UHRI Advisory Board
Caitlin is a dynamic and entrepreneurial leader with eighteen years of demonstrated success in civic engagement, nonprofit management, and policy advocacy. In 2002 Caitlin helped launch Oregon’s youth civic engagement organization, the Bus Project, where she served as executive director from 2011-2013. While at the Bus Project, Caitlin founded and led the organization’s nationally recognized leadership program, PolitiCorps, which has engaged more than 200 aspiring young leaders in public service. The program’s graduates have gone on to lead local and national civic organizations, and to hold staff roles in The White House, US Congressional offices, Oregon’s Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer, legislative offices, and multiple City of Portland, Multnomah County and Metro offices. While at the Bus Project, Caitlin served on the founding boards of The Mother PAC, a mother-led political group focused on supporting candidates who will be champions for women’s economic security, and Oregon Voice, a non-profit creating infrastructure for progressive civic organizations around the state.
Bryonn Bain, MA, JD
Bryonn Bain is a prison activist, spoken word poet, hip hop artist, actor, author and educator. He is currently on the faculty of the African American Studies Department at UCLA. Cornel West has described Bryonn as an artist who "…speaks his truth with a power we desperately need to hear." Bain's discussions and debates have aired weekly in 28 million homes worldwide on BET's award-winning talk show "My Two Cents," where his guests have included Jim Jones, LL Cool J, Snoop Dogg, Ciara, Damon Dash, Malik Yoba, Omali Yeshitela and Malik Zulu Shabazz. Bryonn has lectured and performed at over 100 colleges and correctional facilities in the U.S., Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. After launching the "Lyrics on Lockdown" national prison tour/campaign, Bain created the university course by the same name to link students at Rikers Island prison to NYU, The New School, Columbia, and has performed the hip hop theater/spoken word production "Lyrics from Lockdown" (executive produced by Gina and Harry Belafonte) for sold-out theaters on three continents worldwide. A Nuyorican Grand Slam Poetry Champion, Bryonn ranked #1 in the nation and placed second in the world during the 2000 International Poetry Slam. Bain has taught courses on hip hop, spoken word and the prison crisis at Brooklyn College, New York University, The New School, Columbia University, on the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University, and at Harvard University's Dramatic Arts Division.
Isabelle Barros, MA
Originally from Senegal, Isabelle is a language specialist with extensive experience in media and communications. She has worked for Sony and Participant Media. A certified ESL instructor, Isabelle has been involved in numerous social causes and has used her skills in language to help many different organizations.
Julie is a Sundance Institute Documentary Fellow, and the Director and Producer of the award-winning documentary, THE SARI SOLDIERS, for which she received the 2008 Nestor Almendros Prize for courage and commitment in human rights filmmaking. Over the past six years, she has lived for extended periods in Nepal where she produced and directed numerous documentaries including several documentaries for the United Nations and the films INDENTURED DAUGHTERS, a documentary on Nepali girls sent into bonded labor, as well as the films HOPE IN THE HIMALAYAS and CHILDREN OF HOPE for the Nepalese Youth Opportunity Foundation. She has produced and directed numerous documentary series that have taken her around the globe, including "Exotic Islands”, and the series "Royal Families of the World,” as well as documentary series for the BBC, the Discovery Channel and TLC. Before working in documentary television, she worked in Costa Rica as a Project Officer for an environmental project with the United Nations, and in Bolivia as a researcher for a human rights organization.
Bernadette Bürgi, MA, PhD
Bernadette Bürgi is a Swiss filmmaker and a partner at Flying Box Productions. After several years of marketing, media and management experience, Bernadette wrote her doctoral thesis on Corporate Television 2.0. She received her Ph.D., summa cum laude, in Economics (Dr. rer. oec.) from the University of Bern, Switzerland and also holds a Master of Arts in Marketing and Management as well as a diploma of journalism from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Bernadette has produced numerous corporate films, music videos, web series and documentaries.
