Project Team

COMMUNITY MEDIA DATABASE 1.0: A PILOT PROJECT FUNDED BY THE BENTON FOUNDATION

PROJECT DIRECTOR
Rob McCausland


Rob McCausland has been involved in community access television since 1979, when he co-founded the Boston Cable Access Television Coalition, which advocated for access provisions in Boston’s first cable franchise. He has served as Studio and Cablecast Manager for Boston Neighborhood Network, Executive Director for Beverly Community Access Media, and most recently, as Director of Information and Organizing Services for the Alliance for Community Media. Currently he is the Virginia representative on the Alliance of Community Media’s Mid-Atlantic Region Board of Directors, and serves on the editorial board for the Community Media Review.

PROJECT COLLABORATORS

Prometheus Radio Project
Brandy Doyle, Regulatory Policy Director

Brandy Doyle is policy director at the Prometheus Radio Project, the leading advocate for low power FM (LPFM) community radio. Brandy steers the organization’s policy agenda, advocating for rules that support LPFM and democratic media at the Federal Communications Commission and in Congress. Brandy has been involved in community radio since 2003, when she got her start as a local news reporter for WMNF Community Radio in Tampa, Fla. While in Florida, she worked as the communications director at a medical research organization for four years, freelanced for the local paper, managed communications for small nonprofits, and worked on an organic farm. Brandy is a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at Cornell University, where her research is focused on the struggle to license community radio in Guatemala. She received her B.A. in anthropology and literature from New College of Florida in 2001.

Katie Ingersoll, Regulatory and Technology Vista

Katie recently received a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. She has worked in libraries of all kinds and probably will again some day.  While at Prometheus she will be working to build organizational capacity as a regulatory and technology VISTA, unearthing facts, figures and stories about community radio.

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Greta Byrum

Born in Trenton, New Jersey, Greta Byrum now lives on the border between Queens and Brooklyn. She is a co-founder of curatorial team dBfoundation (dBfoundation.org) and  Nobody Books (nobodyzone.com). Greta has created and curated exhibitions, sound designs, and transmissions in museums, galleries, theaters, and radios in NY, LA, DC, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Cairo, and Dallas. She is currently an M.Sc. candidate in Urban Planning at Columbia University’s Graduate School for Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, and holds an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and an MA in Literature from Johns Hopkins.

Dean Zambrano

Dean Zambrano is a Research Intern with the Media Policy Initiative at the New America Foundation. Mr. Zambrano is currently pursuing Ph.D. courses in Communications at Columbia University--in preparation for his Ph.D. His specialized study is the intersection of media policy and technology. Mr. Zambrano recently collaborated on a published report, "Media, Information Systems and Communities: Lessons From Haiti", which focused on the use of New Media during the post-Haiti earthquake relief efforts. Prior to his continuing studies, Mr. Zambrano worked in the implementation of information and telecommunications systems, and operations management. He holds a Master's degree in Information Management from Syracuse University, where his specialized study involved Information and Telecommunications Policy.

PROJECT ADVISORS

The Benton Foundation
Cecilia Garcia, Executive Director

Cecilia Garcia first joined the Benton Foundation in 1997. She most  recently served as executive director of Connect for Kids. Her broad  range of experience includes work as a press secretary for a Member of the U.S House of Representatives. As communications director for a national Latino nonprofit organization, she worked to create greater avenues of access for the Latino community into the political process through leadership development programs, legislative conferences, a seven-site electronic town meeting and the creation of the organization's web site. Cecilia coordinated state outreach activities, developed teacher training models for classroom use, and worked on the CD-ROM version of "Chicano: History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement," a four-part PBS documentary produced by the National Latino Communication Center. She began her extensive career in communications producing and directing public and community affairs programming at WTVS, Detroit's public television station. Cecilia earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wayne State University in 1988. Affiliations: Media & Democracy Coalition Board of Directors, Foundation Center Advisory Committee, and Council on Foundations Film & Video Festival Task Force.

New America Foundation, Media Policy Initiative
Tom Glaisyer, Knight Media Policy Fellow


As a Knight Media Policy Fellow at New America, Tom Glaisyer coordinates the Media Policy Program at the New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative.  Through tracking media policy initiatives at the federal level, and innovative efforts in local communities across the country, Glaisyer reports on the successes and failures, along with their implications for the recommendations from the Knight Commission's recently published report, "Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age,” which focused on ensuring communities nationwide are better informed. Mr. Glaisyer's research focuses in particular on policies to reform public media, increase independent reporting on issues of public interest, and help citizens access and engage with high-quality information.

Mr. Glaisyer is a Ph.D. candidate from Columbia University's School of Journalism where he has focused on the interplay between media and political processes and institutions.  Before joining New America he acted as a consultant and analyst leveraging online platforms for knowledge management as well as for building and sustaining advocacy networks. Prior to this he worked for more than fourteen years across Europe and the United States where his work centered on information technology implementation and organizational change.  He holds a Masters Degree in International  Affairs from Columbia University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and Economics from the University of Birmingham in England, and has passed the qualifying exams of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

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