

Kristin Moore

Finance and Operations Manager

Kristin oversees all aspects of finance, human resources, and contracts for Amplifier. She holds an M.A. in Public Policy from The University of Washington and an M.Ed. from the University of Colorado. Kristin served as Executive Director of the Honor The Treaties, an organization dedicated to amplifying the voices of Indigenous communities through art and advocacy. She has worked in varied contexts in the nonprofit sector and has served in roles at the Young Women’s Leadership Program in Yemen, First Place in Seattle, Tibetan Children’s Village in India, and Turquoise Mountain Foundation in Kabul.  

Isabella Sisneros

Isabella Sisneros

Administrative and Distribution Coordinator

Isabella is Amplifier’s Administrative and Distribution Coordinator. She assists the organization with administrative operations and provides support to executive staff. She manages distribution for Amplifier’s donations made through crowd funding campaigns and through the website. She is a Colorado native and holds a B.S. degree from Colorado State University.

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

McKenzie Funk

McKenzie Funk

President

McKenzie Funk grew up in Oregon and studied philosophy, literature, and foreign languages at Swarthmore College. Since 2000, his reporting has taken him all over the United States and to dozens of countries on six continents. A National Magazine Award finalist and former Knight-Wallace Fellow, he won the Oakes Prize for a story about the melting Arctic and was a finalist for the Livingston Award for his interview in Tajikistan with one of the first prisoners released from Guantanamo Bay. Mac is a founding member of Deca, the global journalism cooperative, and his writing has appeared in Harper’s, National Geographic, Outside, Rolling Stone, Bloomberg Businessweek, and The New York Times Magazine. Windfall, his first book, was named a book of the year by The New Yorker, Mother Jones, Salon, and Amazon.com and was the winner of a 2015 PEN Literary Award.

Anjali Kumar

Anjali Kumar

Treasurer

Anjali Kumar is an author, advisor and attorney.   In slightly more official terms, most recently she was the Founding General Counsel and Head of Social Innovation at Warby Parker.  Prior to joining Warby Parker, Anjali was Senior Counsel at Google NY, where she was a commercial and product attorney on areas ranging from Google X to advertising technology to YouTube.  She also curated the @Google speaker series, bringing Googlers around the globe face-to-face with some of today’s most prominent thinkers.  Anjali is at work on her first book, Stalking God (Hachette 2017), which humorously chronicles her attempts to answer questions she can’t Google an answer to for her 6 year old daughter, the co-creator and host of the forthcoming podcast “Unsearchable”, and co-creator with Questlove of The Roots and host of the web series “Questlove Presents: Slightly Reserved with Anjali Kumar”.

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, helping entrepreneurial professionals learn and apply design thinking to organization design, to create and spread behavior-driven systemic change. A career journalist, he worked for seven years at The Washington Post, most recently as the director of digital, mobile & new product design. Also a prolific visual storyteller, Justin designed the investigative series “Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency,” winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, and four other Pulitzer finalists. Justin teaches Stanford graduate courses in design thinking, creativity and organization design, and has spoken on creative culture and organizational change in many venues, from the SXSW Interactive festival in Austin; to the Norwegian Research Council in Oslo; to the U.S. Embassy in Dublin; to Education City in Doha, Qatar.

Eric Becker

Eric Becker

Eric Becker is an Emmy Award-winning director based in Seattle. His work seeks to create an emotional connection between the viewer and subject through intimate, authentic portraiture and storytelling. His pieces have been seen in festivals, on television, and online. He is the founder and owner of We Are Shouting, a commercial production company in Seattle that provides work to a range of clients both domestic and international, including Amazon, Nike, Skanska, Phase One, and Timex. Eric’s documentary work strives to communicate issues of social justice, conservation, and human rights. He most recently directed two episodes of MTV’s Rebel Music.