Nicole Cifani, MA
Nicole is a digital marketing and media specialist with years of experience in strategic growth of online properties. She has worked with VIP clientele such as the LA Kings, Madonna, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gabriel Iglesias, the Staples Center, TEDxWomen, and the San Diego Zoo, forging strategic partnerships, closing key deals, and working on feature integrations such as live video streaming and interactive maps. Nicole currently works on growth initiatives for a handful of companies ranging from apps (entertainment, photo & video) to e-commerce sites. She is also a writer for several initiatives including the company Everwise. Formerly Nicole worked for the Guggenheim Foundation where she led interactive efforts and digital strategy, lead the accounts team at Fueled, a mobile-first design and development agency, and was Interactive Director of Partner Relations at Yahoo! Music.
Erin Debenport, PhD
A professor in the UCLA Department of Anthropology, Erin is a linguistic and sociocultural anthropologist, interested in technologies of language circulation, secrecy and (in)visibility, indigeneity and sovereignty, and critical language documentation. Her work is concentrated in the Pueblo Southwest and the Mexico-Texas-New Mexico border region. She has contributed to language documentation and revitalization programs in Kiowa-Tanoan speaking communities, collaborating with community members on creating archives and pedagogical materials. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, Language & Communication, International journal of the Sociology of Language,and American Indian Culture and Research Journal.
Julia Meltzer, MFA
Julia is an artist and director of Clockshop, a Los Angeles non-profit, and advises the LAANE Foundation (Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy). Her work takes up subjects ranging from the bureaucracy of secrecy to contemporary politics in the Middle East. Julia’s feature-length documentary, The Light In Her Eyes, about a Qur’an school for women and girls in Damascus, Syria, had its world premiere at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam and was be broadcast nationally as part of the 25th anniversary season of POV on PBS in July 2012. Julia has taught at Hampshire College and UC Irvine. She received her BA from Brown University and her MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Julia is a recipient of grants from Art Matters, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship Fund. She was a Fulbright Fellow in Damascus, Syria in 2005–6 and a Guggenheim Fellow in 2009-10.
Lauren Movius, PhD
Lauren earned her Ph.D. from USC Annenberg. She is an Assistant Professor at Santa Monica College’s Communication and Media Studies Department. Previously, she was Visiting Assistant Professor at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism London Program and a Visiting Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Lauren’s research interests include global media, mass media and society, new and social media technologies, and globalization. Lauren's work has been published in several journals, including: Journal of Communication, International Journal of Communication, Global Media Journal, Journal of Global Communication, and Platform: Journal of Media and Communication.
Dawn Peebles Lincoln, MA
Dawn is a senior analyst and strategy advisor at one of the world’s leading counterterrorism organizations specializing in preventing online radicalization. Previously, Ms. Lincoln served with the United Nations for nearly ten years, at headquarters and in the field working in and on Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. Her field assignments included Nepal (2006-2009), as a human rights officer and political analyst, and Sudan/South Sudan (2010-2012), as a political analyst and advisor to the Special Representative of the Secretary General. From 2013-2015, she served as a Political Affairs officer with the Department of Political Affairs, working in support of the UN’s Special Envoy for the Syrian crisis. Prior to joining the United Nations, Dawn worked with Human Rights Watch and helped establish a protective accompaniment network for victims of human rights abuses in Nepal.
Tim Rieser, JD
Tim graduated from The Putney School, in Putney, VT, in 1970 and attended Stanford University and Dartmouth College, receiving his BA from Dartmouth in 1976. He attended the Duke University School of Law and the Antioch School of Law, receiving his JD from Antioch in 1979. From 1980-83 he served as a public defender in Barre, VT and then spent a year as a teaching assistant under Professor Roger Fisher at the Harvard Law School Negotiation Project. In 1985 he began working for U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on judiciary issues, and then foreign policy in 1987. In 1989, when Senator Leahy became chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Tim joined the Subcommittee as a professional staff member. In 1995 he became the Democratic Clerk for what by then was the Subcommittee on the Department of State and Foreign Operations, and has held that position ever since, handling appropriations for State Department operations and U.S. foreign assistance programs. He also serves as Senator Leahy’s senior foreign policy aide.
