Advisory Board

MARCI ALBOHER, a nationally renowned expert on careers and work, is a Vice President at Civic Ventures, a think tank on boomers, work, and social purpose. A former blogger and columnist for The New York Times, Marci is the author of One Person/Multiple Careers: A New Model for Work/Life Success (Warner Books, 2007). She has been a regular contributor to the “The Takeaway” on public radio, wrote the blog “Working the New Economy” for Yahoo!, and has appeared on or been quoted by many other outlets including The Today Show, MSNBC, The Nightly News, CNBC, The Wall Street JournalBusinessWeek, National Public Radio, More Magazine, and USA Today. In addition to her roles as a Mentor Editor and Advisory Board member of The OpEd Project, Marci is on the advisory board of SheWrites, an online community for women readers and writers. She holds an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University. Marci lives with her husband and French bulldog in Greenwich Village, New York. In her free time, she walks and plays low-stakes poker, usually with other writers.


GRETCHEN ANDERSON, PhD, is a writer, literary scholar and freelance organizational consultant. At age twelve, she set the course for a lifetime of interest in women writers with the publication of her first book, The Louisa May Alcott Cookbook (1985), through Little, Brown, Inc. After graduating from Middlebury College in Vermont, she continued to pursue her passion for women writers by earning a doctorate in American literature from Stanford University—where her studies were funded in part by the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Her dissertation, completed in 2002, focused on women writers in Greenwich Village during the 1920s. Throughout her graduate studies, Gretchen also taught literature and composition to undergraduates at Stanford. In addition to her writing, Gretchen has nearly ten years of experience advising organizations on issues of strategy and human capital, first at Katzenbach Partners in New York and then at On-Ramps, a New York-based executive search firm. While at Katzenbach, she developed a training curriculum that taught storytelling skills as a means to communicating brand messages. She continues to write, and is at work on her first novel.


CHRISTINE BADER, tracked down The OpEd Project after reading about it in The New York Times in 2007 and has been a devotee ever since.  She has worked at the intersection of business and society for over a decade:  From 1999-2008, she worked for BP in Indonesia, China, and the UK, managing the impacts of its projects on communities in developing countries.  She then served as Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Representative for business and human rights.  She is currently a nonresident senior fellow at Duke University's Kenan Institute for Ethics and a Human Rights Advisor to BSR (Business for Social Responsibility).  Her op-eds have appeared on Reuters,, and The Christian Science Monitor, and she has spoken at boardrooms, conferences, and universities around the world.  Bader has a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.B.A. from Yale.  A New York City native, she is a Fellow of the Truman National Security Project and a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Maura MAURA J. CASEY, who left the Editorial Board of The New York Times in 2009, has been an editorial writer specializing in New England issues for more than two decades. During five years at the Lawrence (Mass.) Eagle-Tribune she won Scripps-Howard's Walker Stone Award for her editorials on the Massachusetts Corrections Department and contributed to stories for which the staff won the Pulitzer Prize. While at The Day of New London, Conn., she won the Horace Greeley Award for public service journalism for her editorials on weaknesses in Connecticut laws affecting children. She was on the New York Times editorial board from 2006 until March 2009. A graduate of Buffalo State College, she obtained a master's degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from The American University.

LADORIS CORDELL is a former state court judge who recently retired as Special Counselor to the President at Stanford University, a position she held for seven years. A 1974 graduate of Stanford Law School, LaDoris became the first African-American woman judge in Northern California when she was appointed to the Municipal Court of Santa Clara County in 1982. In 1988, she overwhelmingly won election to the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, becoming the first African-American woman to sit on the Superior Court in Northern California. She presided as a state court judge for nearly 19 years.


GINNA GREEN, a veteran opinion writer and editor, handles communications and media relations for the California office of the Center for Responsible Lending, a research and policy organization headquartered in Durham, N.C. Prior to joining CRL, Ginna was Director of Public Relations at Full Court Press Communications in Oakland, California, where she worked on a diverse portfolio of clients primarily in the areas of the environment and education. She has also worked as an editor at AlterNet, as a strategist for the Breakthrough Institute and was a Leland-Emerson Fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center in 2000. Ginna edited, with Dr. Julianne Malveaux, the 2002 anthology The Paradox of Loyalty: An African-American Response to the War on Terrorism.


