The purpose of my life is to use my joy for living, empathic spirit, and sharp, open mind
To create a world in which people care for one another, ensuring all of us are free to focus on building the future we want, with the only limitation on our freedom being the requirement that we afford that same freedom to others.
More info: Tony developed and launched the visionary model for community media that has evolved into the Open Media Foundation. Before founding the precursor to OMF called Deproduction, as well as OMF's project Denver Open Media, Tony worked with Little Voice Productions, the Colorado State House of Representatives, the Pan African Arts Society and FreeSpeech TV, among others. Tony has presented over 100 media education courses with the Colorado Independent Media Center, Denver Community Television, the Alliance for Community Media and various local schools and universities. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Marketing and Business Administration from the University of Colorado.
The purpose of my life is to excel in endeavors that make the world more optimistic, generous and inclusive
To create a world that values creativity, integrity, strength of character and service to humanity.
More Info: After graduating from Harvard with a degree in History, Leslie worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at Morgan Stanley in NYC. This was followed by 12-years as a Motion Picture Literary Agent at Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles, where she represented major talent in the packaging and negotiation of independent films and major studio productions, such as multi-Academy Award winning, Gladiator. As a single working mom, the life-altering experience of her daughter’s diagnosis with type-1 diabetes (T1D) triggered a gigantic leap into the not-for-profit sector. As a strategic planning consultant, Leslie’s primary focus has been to advance the creative and business missions for major arts and performing arts organizations in Los Angeles. Initiatives include the analysis and execution of major fundraising campaigns, marketing, event planning and community outreach strategies. Leslie is excited to join Open Media Foundation as Director of Development and return to her home state of Colorado.
The purpose of my life is to experience all that this world has to share with awareness, wonder, and love
To create a world covered in flourishing forests and clean oceans, where limited resources are not cannibalised by a single species, within which people can find freedom in living a balanced life - between the body, heart, brain, and soul.
More info: Having had the fortune of growing up in some incredible places and being exposed to many cultures when young, Shruti learned early on how to keep those rose-colored glasses over her eyes through most life situations. There is just too much to be in awe of, even in the midst of this madness. While Architecture and Ecology are her realest passions, she finds fulfillment in Marketing - a gateway to learn from and tell stories about all kinds of people and projects through a variety of media, helping companies and individuals define their place in society. Shruti graduated from LSU in 2010 with a B.Sc in Marketing, and her experience using media and communications tech to tell engaging stories spans billion-dollar companies to startups. If money wasn’t required to build and support things in life, Shruti would be a full-time tree planter, mushroom and mineral hunter, Earthship builder, snowboarder, stargazer, and world traveller.
The Purpose of My Life is to use my adventureness, creativity, dedication, and empathy to empower those who lack the means to tell their stories
To Create a World in which everyone receives equitable opportunities to succeed; where open and compassionate minds resolve differences; and where our stories bind us to one another.
More info: Jameson graduated from Colorado Film School and Cornell College with degrees in Screenwriting and Creative Writing, and has experience in television and film production. He is an avid traveller, and has driven to Alaska from Colorado, toured the European continent, and personally visited Yellowstone National Park at least 27 times in the last ten years.
The purpose of my life is to use my sincerity, open-heart, critical mind, and cheerful spirit
To create a world that provides space and patience for all humans to flourish and authentically participate in their community.
More info: Laura has been involved in strategy and evaluation work for over five years, working specifically to support the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors realize their desired impact. Laura received her Juris Doctor from Charleston School of Law and studied philosophy and religion at Wofford College. Laura helps OMF and its clients identify and measure the change they want to create in the world.
The purpose of my life is to use my loyalty, quietude, analytical cynicism, caring and passion
To create a world in which relationships take priority; where the only thing distracting us from that priority is our passions which provide for us, strengthen our bonds and further our understanding of ourselves and others. This is a world where people succeed because they want to not because they have to. It's a world with less violence and economic strife. It's a compassionate, culture-driven world.
More info: With over seven years working with nonprofit and public sector clients, Brandon's background has been focused on digital storytelling, messaging strategy and video production. He looks forward each day to telling the stories of organizations that are truly making a difference. Brandon is constantly humbled to be a part of an organization composed of great people who are collectively working towards real and lasting change.
