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Board of Directors

Diana Barrett

Diana Barrett holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Business Administration from Harvard University, where she taught Business Leadership in the Social Sector as well as in various other executive programs. The use of public and private partnerships for global poverty reduction is an area of special interest to Diana, which led her to found The Fledgling Fund (2005). The Fledgling Fund provides an opportunity to focus on innovative approaches to complex social issues including the use of media to ignite social change. Diana also serves on the Boards of the International Center for Photography, the Institute for Philanthropy in the U.K., the Social Change Film Forum at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Advisory Board of the Acumen Fund.

Julie Lee

Named one of Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology (2010), Julie Lee is the CEO & Co-Founder of edtwist, a knowledge network to build communities based on common passion for learning.

Julie was most recently one of the founding members of VEVO, the leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform, where she was responsible for defining and executing upon VEVO’s growth strategy with oversight of all business development, business affairs and licensing. Julie previously lead development efforts for Universal Music Group (UMG) with partners including Apple, AT&T and WalMart to deploy new digital products, services and business models. Prior to UMG, Julie was part of Sony Pictures’ digital media incubator, Sony Pictures Digital, where she launched and developed Sony Pictures Mobile, and divested GoPlayTV (interactive TV service sold to YooMedia). Julie also held senior positions with Gemstar-TV Guide and Global Crossing. Julie began her career with Ernst & Young, where she primarily focused on the technology, biotechnology and financial services industries.

Michael H. Levine, Ph.D

As Executive Director of the Sesame Workshops’ Joan Ganz Cooney Center, Dr. Levine oversees efforts to catalyze and support research, innovation, and investment in educational media technologies for young children. Prior to joining the Center, Michael served as Vice President of New Media and Executive Director of Education for Asia Society, managing the global nonprofit organization’s interactive media and educational initiatives to promote knowledge and understanding of Asia and other world regions, languages and cultures.  Previously, he oversaw the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s groundbreaking work in early childhood development, educational media, and primary grades reform and was a senior advisor to the New York City Schools Chancellor, where he directed dropout prevention, afterschool, and early childhood initiatives. Michael has been a frequent adviser to the U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, writes for public affairs journals, and appears frequently in the media.

Erica Spellman-Silverman

Erica Spellman-Silverman was a Senior Vice-President at both ICM and William Morris Publishing in New York City. She has taught as Adjunct Professor for 2 years in MFA Program at NYU Tisch Film School. She was invited to give her lecture, “The Business of The Movie Business” at Harvard Law School, Harvard School of Business, NYU Creative Writing, Columbia University Film School, and Bennington College. Erica received a B.A. from NYU in English. She currently holds the position of Literary Agent for Trident Media Group.

National Advisory Council

We are very proud of the prominent members of our National Advisory Council, who volunteer their efforts on our behalf in multiple ways. By supporting Journeys in Film, each individual listed below understands and supports the critical need for preparing today’s American youth for participation in our increasingly interdependent world.

Liam Neeson | Founding Spokesperson | A Letter From Liam

Brooke Adams | Actor

Alexi Ashe Meyers| Lawyer

Sharon Bialy | Casting Director,CSA

Ted Danson | Actor

Professor Alan Dershowitz | Harvard Law School

Sara Jo Fischer | Independent Art Consultant

Gary Foster | Horseshoe Bay Productions

Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. | Chair of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Jill Iscol | Ed President IF Hummingbird Foundation

Rosabeth Moss Kanter | Harvard Business School

Bruce R. Katz | Rockport Shoe Company

William Nix| Chairman, Creative Projects Group

Harold Ramis | Director, Writer, Actor In Memorium

Kevin Roache | Continental Airlines

Emily Shagley | Marketing Specialist

Tony Shalhoub | Actor | An Interview with Tony

Professor Richard A. Shweder | University of Chicago

Mary Steenburgen | Actor

Walter Teller | Law Firm of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren & Richman, LLP

Loung Ung| Spokesperson for The Cambodia Fund

Elizabeth Clark Zoia | Public Relations Specialist

.*We would like to give special recognition to the late Sonia Weitz, a holocaust survivor, for her valuable service on our National Advisory Council.  She was a remarkable woman who dedicated her life to educating youth about the dangers of ignorance and bigotry, through her firsthand testimonies.  View our Sonia Weitz Legacy page to learn more.*