Board of Directors
Will Lippincott, Chairman
Will Lippincott started out at the Johns Hopkins University Press, later moving to the Village Voice Literary Supplement and then The New Yorker, where he was head of book publishing, overseeing all publishing ad-sales and organizing publishing-related events. He was subsequently named publisher of The New Republic, where he spent three years before moving to the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton as publisher of the magazine strategy+business. Will returned to the book side of publishing in 2003 as a literary agent. Still immersed in the culture of Washington D.C. since his days at The New Republic, he focuses on politics, current events, narrative non-fiction and history. He sits on the boards of Media Matters for America, Words Without Borders, and BOMB Magazine, among other organizations.
David S. Bennahum
David S. Bennahum is the founder and CEO of Punch!Media. Punch! produces and distributes smart, topical, and irreverent news and entertainment apps for iPad and other touch devices. David founded The American Independent News Network (AINN) in 2006, and served as President and CEO until 2011. David’s career in new media began as a founding writer with Wired magazine in 1994. His reporting on the rise of the Internet and its impact on our culture was published in The New York Times, New York magazine, and The Economist. David’s business career included guiding online strategy for several Fortune 500 corporations and partnership in a New York-based private equity fund that invested in next generation wireless mobile services. He is a magna cum laude 1990 graduate of Harvard University.
David Brock is the author of five political books, including The Fox Effect (coauthored with Media Matters Senior Advisor Ari Rabin-Havt, Random House, February 2012) and The Republican Noise Machine: Right-Wing Media and How It Corrupts Democracy (Crown, May 2004). In Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative (Crown, March 2002), a 2002 New York Times best-selling political memoir, he chronicled his years as a conservative media insider.
In 2004, Brock founded Media Matters for America (MMfA), a progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media. In the seven years since its founding Media Matters has become the premiere progressive research and communications hub and has led successful national advertiser education campaigns that led to Lou Dobbs being dropped from CNN for his anti-immigrant rhetoric and Glenn Beck’s show being dropped by Fox News.
Following the 2010 elections, Brock founded American Bridge 21st Century, a new type of political operation aimed at holding Republican candidates for public office accountable through a combination of research and tracking. Brock is a member of the Board of Directors of The American Independent News Network. Brock was the recipient of the New Democrat Network’s first award for political entrepreneurship.
Marisa McNee is a communications specialist with a diverse professional background and more than ten years experience in political strategy, policy analysis, online communications, blog outreach, social networks and issue advocacy. Marisa specializes in recognizing emerging trends in political organizing. In 2007 and 2008 she served as consultant and national communications strategist for the Campaign for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. In that role, Marisa was responsible for working with immigration groups nationwide on messaging, press events and online organizing. Marisa also serves as an advisor to political campaigns and advocacy organizations to devise strategies for using new media to communicate effectively in the digital age. Marisa serves on the Washington, DC board of the New Leaders Council. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan.
Scott Nielsen is founder and principal of Alexander Nielsen Consulting. ANC partners with individual donors and foundations to develop and implement pragmatic social change strategies. Specific services include: strategic grantmaking, issue and field research, program design and management, program and field evaluation, and communications assistance. Nielsen’s fields of experience include civic engagement, issue advocacy, public policy, community development and advocacy, the arts, and academic social science and humanities disciplines. Prior to forming ANC, Nielsen was a program officer for 13 years at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, including seven years in the MacArthur Fellows Program (“Genius Grants”). He is a graduate of Macalester College and holds a Ph.D. from The University of Chicago Divinity School.
Ari Rabin-Havt is the CEO of The American Independent News Network, Media Matters Executive Vice President, co-author with David Brock of their newly released book, The Fox Effect: How Roger Ailes Turned A Network Into A Propaganda Machine, and host of Media Matters Radio on SiriusXM. Throughout his career he has served as adviser to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, former Vice President Al Gore and on John Kerry’s Presidential campaign. An innovator in the online space,Ari has worked with a variety of organizations including the ONE Campaign, ACLU, the Democratic National Committee, and Planned Parenthood building robust activism campaigns. In addition to to his work at AINN and MMFA, Ari also teaches at the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management.