The purpose of my life is to use my creative and strategic thought process to be effective in communicating those underrepresented to have a voice!
To create a world of DIVERSITY! Diverse in people, thought and action. One that embraces differences through awareness.
More info: Patima received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Denver in International Business & Marketing with a minor in Online Information Design. She went on to obtain her MBA from the University of Houston - Victoria in Strategic Leadership and Marketing. Working in the CPG industry in sales, sales planning and marketing; Patima brings a strong operational and strategic background and serves as a Project Manager for Internal projects. Best known for her “Can-Do!” attitude she is excited to be part of the OMF team as we grow into the future!
To create a world in which people are working together for the common welfare of humans and the planet, separated from self-seeking and selfish motives that serve only an individual or specific group.
The purpose of my life is to use my passionate spirit, sense of humor, loyalty, empathy, curiosity and business background
To create a world in which communities come together to bring about positive change for everybody by working cooperatively, listening to one another with an open mind and with respect to everyone’s opinion; a world that worries a little less about profits and a lot more about people.
More info: After earning his degree in History with a minor in Business from Texas A&M University, Ben began working as a high school educator in the Greater Houston area. During his fulfilling time as a teacher, he continued his personal education with a postgraduate degree in Accounting. Over the last six years he has worked in several settings as an accountant, and was lucky enough to move to Colorado to pursue his Masters in Business Administration at the University of Denver. Ben loves being part of a dedicated, passionate team and an organization that gives back to the community and spreads the word of positive change.
The Purpose of My Life is to use my curiosity, drive, passion, and resilience
Getting to the heart of an issue
Taking the time to listen
Being open to new people, cultures, and experiences
To create a world in which people have the ability to better understand the world around them. A place where people would be able to access knowledge and resources, regardless of societal barriers.
More Info: Leslie graduated with a BA in Arts & Humanities from the Residential College of Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University, as well as a degree in public policy (Go Green!). Leslie’s experience is at the intersection of civic engagement, social justice, public policy, and media/technology. At OMF, she hopes to bring technology to the people, particularly to those who don’t normally have access. She can usually be found with a coffee tumbler in hand.
The purpose of my life is to expand my sense of joy and expression of unconditional love in all activities.
To create a world in which all people are free to have their own experience and expression while respecting the wellbeing of others.
More info: Jesse has had a very diverse set of career experiences, including being a Christian Minister, Construction Worker, Loan Officer, Big Rig Salesman and Cannabis Cultivator. All while developing an array of Artistic and Musical skills. After several years of homelessness and soul searching he turned his attention to learning filmmaking where he continues to focus to this day. Jesse is happy to be of service to an organization that is empowering the expression of the common person.
The purpose of my life is to inspire, move, excite and empower by telling stories
To create a world in which information elevates us all and unlocks our true potential by bringing us closer together
Born in London, raised between New York City and Milan, Giorgio fell in love with Colorado at first sight.
With a background in History, Giorgio has obtained a Master’s Degree in Multimedia Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
During the years, Giorgio has produced footage from the West Bank, South America, Europe, and Cuba, winning the first prize at the University of Colorado's Short Documentary Festival with his work on American citizens who moved to Havana.
His work is based on the production of videos, primarily in a journalistic and documentary form, for a web audience. Giorgio has experience working both behind and in front of the camera as well as editing and post-production. He has taught nonfictional video editing as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has thorough experience in documentary writing.
The purpose of my life is to use my perseverance, deep sense of purpose and integrity
To create a world in which people have the right to be taught the truth in regards to history.
The purpose of my life is to use my creativity, love for community, reflective optimism, and my innovative thinking.
To create a world in which people have all the possibilities and resources available to create amazing careers and futures, where each of our voices are heard and understood, and where every creative soul can impact others.
More info: Jeff comes to the nonprofit world from teaching the visual arts in the classroom, kindergarten through highschool with a BFA in Graphic Design and Photography from the University of North Florida. Before, while, and after teaching, Jeff worked as a graphic designer and marketing coordinator both in the commercial and corporate world including the use of print, web, and social media specialties. Jeff built and ran “The Cave of Art”, an art school and studio. Through “The Cave of Art”, Jeff taught all ages how to paint, draw, and do ceramics. In addition, Jeff was recognized for his Art Summer Camps for youth and developing STEAM programs for local schools.