Mandira Sharma, LLM
Lawyer and human rights defender Mandira Sharma co-founded Advocacy Forum in 2001, Nepal’s trail blazing organisation of human rights lawyers. Mandira grew up in a remote area in western Nepal and, encouraged by her mother, became the first woman in her village to become a lawyer. She studied in Kathmandu and gained a scholarship to do her L.L.M. (Master of Law) at the University of Essex. Mandira and her colleagues represent victims and work to achieve justice by bringing their cases to courts in Nepal as well as harnessing media attention and international support to campaign for legal reforms. In 2006 Mandira won the Human Rights Watch prestigious Human Rights Defender Award. HRW said at the time: “Mandira and her colleagues are struggling to make sure that any peace talks address the needs and demands of the Nepali people, not just their political leaders…. Mandira and Advocacy Forum stand for justice, and bitter experience from around the world shows that peace without justice is illusory.”
Anna Simon, MD, PhD
Anna received her MD in 1999, my PhD in 2004 and became FRCP(Edin) in 2016. She is a consultant in internal medicine and infectious diseases, and associate professor, in the Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. In 2015, Anna published a historical novel in Dutch, and in May 2016 a book (as co-author) about my experiences working for Doctors without Borders in Sierra Leone during the Ebola epidemic in 2014 ("Ebola - behind the mask"). She is a volunteer administrator for LibriVox, an internet-based non-profit focussing on creating audiobooks for the masses.
Cristóbal is an accomplished video director, production designer, visual artist and photographer. He has directed numerous commercials (Samsung, Budweiser, Converse, etc.) and music videos (Rihanna, JLo, Britney Spears, Wyclef Jean, etc.). His production design has been featured in music videos by Ludacris, Ricky Martin and Madonna. Cristóbal was also responsible for the #NoMasButts project, which highlights the tobacco industry’s destruction of the environment.
Eric J. Wiesner, JD
Eric is an attorney with extensive experience in the areas of labor and human rights law. After clerking in US District Court (Northern California District), he went on to become an accomplished litigator at Morrison & Foerster LLP before moving to Mexico and joining the staff of Proyecto de Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales, A.C. (ProDESC), a non-profit focussing on human rights. In addition, Eric is a legal consultant for PODER - Project on Organizing, Development, Education and Research, a Mexican non-profit dedicated to improving international corporate transparency and accountability.
Kelly is the founder of the award winning communications firm Main & Rose. She is a brand strategist with over 15 years’ experience crafting world-class campaigns for companies like UNWomen, TED, and City of Hope. She has created strategic partnerships and charitable initiatives for BCBG and H.E.L.P. Malawi Foundation to build schools in Malawi and brought Vanity Fair, Brioni and Artists for Peace & Justice together to aid development projects in Haiti. She designs personal branding strategies for public figures, CEOs, and political leaders, and writes about branding and marketing for outlets like Fortune and Inc Magazine. Kelly has spoken at Levo League and General Assembly among others and has moderated conversations on the power of your personal brand. She is a Nexus Global delegate, a member of Entrepreneurs Organization, and a mentor for TED ED.
Beth is managing partner of the award-winning communication firm Main & Rose and an author, journalist and brand strategist to the world’s most iconic Fortune 500 companies, celebrities, world leaders and CEOs. She has spoken at the United Nations, Google, TEDx and numerous universities and summits and has been featured in Forbes, CNN, HuffPost and more. In 2017, she was named by Inc. Magazine as a top branding expert to watch and she began her career by launching an apparel brand designed to give back that planted more than 40,000 trees in endangered forests and helped children attend school in 20 countries. She sits on the Pacific Council on International Policy and the Forbes Young Entrepreneur Council.