David Evan Harris Founder and Executive Director
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.
Rev. Shishin "Benjamin" Meyers Webmaster
Ben has worked as a web developer (his site is www.purespiritwebworks.com) professionally since 2005. As an Art Studio major with a dynamic range of other interests he has a passion for technology, journalism, art, psychology and sociology. He is a Zen Priest with a San Francisco Bay Area Soto Zen Buddhist sangha and helps increase visibility to institutions promoting empathy and change.
Kristy Drutman Assistant Lecturer/ Teaching Team
Kristy Drutman is an assistant lecturer and supervisor for the Global Lives Project. She is also a digital media strategist and host of her own podcast and media series, Brown Girl Green. A passionate environmental activist and storyteller, Kristy is working to use digital tools to advocate for climate justice, healing, and community empowerment.
Minji Kim Lead Project Manager
Minji Kim is a second year student at UC Berkeley majoring in Society & Environment and Business Administration. As the Lead Project Manager, she helps all of the different teams run smoothly and accomplish their goals of furthering the post-production process of the Global Lives shoots. Minji first joined Global Lives as part of the translation team because she is from South Korea and speaks Korean fluently, and because she wanted to partake in making this content more accessible and relatable to a wider audience. Through her work now, Minji hopes to continue doing that and contributing to the Global Lives Project’s mission of fostering global empathy!
Interns & Volunteers
Rani Zhu Web Project Manager (intern)
Rani Zhu is a senior at UC Berkeley majoring in Media Studies, with a minor in Journalism. She has always been fascinated with the media landscape and enjoys exploring different modes of storytelling through different mediums. She taps into this passion through photography, editing, graphic design, and engaging with other peoples’ art. She was especially drawn to Global Lives Project because it combined her passion of immersing herself in other cultures while also working alongside video and media. As a Web Project Manager, Rani is in charge of leading the Web team to manage our official Global Lives project website to ensure that visitors have the best experience possible.
Cristina Navarro Web Development Team (intern)
Cristina Navarro is a junior at UC Berkeley majoring in Psychology. She is currently part of the Web Team helping modify the website to ensure the user has a pleasant experience. She joined Global Lives Project because she wanted to be apart of spreading awareness of different cultures and empathy across the world. She believes when it comes to accepting differences, it helps when ones becomes educated about the topic.
Kimberly Wang Web Development Team (intern)
Kimberly Wang is a second year at UC Berkeley majoring in English and Political Science. She ultimately hopes to pursue a career in the legal field, and was intrigued by the Global Lives Project because of large emphasis on empathy. She often finds herself interested and curious about the various cultures that exist both within and outside of her surroundings, and hopes to use this opportunity to become more knowledgeable on the stories that exist around the world. As part of the web team, she manages and updates the website. What drew her to this role is that the website is a major platform to spread awareness and understanding, and she hopes to use this power to further cultural understanding!
Dipika Gurung Translation Team Manager (intern)
Dipika Gurung is a senior at UC Berkeley, Hass School of Business. She is currently part of the translation team, which helps with translating document clips in different languages to be exhibited in museums and for an international audience. She joined Global Lives Project to provide cross-cultural transparency and to provide a voice for the unheard. Global Lives. Project, a non-profit, allowing people to have a voice by presenting their personal, daily lifestyles to create connections from different parts of the world. As an Asian American women from Nepal, it is very encouraging and inspiring for her to see a project that opens opportunities to allow and promote diverse cultures globally and locally.
Nana Yoshimura Translation (intern)
Nana is currently a junior studying Business and Economics. She is very excited to be part of this project because she is passionate about making a social impact on a global scale.
Lainy Cho Translation (intern)
Lainy Cho is a second year at UC Berkeley majoring in Political Economy. She is currently part of the translation team, and is responsible for translating short clips of videos from the Global Lives Project video library. She joined Global Lives Project because she strongly believes that her multilingualism would hep this global project in terms of collecting and preparing videos for the daily life of people around the world. She is very exited to support Global Lives Project in reaching the goal of fostering empathy and cross-cultural understanding.
Emma Sun Translation (intern)
Emma Sun is a freshman at UC Berkeley intending to major in Economics and Data Science. She is currently part of the translation team which contributes to recruiting translation volunteers as well as working on video translations and reviews specifically English to to Mandarin. Global Lives Project enables her to gain more experiences in cross-culture practices, providing her an opportunity to collaborate with more people from all walks of their lives, and further inspires her to connect to diverse communities in the increasingly globalized society. She was born and raised in China, which enables her to hold a unique perspective in terms of global and social issues through her Eastern lens, she is excited to explore global citizenship and contribute to engender cross-cultural dialogue through the process.
