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.

Rev. Shishin "Benjamin" Meyers Webmaster

Rev. Shishin

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

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

Minji Kim is a junior 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. Through her work, Minji hopes to contribute to the Global Lives Project’s mission of fostering global empathy!

Interns & Volunteers

Kelly Zabors Content Team – Project Manager (intern)

Kelly Zabors
Kelly Zabors is senior at UC Berkeley double majoring in Film & Media and Data Science with a concentration in Business & Industrial Analytics. She’s passionate about combining design and data in marketing and consulting, and looks for ways to do so in her work. Kelly enjoys exploring ways in which media and information can benefit others and encourage empathy, and admires Global Lives’ work in connecting the world digitally.

Gina Kim Data & Impact Team – Project Manager (intern)

Gina Kim
Gina Kim is a third year student at UC Berkeley majoring in Political Economy. As the Project Manager for the Data & Impact Team, she helps the Global Lives Project team to assess the impact of the outreach strategies and social media marketing by conducting data analyses on Google Ads and Facebook Ads. She is excited to be part of Global Lives Project since she believes in the power of expanding empathy across the world.

Tasmia Rahman Content Team (intern)

Tasmia Rahman

Tasmia Rahman is a second year undergraduate student at UC Berkeley majoring in Political Science with a minor in Data Science. As a member of the Content team, she helps with cultivating media through creative, innovate processes and tasked with building online presence. Tasmia joined Global Lives Project as a pathway to further pursue her passion of connecting with the world on a global scale and finding a way to do meaningful work that fosters a collaborative environment with the purpose of making positive change. Tasmia hopes to continue growing and learning through her work with the Global Lives Project and is excited for her future projects that embody the mission of promoting global empathy!

Yuchen Yao Content Team (intern)

Yuchen Yao

Yuchen Yao is a third year student at UC Berkeley majoring in Economics. She joined the content team hoping to contribute to the Global Lives Project’s goal in cultivating global empathy.

Cleo Chaplin Content Team (intern)

Cleo Chaplin
Cleo Chaplin is a junior at UC Berkeley majoring in English and minoring in Data Science. As a member of the content team, she is helping to expand the reach of the Global Lives Project on social media. Cleo joined Global Lives Project to further develop her interests in digital marketing and documentary filmmaking, and to contribute to a platform that helps people tell their own stories all across the world.

Kelly Tsai Data & Impact Team (intern)

Kelly Tsai
Kelly Tsai is a sophomore at UC Berkeley majoring in Data Science and Media Studies. As a part of the Data & Impact team, she works to help analyze Google and Facebook Ads to help them reach a larger audience. She was inspired by the Global Lives Project’s message and wants to learn more about the different cultures around her and the untold stories that help share the feeling of connection among different people. Excited to work with a very talented team, she hopes to learn a lot through this experience.

Tanshi Jain Data & Impact Team (intern)

Tanshi Jain
Tanshi Jain is a second year majoring in Computer Science and Cognitive Science at UC Berkeley. This year she is working alongside the Data & Impact team in order to help promote Global Lives’ social media presence and manage all advertisements. Tanshi joined Global Lives because their mission of recognizing cultural diversity and fostering global empathy is one that deeply resonates with her. Tanshi hopes that through her work at Global Lives, she will be able to learn how to bridge her interest in computer science with her passion for community service in a nonprofit setting.

Past Contributors

  • 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
  • Rani Zhu Web Project Manager
  • Cristina Navarro Web Development Team
  • Kimberly Wang Web Development Team
  • Dipika Gurung Translation Team Manager
  • Nana Yoshimura Translation
  • Lainy Cho Translation
  • Emma Sun Translation
  • Stephanie Tungerapan Translation
  • Kat Friday Social Media Project Manager USA
  • Austin Hoang Social Media Team - Content Strategist
  • Phikhanh Nguyen Social Media Team - Content Strategist
  • Tiffany Huang Social Media Team
  • Andrea Chau Social Media - Video Editor
  • Megan Pope NYFF
  • a 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
  • Brieanna Martin 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
  • Luoyao Huang Social Media Team - Video Editor USA
  • Jihee Choo Data and Ads - Project Manager USA
  • Asa Ackerly Social Media and Translation Team USA
  • Cleo Chaplin Video Team - Project Manager USA
  • Natanya Faitelson Video Team / Social Media Team USA
  • Anna Gasparyan Data and Ads Team - Project Manager USA
  • Cristina Navarro Data and Ads Team / Fundraising Campaign Team USA
  • Jennifer Hua Data and Ads Team USA
  • Jihee Choo Data and Ads Team / Fundraising Campaign Team USA
  • Suha Imran Data and Ads Team USA
  • Austin Hoang Social Media Team - Project Manager USA
  • Nicole Lee Social Media Team USA
  • Tiffany Huang Social Media Team / Fundraising Campaign Team USA
  • Ella Suh Translation Team USA
  • Maddy Cooper Video Team USA
  • William Webster Video Team USA
  • Ansley Stotelmyre Video Team USA
  • Austin Hoang Fundraising - Project Manager USA
  • Cristina Navarro Data & Advertising - Project Manager USA
  • Natalie Huang Data and Advertising / Fundraising USA
  • Nicole Lee Social Media Team - Project Manager USA
  • Helena Batey Social Media Team USA