Evelyn Hsu, Co-Executive Director, Programming and Operations


Evelyn Hsu joined the institute in 2004 as director of programs. Most recently, she was senior director for programs and operations. She worked as a reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle and The Washington Post. She was an associate director of the American Press Institute and a member of the faculty of the Poynter Institute. She is a past national president of the Asian American Journalists Association. She is a graduate of the Maynard Institute’s Summer Program for Minority Journalists.

Martin G. Reynolds, Co-Executive Director, External Affairs and Funding

Prior to being named to the leadership of the organization, Reynolds served as a senior fellow for strategic planning for the institute, helping to oversee the planning and implementation of the “MIJE Re-Imagined” project. Reynolds is co-founder of Oakland Voices, a community storytelling project that trains residents to serve as community correspondents. He was named as Digital First Media’s Innovator of the Year for his work on Oakland Voices. Prior to his Maynard fellowship, Reynolds was senior editor for community engagement and training for Bay Area News Group and served as editor-in-chief of The Oakland Tribune between 2008-2011. His career with Bay Area News Group spanned 18 years. Reynolds was also a lead editor on the Chauncey Bailey Project, formed in 2007 to investigate the slaying of the former Oakland Post editor and Tribune reporter. Reynolds also servers as the director of the Reveal Investigative Fellowships from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Reynolds has helped to raise more than $1 million from foundations to support reporting and community engagement initiatives. Reynolds also conducts Fault Lines diversity training programs for media companies and colleges and universities. He is a sought-after speaker on the state of diversity, trust and inclusion in journalism.

Board of Directors

Sarah Allen
Media Strategist/Writer
Sarah Allen Media

Kim Bardakian is the Director of Media Relations for the Kapor Center for Social Impact. Kim recently served as the VP of PR and Community Relations for Visit Oakland, where she worked with local, national and international press to showcase all the positive things going on in “The Town.” Previously, Kim worked in-house with a number of growing consumer tech companies including Pandora and Peek. Kim also has agency experience with The OutCast Agency where she developed PR programs and events with Fortune 500 companies including Amazon, Dell and Yahoo! Kim began her career at Sony PlayStation where she founded and implemented the highly successful product placement TV and movie program. She currently serves as an active member with the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), PRSA (San Francisco Chapter) and involved in a variety of other PR and media organizations. A native New Yorker, Kim holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She proudly resides in Oakland where she is an avid tennis player and can been seen out and about dining at many of the great Oakland restaurants.

Bill Celis
Associate Professor
USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

Dorothy Butler Gilliam, MIJE co-founder, former reporter, editor, columnist and Founder/Director of the Young Journalists Development Program for The Washington Post, retired from the newspaper on June 30, 2003. She served as the Shapiro Fellow at The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs for the 2003-2004 academic year, and has served since 2004 as senior research scientist and Founder/Director of Prime Movers Media (PMM) (www.primemoversmedia.org) at The George Washington University. The Prime Movers Media experience provides urban high school students, veteran journalists, college interns and high school media teachers the opportunity to work with and learn from one another in Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA. This exciting intergenerational and intra-disciplinary coalition teaches media literacy and inspires urban high school students to pursue journalism studies at the collegiate level. Students produce multimedia products– print and online publications, radio, video and television programs—for their fellow students and communities. While the program will sunset at GW at the close of the academic year, it will continue in Philadelphia as Gilliam pursues her vision to expand the program to a new school systems to ignite the next generation of journalists and to expand diversity in America’s newsrooms.

Born in Memphis, Tenn., Gilliam grew up in Louisville, Ky. and graduated cum laude from
Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo. with a B.A. in Journalism. She earned her master’s
degree at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and was honored as a recipient of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism Alumni of the Year Award in 1979. In 1991, she was a fellow at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center at Columbia University, studying racial diversity in the American media. In the fall of 1996, she was a fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Among the honors she has received are Lifetime Achievement Awards of the Washington Press Club Foundation in 2010, induction into the Society of Professional Journalists’ Hall of Fame in 2002 by the Washington, D.C. Chapter, induction into the NABJ Hall of Fame in 1992; winner of the University of Missouri Honor Medal in Journalism in 1998; the Unity Award in Journalism from Lincoln (Mo.) University; and the Ann O’Hare McCormick Award from the New York Newspaper Women’s Club while a student at Columbia.

