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.

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. 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.

Interns & Volunteers

Jessica Shi General Project Manager (intern)

Jessica Shi

Jessica is currently a senior studying Business Administration. She has been with the Global Lives Project for about a year, helping manage the Undergraduate Student Program for the Global Lives Project at UC Berkeley. She is passionate about the arts and cross-cultural empathy, and has experience in marketing, design, and project management.

Janie Chen Project Manager - Social Media (intern)

Janie Chen

My name is Janie Chen and I am a second-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.

Lauren Kim Project Manager - Social Media (intern)

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.

Brieanna Martin Social Media

Brieanna Martin

Brieanna Martin is a senior Political Science student at UC Berkeley. From San Francisco, California, Brieanna grew up around people from various walks of life. With an appreciation for diversity, she chose to join the Global Lives Project team to promote cross cultural understanding. Brieanna collaborates within the social media team to effectively communicate the mission of the Global Lives Project, and to display the wonderful work of the entire team in their efforts to capture the lives of those around the globe.

Jessie McConville Social Media

Jessie McConville

Hi, I’m Jessie McConville. I am a junior at UC Berkeley majoring in Interdisciplinary American Studies with a concentration is in Business Communications & Technology. I am also earning a Certificate in Design Innovation. I am from San Diego, CA and am passionate about Global Lives Project’s mission to bring awareness to the variety of cultures and lifestyles around the world. I work on the social media team to help communicate the work of GLP.

Mackenzie Cornwall Project Manager - Web Development (intern)

Mackenzie Cornwall

A senior at University of California, Berkeley majoring in Sociology and Film Studies. I have been with the Global Lives Project for a year with my last semester being in the Socoial Media department and my current semester being in Web Development. I have a passion for the unification of people around the world through the arts and have loved working with my teams doing just that.

Taylor Hines Web Development

Taylor Hines

Daisy Mendez Project Manager - Translation (intern)

Daisy Mendez

Kevin Lasek Translation

Kevin Lasek

Kevin is currently a senior studying Political Economy and Slavic Languages and Literatures with a concentration in Polish. Contributing as a translator, this is his first year at the Global Lives Project. He is excited to be able to encourage cross-cultural empathy by bridging the gap between languages, and has experience in editing and print media.

Kailin Zhou Translation

Kailin Zhou

Kailin Zhou is a senior student at UC Berkeley studying Economics and Theater and Performance Studies. Interested in business innovation and communications, she will work on the translation team and outreach of the Global Lives Project. She is passionate about creating social impacts and contributing to the Global Lives Project to help build global citizenship by letting more people aware of what is happening in other parts of the world. She wants to not only translate the language but also translate different cultures to more people.  

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 Project Manager - Book Manuscript

Mary Mijares

Mary is currently a sophomore studying both Economics and Global Studies, with a minor in Global Poverty and Practice. She participated in the Global Lives Project last semester and is now heading the Book Manuscript Team responsible of creating and designing content for a future Global Lives book. Outside of the project, Mary loves learning about different cultures and practices, uncovering hidden histories, and traveling to new places.

Past Contributors

  • Yael Irom Associate Director, Global Lives Project
  • 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