Team

Richard GreenbergRichard Greenberg, Founding Partner and President

Rick draws upon his broad experience in policy reform – from his early years as a policy analyst to his work as a director  of strategic communications to his success directing social policy reform campaigns. However, it was his time as a foundation president, running The Fund for New Jersey, that helped him to fully realize his vision for data-driven digital storytelling. Rick’s work at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice has won national recognition. As the Institute’s Director of Equal Justice Policy & Programs and Director of Strategic Communications, Rick successfully led the Second Chance Campaign to change New Jersey’s prisoner reentry laws. Through that work, he came to be known as one of the nation’s foremost authorities on and advocates for systemic criminal justice reform. The New York Times called the Second Chance Campaign’s legislative package, “a model for the rest of the nation.”

 

Deborah HowlettDeborah Howlett, Senior Partner

 Deb is an old school journalist with a passion for new media. An award-winning reporter for the national newspaper USA Today, she has covered presidential campaigns, natural disasters, two NFL Super Bowls and the war in Afghanistan. She has also served as a communications director for a governor of New Jersey and as president of a highly regarded state policy think tank. Howlett is now combining her skills as a storyteller with emerging digital and video technologies to create powerful, progressive change in public policy.

 

Lorne LiebLorne Lieb, Consulting Producer

Lorne founded Plowshares Media with one goal, to bring affordable video solutions to mission driven organizations. He brings to this endeavor expertise built over years producing and associate producing critically acclaimed television programs such as the groundbreaking PBS Frontline specialMuslims (for which he won a Cine), the series Television in AmericaABC Nightline: One Muslim Voice, and The People Speak (History Channel). His background in community and labor organizing also aids him in developing the innovative educational and community engagement campaigns that accompany his projects. He has created video solutions for non-profit clients the Harlem Educational Activities Fund, Dartmouth Medical School, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and The NYC Coalition for Behavioral Health, among many others.

 

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Liz Zimiles, Digital Media Fellow

Liz Zimiles is a graduate from The Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University ’12. She has worked in television production on several VH1 and MTV television programs, as well as the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Her background in production helps enable Amplify Inc. to provide compelling broadcast media campaigns.

 

 

 

Akintola Hanif

Akintola Hanif, Consulting Producer

Akintola is best known for his stunning and compassionate portraits of the urban underclass. For nearly a decade he has been photographing gang members in Northern New Jersey, where he has also chronicled the lives of housing project residents, the homeless, and the artistic and sexual subcultures of his subjects. His first film, “Freedom of Everybody Dies,” a 5-minute mixed media short, has been showcased in the kick-off for the Museum of African Music and the Black Harvest International Film Festival. His film “Moral Panic: More Heat Than Light,” produced by the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, debuted at the Newark Museum and was featured in screenings at Princeton and Columbia University.Currently, Akintola works as the resident documentarian at New Jersey’s YouthBuild Newark program and has recently created several films for the Central Ward Boys and Girls Club and the Clinton Hill Weed and Seed Partnership.

 

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Noah Litvin, Digital Media Producer

Noah Litvin is a New York City-based digital media producer. He codes websites, edits copy, designs logos, and produces video. He is a graduate of St. John’s College, Annapolis, where he studied philosophy, worked in a planetarium, and played intercollegiate croquet.