About

Staff

David Evan Harris Founder and Executive Director

David Evan Harris

David Evan Harris is Founder and Executive Director of the Global Lives Project and Research Director at the Institute for the Future. David works at the intersection of art, activism and academic inquiry on the politically charged questions surrounding globalization and social justice.

A cross-disciplinary mediamaker, David wrote and directed newscasts for CurrentTV; and penned articles and shot photos for the BBC, the Guardian, Adbusters, Focus on the Global South, AlterNet, and Grist. He has spoken publicly about his work to audiences at the Smithsonian, UC Berkeley, Harvard, Stanford, United Nations University, Apple, Google, Adobe, and numerous other venues around the world. He speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French. David founded the Global Lives Project in 2004 and holds a BA in the political economy of development and environment, with a minor in forest science, from UC Berkeley and an MS in sociology from the University of São Paulo.

Yael Irom Associate Director, Global Lives Project

Yael Irom

Yael leads the Global Lives Project’s education program. She brings over 15 years of experience in working for innovation and equity in education. She co-founded the Manhattan Hunter Science High  School,  with a grant from the Gates Foundation, and more recently was a lead teacher creating and  piloting new curriculum at Lighthouse  Community Charter School in Oakland. In addition, Yael  spent two years  working and living in  countries including Uganda, Cambodia and Israel in order to  develop health resource libraries and  scalable education programs.

After earning her Masters in Literature and Education at Columbia University, Yael won a Fulbright scholarship in 2008 to study the education systems in India and Sri Lanka, which has informed her work here in the United States as she continues to consult with fast growing, results-driven schools, companies and nonprofit organizations.

Simone Goldsmith Video Production Coordinator

Born in Sydney, Simone’s passion for journalism has led her all over the world. She has worked as an Associate Producer for Channel 9 News in Australia and in editorial at Hong Kong-based luxury lifestyle publication Asia Spa Magazine. While studying Communications at Temple University’s campuses in Japan and America, she produced documentaries on slums in Indonesia, garment factories in Bangladesh and landfill sites in India. Simone produced Global Lives’ Kazakhstan shoot and coordinated the post-production of the Lebanon and Japan chapters. She is currently coordinating the production of the Lives In Transit series.

Kaitlyn White Graphic Designer

Kaitlyn is currently working towards her Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication Design at San Francisco State University.

Jason Catiis Graphic Designer

Jason is currently in his last semester at San Francisco State University studying Visual Communication Design.

Rev. Benjamin Meyers Webmaster

Ben has worked as a web developer professionally since 2005. He has a passion for art, journalism, technology and knowledge. He is a Buddhist priest and helping increase visibility to institutions promoting empathy. He has experience in all aspects of the global lives project, and leaps at the opportunity to help.

Interns & Volunteers

Alexiz Gomez Project Manager - Content Curation and Audience Development, Translation

Alexiz Gomez

I am Alexiz Gomez, a graduating senior at Cal studying Integrative Biology. I started volunteering with the Global Lives Project nearly a year and a half ago and fell in love with the mission as well as the opportunity it afforded me in creating change through cultural awareness via media. My roles in GLP have spanned Project Manager for the Content Curation, Audience Development and Translation teams, Event Coordinator, as well Social Media Team Lead. I love that through GLP I am able to contribute to a critical change in developing awareness and appreciation of the vast and beautiful human diversity among us.

Jessica Shi Project Manager - Social Media

Jessica Shi

I am Jessica Shi, a third year student at UC Berkeley studying Business Administration. I am currently the Project Manager for the Social Media Team. My interest in the Global Lives Project stemmed from my interest in the arts and in nonprofits, and the Global Lives Project gave me an opportunity to become deeply involved in both. I look forward to contributing to the change that the Global Lives Project is driving– a more empathetic understanding.

Melissa Cai Project Manager - Exhibits and Grants

Melissa Cai

Janie Chen Social Media

Janie Chen

My name is Janie Chen and I am a first-year intended Sociology major at UC Berkeley. Born and bred in Oakland, CA as a Chinese American, I learned the importance of cross-cultural empathy and understanding in a multicultural society through my involvements in nonprofits and community building. With passions in photography and film, I joined Global Lives Project’s Social Media team to help foster that cross-cultural understanding through storytelling and a creative medium on a global scale.

