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

Kelly Tsai Development Team - Project Manager (intern)

Kelly Tsai
Kelly Tsai is a sophomore at UC Berkeley majoring in Data Science and Media Studies. As a part of the Development 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.

Phoebe Chen Exhibit Team - Project Manager (intern)

Phoebe Chen

Phoebe Chen is a first year student at UC Berkeley majoring in Media Studies. As the Exhibit Team Project Manager, Phoebe works with a group of other Global Lives team members to create the GLP Exhibit Kit. Phoebe joined the Global Lives team after discovering the organization’s goal to spread cultural empathy across global communities; coming from Taiwan, she understands the relevance and importance of being culturally aware. Through her work with Global Lives, Phoebe hopes to continue and contribute to the organization’s mission.

Tanshi Jain Development Team (intern)

Tanshi Jain
Tanshi Jain is a second year majoring in Computer Science and Cognitive Science at UC Berkeley. This year she is going to continue her work alongside the Development team in order to keep promoting Global Lives’ social media presence and managing all advertisements. Tanshi first joined Global Lives because their mission of recognizing cultural diversity and fostering global empathy is one that deeply resonated 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.

Ipsha Pandey Development Team (intern)

Ipsha Pandey
Ipsha is second year student currently pursuing a double major in Data Science and Economics at University of California, Berkeley. At the Global Lives Project, she is a member of the Development Team. Although she currently lives in Granite Bay, much of her childhood was spent living and travelling abroad. Global Lives Project initially caught her eye with it’s ability to help the integral yet unseen members of society gain visibility by showing their stories in an unfiltered and earnest manner. Now she works with the Development Team as a member assisting with Data Analysis regarding advertisement management. She’s beyond excited to be contributing towards a cause she’s passionate about to generate tangible impact in increasing visibility for those who are often ignored.

Anu Lkhagvasuren Development Team (intern)

Anu Lkhagvasuren
Anu is a third year student at UC Berkeley studying Data Science and Environmental Economics and Policy. As a member of the Fundraising Team, she is analyzing past campaigns on social media and donor information to make recommendations for the future fundraising effort. Through her work, she hopes to make positive contributions to GLP’s mission and learn new things.

Ella Treinen Development Team (intern)

Ella Treinen
Ella Treinen is a first year at UC Berkeley pursuing a major in Public Health and minors in Spanish and Journalism. Being a part of the Development team’s Fundraising Department, Ella works closely with her peers to summarize Global Lives’ Fundraising accomplishments and project the organization’s growth via various advertising platforms. She also works in GLP’s grant application process, looking to expand the project’s mission of fostering intercultural empathy with the help of non-profit support foundations. Hoping to enter a field of non-profit and health development, Ella is excited to incorporate creativity and collaboration within the Global Lives family.

Brianna Heredia Exhibit Team (intern)

Brianna Heredia
Brianna Heredia is a fourth year student at UC Berkeley majoring in Economics. As a content creator on the exhibit team, she helps to run GLP’s social media as well as create blog postings on their website. Brianna joined Global Lives because she admires their goal of fostering global empathy, and visualizes the potential to utilize social media platforms in order to reach their goal. Brianna shares Global Lives passion for spreading global empathy and hopes to contribute to their mission with her efforts throughout the semester!

Fiona Lee Exhibit Team (intern)

Fiona Lee
Fiona Lee is a freshman at UC Berkeley intending to study Media Studies and Economics. As a member of the Content Team, she works to create social media content and blog posts for the Global Lives Project. Fiona’s goal is to raise awareness of global empathy through promoting On-Screen Participants’ diverse narratives. She finds media captivating due to its power to amplify marginalized communities and hopes to expand the junction of media and social causes.

Yoon Jin Lim Exhibit Team (intern)

Yoon Jin Lim
Yoon Jin (YJ) Lim is a second-year student at UC Berkeley studying Cognitive Science and minoring in Data Science. She is on the exhibit team and is creating an exhibit kit with her team. The exhibit kit will provide the resources needed for anyone interested in setting up their own Global Lives exhibit. Yoon Jin joined the Global Lives Project because she was inspired by the power of the short films on the Global Lives website and wanted to learn more about empathy-building through technology. For this semester, Yoon Jin hopes to set the foundations for a product that will enable others to create their own exhibit and empower others to build empathy.

Allyson Seong Exhibit Team (intern)

Allyson Seong
Allyson is a first year undergraduate student at UC Berkeley in the Haas Global Management Program, studying business and data science. She is currently a part of the Global Lives team on campus as a video committee member within the exhibit team. Through this role, she is finding new creative strategies to promote the Global Lives mission across communities, as well as uploading and developing video content across various platforms. She hopes to truly spread the message of cultural awareness and encourage a more inclusive environment; she was initially drawn by the form of raw, uncut video, and this aspect is what truly makes this project so unique in her opinion.

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