Chris Hendricks has been Vice President, Products, Marketing and Innovation for McClatchy since 2015. He joined the company in 1992 as Advertising Manager, Marketing for The Fresno Bee, and the following year became its Marketing Director. In 1994 he was named Manager of Technology for McClatchy and held this position until 1996 when he was promoted to President and Publisher of Nando Media (renamed McClatchy Interactive), McClatchy’s digital publishing hub based in Raleigh, N.C. In 1999, he was named Vice President, Interactive Media at McClatchy. He remained in that role until assuming his current position in 2015. Hendricks has served on various industry-related boards and committees and currently serves on the boards of CareerBuilder and Moonlighting along with the executive committee of the Local Media Consortium.

Dickson Louie is principal of Louie & Associates, a boutique San Francisco Bay Area consultancy that provides strategic planning, competitive analysis, and executive development services to start-ups, nonprofits and Fortune 500 companies. Louie is also co-founder, president and CEO of Time Capsule Press, a book publishing imprint that focuses on the creation of books from archival material. Louie has over 25 years of professional management experience within the news media industry, having worked as a planning and business development executive at the Los Angeles Times, the San Jose Mercury News and the San Francisco Chronicle. At these organizations he helped oversee the launch of several new initiatives, including the Ventura County and Valley Editions at the Los Angeles Times, the Viet Mercury Vietnamese-language weekly at the Mercury News and 96 Hours Thursday section and the San Francisco Chronicle Press book imprint. As a member of the corporate staff of Times Mirror—then the parent company of the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Baltimore Sun—he oversaw the finances of its $2 billion newspaper division.

Kevin Merida joined ESPN in November 2015 as senior vice president and editor-in-chief of “The Undefeated,” ESPN’s media platform that explores the intersections of race, sports and culture. He is responsible for the site’s editorial direction, tone and policies, and provides oversight and strategy leadership for key initiatives undertaken by “The Undefeated.” Prior to ESPN, Merida served as The Washington Post’s managing editor for news, features and The Post’s Universal News Desk since February 2013. In that role, he helped lead The Post’s digital transformation that has resulted in one of the largest increases in audience growth of any media outlet in the country over the last two years. Merida oversaw key sections – National, Foreign, Metro, Business, Sports, Investigations, Outlook, Style, Travel, Food, Local Living and Weekend/Going Out Guide and The Washington Post Magazine. Merida is the first African American to hold a managing editor position at The Post. During his tenure, The Post won three Pulitzer Prizes. 

John X. Miller is Senior Editor for News and Commentary for The Undefeated, ESPN’s groundbreaking website dedicated to race, sports and culture. Miller’s career in journalism spans nearly 40 years, nearly all of them in newspapers. Before becoming a member of The Undefeated staff, he was managing editor of the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal newspaper. Prior to that, he was the editor of the Hickory (N.C.) Daily Record. From 1999 to 2008, he was at the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit Media Partnership, first as the Free Press’ Public Editor, then as the DMP’s Director of Community Affairs. His primary responsibilities as Public Editor were writing corrections, handling accuracy, credibility, readership and ethical issues for the newspaper, and he also wrote a column in an ombudsman role. He currently serves on the board of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, and has served on various ASNE and APME boards and committees. He has been a Pulitzer Prize Juror, a facilitator at the American Press Institute and was the first Donald W. Reynolds Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at Washington and Lee University in 2005. He was the executive-in-residence at MIJE’s Management Training Center at Northwestern University from 1989 to 2002.

Debra Adams Simmons was a 2016 fellow of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. Debra spent seven years as the managing editor and editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland before joining the newspaper’s parent company, Advance Local, as a vice president in 2014. At Advance she worked to strengthen content across the company’s 30 newspapers and websites, identified and developed news talent and worked on content initiatives for diverse audiences. A 30-year news veteran, Debra has extensive reporting, editing and senior news management experience. She spent four years as the editor of the Akron Beacon Journal and worked as an editor or reporter at The Virginian-Pilot, The Detroit Free Press, The Hartford Courant and the Syracuse Herald-Journal.  Debra was president of the Associated Press Media Editors in 2014, recently completed a term on the board of directors of the International Women’s Media Foundation and currently serves on the board of directors of the American Society of News Editors. Debra graduated from Syracuse University’s College of Arts & Sciences and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. A native a Hartford, Connecticut, Debra and her husband, Jonathan, have two teenaged sons.