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.

Minji Kim Lead Project Manager

Minji Kim

Minji Kim is a senior 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

Phoebe Chen Lead Project Manager (intern)

Phoebe Chen

Phoebe Chen is a junior at UC Berkeley majoring in Media Studies. As the Project Manager for the Exhibit Team, she leads a team of three in content creation, social media marketing, ad budgeting, and more. Phoebe joined Global Lives Project as a project manager of the Exhibit Team because she wanted to help create a tool for any facility or person to host an immersive exhibit in their own community. During her time at Global Lives, Phoebe hopes to further global empathy.

Kelly Tsai Lead Project Manager (intern)

Kelly Tsai

Kelly Tsai is a senior at UC Berkeley majoring in Data Science and Media Studies. As the Web & Analytics Project Manager, she is working on ensuring Google Analytics tracks features more efficiently, updating the Global Lives website to bring more exciting content, and managing the donations and email subscriptions. 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.

Win Moe Fundraising Team (intern)

Win Moe

Win Moe is a sophomore at UC Berkeley studying computer science. As part of the Fundraising team of Global Lives, Win is looking forward to helping GLP find new grants to help archive its footage and continue expanding as an organization. As an international student from Myanmar, Win hopes to help spread empathy for people in different countries all over the world.

Sherlene Su Exhibit Team (intern)

Sherlene Su

Sherlene Su is a junior majoring in Business Administration and Data Science. As a member of the Exhibit team, Sherlene is actively working towards creating an exhibit kit to allow others to create their own Global Lives exhibit from anywhere in the world. Part of what drew Sherlene to Global Lives was the initiative to create worldwide empathy, a goal that strongly aligned with Sherlene’s personal goals due to her background in journalism. Sherlene’s passion for storytelling drives her to make Global Lives resources easily accessible to continue touching and inspiring people around the world. Sherlene hopes to help expand Global Lives and its mission to encourage a wider audience to learn more about cultures and lives around the world.

Jenny Han Exhibit Team - Project Manager (intern)

Jenny Han

Jenny is a sophomore at UC Berkeley intending to study Business Administration and English. As a member of the Exhibit Team, Jenny is excited to design the exhibit kit and inspire others to create their own Global Lives exhibits. In her time at Global Lives, she hopes to utilize her passions for journalism, design, and marketing to further cross cultural empathy while learning more about other communities and cultures.

James Lin Web & Analytics Team (intern)

James Lin

James is a junior at UC Berkeley majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Public Health and Data Science. He was born in Los Angeles, California and as a result, has constantly engaged with a plethora of diverse cultures. His exposure to the melting pot of cultures fuels his desire to spread cultural awareness, humility, and empathy as a member and researcher of the Global Lives Program.

Hanna Dever Exhibit Team (intern)

Hanna Dever

Hanna is a senior at UC Berkeley majoring in Urban Studies. She is excited to be working on the exhibit team to utilize her design skills and spread the mission of the Global Lives Project. She is passionate about accessible design and using her multi-cultural background to communicate with others!

Milad Brown Web & Analytics Team - Project Manager (intern)

Milad Brown

Milad is a second-year student from San Carlos, CA studying Computer Science. As the project manager for the Web and Development team, he is working to make the site better and more effective. He joined Global Lives because of his intense interest in world cultures, and past work translating folk music. Outside of global lives, he is very interested in startups!

Shin Kim Fundraising Team (intern)

Shin Kim

Shin Kim, an exchange student hailing from South Korea, is currently pursuing a dual major in Media Studies and Business Administration. As a member of the Fundraising Team within the Global Lives Project, Shin plays a vital role in supporting the organization’s mission. She actively contributes by assisting with various tasks such as managing GLP’s social media accounts, monitoring key performance indicators, and contributing to the creation of compelling social media posts and newsletters. Drawing inspiration from their diverse background and experiences living in contrasting cultural environments, Shin is deeply committed to fostering empathy within the organization.

Audrey Ouh Fundraising Team - Project Manager (intern)

Audrey Ouh

Audrey is a junior at UC Berkeley studying English, Art Practice, and Creative Writing. As the Project Manager for Fundraising and Outreach, she leads the efforts to spread awareness of Global Lives’s mission and gain support for the project through fundraisers, social media campaigns, and newsletters. As a writer and artist, Audrey was drawn to the Global Lives Project because of its mission of spreading empathy and understanding between different communities, something she’s always strived to accomplish with her own works. As a member of Global Lives, she hopes to further GLP’s mission of serving as a connective force by showcasing real and diverse narratives.

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
  • Kristy Drutman Assistant Lecturer/ Teaching Team
  • 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
  • Kelly Zabors Content Team – Project Manager USA
  • Gina Kim Data & Impact Team – Project Manager USA
  • Tasmia Rahman Content Team USA
  • Yuchen Yao Content Team USA
  • Cleo Chaplin Content Team USA
  • Ipsha Pandey Development Team USA
  • Anu Lkhagvasuren Development Team USA
  • Ella Treinen Development Team USA
  • Brianna Heredia Exhibit Team USA
  • Fiona Lee Exhibit Team USA
  • Yoon Jin Lim Exhibit Team USA
  • Allyson Seong Exhibit Team USA
  • Tanshi Jain Development Team - Project Manager USA
  • Riley Zhou Exhibit Team USA
  • Anshika A. Chadha Web & Analytics Team USA
  • Jiangyue Chen Fundraising Team USA
  • Horia Danciu Fundraising Team USA
  • Ella Paningbatan Fundraising Team USA