Jasmine Tran Audience Development and Content Curation

Jasmine Tran

My name is Jasmine Tran and I am a second year at UC Berkeley majoring in Economics.  Since I grew up in a bubble, I knew coming into college that I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and educate myself about the different cultures and lifestyles that exist in today’s world–and the Global Lives Project allows me to do just that and much more. I think us as human beings are so caught up in technology nowadays that we lose touch with reality and having a project like the Global Lives Project can help restore human empathy across the globe.

Joyce Li Audience Development and Content Curation

Joyce Li

My name is Joyce Li, and I’m a first year in UC Berkeley intending to major in Economics. I am on the Content Curation and Audience Development Team. Our job is to curate online content, update information available online for the Global Lives Project, and analyze our website visitors and audience. I joined Global Lives because the intersection between business and art is immensely interesting to me. The Global Lives Project both combines two fields that I thoroughly enjoy, and fulfills a mission of spreading global empathy.

Lauren Kim Social Media

Lauren Kim

My name is Lauren Kim and I am a second year at UC Berkeley majoring in Political Science, intending to minor in Gender Women Studies. Currently, I am a part of the Social Media Team which dedicates itself to posting weekly posts on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter promoting the uniqueness in people’s lives around the world. I joined Global Lives Project because I am a firm believer in having a voice. Global Lives Project allows people to have a voice by presenting their personal, daily lifestyles to create connections from different parts of the world. As an Asian American woman, it is very encouraging to see a project that opens opportunities to allow and promote diverse cultures globally and locally.

Mami Shimokawa Curriculum and Translation

Mami Shimokawa

Hello. My name is Mami Shimokawa and I am a third year exchange student from Japan. I am majoring economics here at UC Berkeley and in my home university as well. I have been working as a member of translation team and translating the footage and educational materials from English to Japanese as I try to capture and keep the nuances that original English texts have as much as possible. Personally, I believe in the power of storytelling as a tool to build empathy between people and foster cross-cultural understanding beyond nationalities, which is the main reason for me to decide to join Global Lives Project. I am so happy to be a part of it and to see how it is going to impact the world.

Mary Mijares Exhibits and Grants

Mary Mijares

My name is Mary Mijares, and I am a first-year undergraduate student in UC Berkeley, intending to major in Business Administration and minor in Global Poverty and Practice. I wanted to join the Global Lives Project because of my interest in its core mission: building empathy. I strongly believe that this skill is important because of its capacity to promote understanding despite cross cultural divides and its ability to cultivate open-mindedness amongst those who have the opportunity to participate. Currently, I am a part of the Exhibits and Grants Team, in charge of seeking additional funding to maintain digital exhibits and to expand educational outreach to wider students audience around the world.  

Mackenzie Cornwell Social Media

Mackenzie Cornwell

Past Contributors

  • Lyndsay Lack Development Manager Intern
  • Megan Pope NYFF
  • Scott Oller Video Producer USA
  • Erika Barco Development Manager Intern USA
  • Marian Berthoud Development Manager Intern USA
  • Ayesha Johannes New Media Producer USA
  • Jakob Lengacher Translation Community Manager USA
  • Nindia Anadirini New Media Producer USA
  • Mario Hiesh Web Developer USA
  • Rachel Griffin Development Manager USA
  • Danny Spitzberg Campaign Director USA
  • Caitlin Rose Program Assistant USA
  • Lauren Valdez Program Manager USA
  • Meghan Mooney Program Manager USA
  • Fangshu Zhu Translation Community Manager USA
  • Beth Cohon New Media Producer USA
  • Nancy Lappetito Development Manager USA
  • Diana La Education Programs Coordinator USA
  • Snow Xue Zhou Translation Community Manager USA
  • Rejoy Armamento Graphic Design Intern USA
  • Daniel Chein Video Producer/Editor USA
  • Charlotte Gibbs Translation Coordinator University of Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Elena Gozzi Translation Coordinator Università degli Studi, Milan, Italy
  • Jueun Hwang New Media Producer South Korea
  • Jordan Katz New Media Producer USA
  • Viviani Oliveira Translation Coordinator Brasil
  • Anna Pankina Translation Coordinator Voronezh, Russia
  • Purvi Rami Development Manager USA
  • Saphassorn June Santijitrungruang New Media Producer Thailand
  • Sarah Smith Graphic Designer Loyola University Chicago, USA
  • Ethelind Vu Graphic Designer USA
  • Joanna Zhong Education Coordinator China
  • Sarah Soulen Development Intern USA