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As policy director, Brandy advocates for rules that support low power radio and democratic media at the Federal Communications Commission and in Congress. She has been involved in community radio since 2003, when she got her start as a local news reporter for WMNF Community Radio in Tampa, Florida. While in Florida, she also worked as the communications director at a medical research organization for four years, freelanced for the local paper, managed communications for small nonprofits, fought for bicycle transportation infrastructure, 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.
Ana joined the Prometheus staff in January as the Technical and Training Coordinator. She was born in Mexico City and her passion is the promotion of independent media for social justice. She participated in technical and training support in community radio stations in Mexico, Central America and the US. In 2003, in conjunction with the Beehive Collective, launched a media caravan all over across Central America documenting the affectations of NAFTA and Plan Puebla Panama.
Member of the Flujos Collective, since 2008, a media group dedicated to developing educational materials and sharing technical skills with grassroots movements interested in creating independent media. While there, Ana collaborated in the development of the technical manual of Flujos Vivos-CD in collaboration with other collectives, autonomous spaces and individuals from free media collectives in Mexico.
Jeff's passion is harnessing the power of media to build social movements in Philly and across the country. As a grassroots organizer, he has supported and trained students, workers, veterans, and environmentalists to elevate their voices and strengthen their struggles. Jeff first came to Prometheus during our successful campaign to pass the Local Community Radio Act, when he helped garner national media attention and organized calls to Senators blocking the bill.
Recently, he has worked with Iraq Veterans Against the War and the Civilian-Soldier Alliance to support the leadership of active-duty servicemembers and veterans organizing to build a GI resistance movement. He embarked on a three-month long caravan to the U.S. Social Forum 2010 as Poverty Working Group Field Organizer. Jeff received his B.S. in Communications from Drexel University, where he focused on the democratization of media in the United States.
Director of Development and Communications
Julia joined Prometheus in October 2012 after several years of working with the organization. She is excited to connect supporters to Prometheus to ensure that our great work will continue for many years to come!
Julia grew up in the Philadelphia area, and has been a radio enthusiast since childhood. Whether it was making her own crystal radio set or creating audio tape archives of the airwaves, she has an extensive knowledge and interest in the medium. Julia's work within the field includes ten years as a DJ and consultant at WPRB FM in Princeton, NJ. She also worked as an associate producer for WHYY in Philadelphia and volunteered for WFMU in Jersey City, NJ. She is also a member of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia. She has an Associate Degree in Communications from Camden County College.
A native of Philadelphia, Anthony worked a variety of administrative jobs, going to school part time until finally receiving his BAS in Sociology from Temple University in 2000. Shortly after that, while volunteering and DJing with (alas, now defunct local community radio project) Radio Volta, he was sucked into the Prometheus vortex- first joining as as a volunteer in the Fall of 2002, then coming on full time as Administrative Director in Fall of 2003. In his spare time, Anthony practices photography and audio production documenting graffiti in Philadelphia- the birthplace of the art- and maintains the website- www.tax-report.org on the subject.
Before teaming up with Prometheus, Ian spent a year at the School District of Philadelphia teaching Spanish in grades K-6. He is down with the cause. You can find him online at twitter.com/withanothername.
Director of Operations
Stephanie has been working on social justice issues in Philadelphia for more than 20 years. She spent several years raising money in support of HIV/AIDS work at ActionAIDS, where she coordinated Dining Out for Life, at he AIDS Fund, where she grew the AIDS Walk from $625, 000 to $1.2 million in a two year time frame, and at MANNA, where she introduced Pie in the Sky, an event that continues to raise significant revenue in support of their mission.
Stephanie was the founding director of Reboot Philadelphia, an organization that worked to bridge the digital divide in underserved communities, and served as director of development at Habitat Philadelphia. Most recently, Stephanie was the chef/owner of Sweetie’s Pie Diner, a vegetarian restaurant serving locally sourced foods.
Nan Rubin, Chair
NAN RUBIN has been creating and supporting community-based media projects for more than thirty years. She built two community radio stations – WAIF in Cincinnati, and KUVO in Denver – and she is a founder of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters and AMARC (Association Mondiale des Radio Diffuseurs Communautaires/World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters). Her business COMMUNITY MEDIA SERVICES has been advising public television and radio stations, independent producers, media service organizations, social justice groups and foundations since 1985. Her specialties include feasibility studies, policy analysis, organizational assessments, and facilities and technology planning, and she has worked extensively with minority and ethnic media, especially Native media.
Nan has been central in helping shape the modern media reform movement through her efforts focused on expanding access to spectrum and communications infrastructure. She organized the influential Highlander Media Justice Gathering; assisted the Ford Foundation on building grass roots activism for media policy; coordinated an important national project on public television preservation for the Library of Congress; and helped create the Media Justice movement. Nan chairs the Board of the Prometheus Radio Project and serves informally as technology and strategic adviser to a wide range of media and telecommunications groups, youth media projects, and independent production organizations. Read more . . .
Cheryl Leanza, Treasurer
Cheryl is the President of her consulting firm, A Learned Hand, LLC, www.alearnedhand.com. In this capacity she serves as policy advisor to the United Church of Christ’s historic media advocacy arm and as the Co-Chair of the Leadership Conference of Civil and Human Rights Media & Telecommunications Task Force. Her clients have included National Federation of Community Broadcasters, Future of Music Coalition, Public Knowledge, and Native Public Media, among others. Cheryl also teaches communications policy and First Amendment at Georgetown University. Read more . . .
Kai Aiyetoro served as Low Power FM Director with the NFCB from April 2002 through October 2004. Kai is semi-retired and part time Operations Manager of the Spiritual Empowerment Center in Baltimore MD.
Kai previously served as COO for the National Federation of Community Broadcasters; General Manager at WRFG-FM in Atlanta, GA; Program/Music Director at KJLU-FM in Jefferson City, MO; Development Director and Operations Director at KKFI-FM in Kansas City, MO. Read more . . .
Shauna M. Duffy, CPA, MBA
Shauna is a Senior Accountant in the Not-for-Profit Division at Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co., Ltd., a public accounting firm. She provides audit, tax and consulting services to nonprofit clients. Shauna is also an adjunct professor in the Graduate School at Johnson & Wales University, teaching several accounting courses. Read more . . .
Jeanette is a Public Policy Consultant and media and social justice policy "edu-actionist." She works with WRFG-FM 89.3 Community Radio in Atlanta.
Nathaniel James, MSc - Secretary
Nathaniel is an independent consultant, focusing on strategic planning (communications, content, community), innovation and organizational development (including business & programmatic development, coaching, event design and facilitation) in the social enterprise, non-profit and philanthropic sectors. Current clients include Native American Public Telecommunications and Inspired Legacies. Read more . . .
Jenny Weissbourd, BA
Jenny is in the first year of her first term on the Prometheus Radio Project’s Board and lives in South Philadelphia. She serves on the Fundraising Committee and the Board Recruitment and Governance Committee.
Affiliations: Brown Student and Community Radio – former General Manager, Volunteer Director, and DJ; Member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Philadelphia Chapter.
Professional: Jenny manages the individual and corporate fundraising programs at The Food Trust, a nationally recognized nonprofit working to increase access to affordable, nutritious food in underserved communities. Previously, she worked as a nonprofit consultant at Fairmount Ventures, a boutique Philadelphia firm specializing in resource development, strategic planning, and organizational development. At Fairmount, Jenny supported more than 30 nonprofits in and around Philadelphia to build capacity and resources. She finds it especially exciting to help grassroots organizations develop creative strategies to grow and diversify their revenue mix.