Stephanie Tungerapan Translation (intern)
Stephanie Tungerapan is currently a junior at UC Berkeley majoring in Economics. She is part of the Translation Team which captions and translates videos, recruits volunteers to help translate videos, and manages videos on Dotsub. For her Global Lives Project is an organization that she can relate to because being an international student from Indonesia it is often hard for her to explain the situation in Indonesia, such as poverty. She believes individuals should build empathy towards people all around the world and share cultures and diversities.
Kat Friday Social Media Project Manager (intern)
Kat Friday is a second year at UC Berkeley majoring in Political Economics. She is currently part of the Social Media Team which dedicates itself to posting weekly post on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter promoting the uniqueness in people’s lives around the world. She joined Global Lives Project because she believes that without awareness we are nothing and knowledge of lives around the globe is paramount to passion for change. Global Lives Project does just this by emphasizing empathy and capturing 24 hours of so many different people’s lives, promoting diverse cultures globally and locally.
Austin Hoang Social Media Team - Content Strategist (intern)
Austin Hoang is a first year student at UC Berkeley intending to major in Business Administration and Political Economy. Currently, he is 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. He joined Global Lives Project because he wanted to learn about other people’s lives and their cultures. He thinks that the Global Lives Project helps educate people by documenting the personal, daily lifestyles of diverse citizens around the world.
Phikhanh Nguyen Social Media Team - Content Strategist (intern)
Phikhanh Nguyen is a junior studying Cognitive Science at UC Berkeley. Currently, she is 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.
She chose to join Global Lives Project, a non-profit, because she is passionate about the organization’s commitment to cultivating a sense of common humanity through storytelling and social media.
She is dedicated to using the power of technology for good, by lending a voice to people from all areas and backgrounds by showcasing their unique life experiences on an internationally accessible platform.
Tiffany Huang Social Media Team (intern)
Tiffany Huang is a junior at UC Berkeley majoring in Economics. She is currently part of the social media team creating content and posting weekly on social media platforms. She joined the Global Lives Project because she loves how the organization promotes diversity and cross-cultural understanding.
Andrea Chau Social Media - Video Editor (intern)
Andrea is a fourth-year from Los Angeles, majoring in Cognitive Science and Art Practice. She decided to double major in Cognitive Science so she can gain an insight into how people think and their perspective. Cognitive Science is a core piece for people to learn about empathy and understand why people act a certain way. By combining both majors she is able to carry out her passion for storytelling and go forth in her journey to learn more about how people interact in their day by day. She emphasizes storytelling in all the work she has created whether it is about simple stories or stories making people question their world views and perspectives. She pursues storytelling in many different ways from Animation, Comics, Design, Videography, to research and currently in the Global Lives Project by telling the story of people from all walks of life.
Luoyao Huang Social Media Team - Video Editor (intern)
Luoyao Huang is a second semester exchange student at UC Berkeley. She is currently on the Social Media Team and is working as a video editor, who is responsible for editing short videos that are to be posted on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Joining Global Lives Project is the highlight of her year because it enables her to establish a vision of how people cultivate sympathy across the world. Global Lives Project records human life experience that reshapes how individuals conceive of cultures and nations by allowing people to have a voice in front of a camera. As a video editor, she can always find herself inspired by watching the daily lives of people in every corner of the world.
Jihee Choo Data and Ads (intern)
Jihee is a freshman at UC Berkeley studying Applied Mathematics and Data Science. She is currently a part of the Data and Ads team, which analyzes the website and social media data in order to create effective campaigns and strategies to help Global Lives Project grow to its fullest potential. Having lived in France and South Korea as a child, Jihee is very interested in exploring and spreading different cultures, which motivated her to join the Global Lives team.
- Yael Irom Associate Director, Global Lives Project
- Simone Goldsmith Video Production Coordinator
- Lyndsay Lack Development Manager Intern
- Kaitlyn White Graphic Designer
- Jason Catiis Graphic Designer
- 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
- Mary Mijares Project Manager - Book Manuscript Intern USA
- Mami Shimokawa Curriculum and Translation Intern USA
- Kailin Zhou Translation Intern USA
- Kevin Lasek Translation Intern USA
- Daisy Mendez Project Manager - Translation Intern USA
- Taylor Hines Web Development Intern USA
- Mackenzie Cornwall Project Manager - Web Development Intern USA
- Jessie McConville Social Media Intern USA
- Lauren Kim Project Manager - Social Media Intern USA
- Janie Chen Project Manager - Social Media Intern USA
- Jessica Shi General Project Manager (intern) USA