MICHELLE HOROWITZ is an experienced international media executive and trend expert in the online publishing, broadcast and multimedia markets with deep knowledge of technology and product innovation. She has an accomplished track record of transforming traditional news and content companies into reformed entities while creating new business models.  Ms. Horowitz recently joined Thomson Reuters, where she is charged with identifying opportunities and enhancing collaboration between the formerly independent companies, as well as the newly created corporate PR division. Ms. Horowitz also is involved in the strategic planning of the PR divisions’ business development and commercial strategy.   Before her current role, Ms. Horowitz was Vice President of Corporate Development at PR Newswire.  During her tenure, she led numerous acquisitions in Asia, Latin America and the US and was instrumental in developing and launching innovative products including Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and wireless to the international markets.  From 2003-2004, Michelle acted as Chairperson for the XBRL-US Adoption Committee and led its efforts to build awareness for the product’s technological capabilities which enable financial institutions to better communicate complex reporting. She was also a Board Member of the Software Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) content division from 2004 to 2006.  Since 2008, she has been Chair of the OpEd Project Advisory Board.  A native Of Toronto, Ms. Horowitz received a B.A. degree from McGill University and an M.B.A. degree from Joseph Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto in conjunction with Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris.  Ms. Horowitz resides in New York City.


BECKY LENTZ is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies, specializing in the area of media and public policy. She is also affiliated with Media@McGill, a hub of research, scholarship and public outreach on issues and controversies in media, technology and culture. Her research and teaching interests include critical and comparative perspectives on communications regulation; the role of philanthropy and NGOs in the field of information, communication, and technology (ICT) policy; theory-building on new frameworks for media governance and regulation; and civil society engagement in global governance of ICT policy. From 2001-2007 Becky served as Program Officer for Electronic Media Policy at The Ford Foundation, where her grantmaking played a key role in resisting – and in some cases rolling back – government decisions that would have further concentrated media ownership in the U.S. During her tenure at Ford. Her funding supported new research examining the role of communications and media studies scholarship in public policy, among numerous other topics. Additional grants aided public interest issue advocacy on a variety of topics that included media diversity and representation, corporate influence on federal regulation, electronic privacy, community radio, and Internet governance. She was also instrumental in the evolution of new funding streams concerning intellectual property and freedom of expression. Her work brought activists and academics together in unique ways to collaborate on strategies and tactics to protect and defend public interest values in media policy.

JOE LOYA is The OpEd Project's founding Mentor-Editor; he is an author, essayist, playwright, and contributing editor at the Pacific News Service. His op-eds on politics, religion, criminal justice issues, and other cultural events have appeared in national newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Newsday, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He has appeared as a commentator on television (CNN, CBS NEWS/48 Hours, FOX's The O'Reilly Factor, COURTV) and radio (This American Life), and he has lectured at numerous colleges and universities (including USC, NYU and Mills College). As a young man, he moved from a violent home life to a life of crime, robbing over 25 banks in the state of California before he was eventually arrested and sent to prison. During seven years in prison, including two in solitary confinement, Joe examined his past and began to re-write his life story, figuratively and literally. With the prize-winning Mexican American writer Richard Rodriguez as a pen pal and an inspiration, Joe eventually left prison and became a writer. His memoir, The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell, was published in September 2004 by HarperCollins, to high acclaim. Joe has worked with Walden House in San Francisco to help former prisoners re-enter society, and to change the lives of those who want to escape the revolving doors of homelessness, substance abuse, and imprisonment. A firm believer in the need to own one's story in order to make radical change, Joe has gone into California State Prisons and other Walden House reentry facilities to conduct writing workshops. Joe has received numerous fellowships and awards, including a Sundance Writing Fellowship, a Sun Valley Writer's Conference Fellowship and a Soros Justice Fellowship. He lives with his wife and young daughter in the Bay Area.


COURTNEY E. MARTIN is a Brooklyn-based author, speaker, and teacher and the Director of undergraduate college programs at The OpEd Project. She is the author of Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How the quest for perfection is harming young women, called “a hardcover punch in the gut,” by Arianna Huffington. She is the co-author of Naked Truth, the memoir of one of the country's most dynamic young leaders in HIV education, Marvelyn Brown. She is also a widely-read freelance journalist and regular blogger for She is a Senior Correspondent on politics and youth culture for the American Prospect Online, and has published op-eds in The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Newsweek, and Newsday, among other national publications. Courtney has appeared on The TODAY Show, The O'Reilly Factor, MSNBC, and radio shows across the nation, and is the recipient of the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics. You can read more about her work at

LAURA MAZER is a veteran Op-Ed editor, book editor, and publishing consultant. In the 1990s, she was the managing editor of Creators Syndicate, the international agency that represents some of the most widely published opinion writers around the globe, including Molly Ivins, Arianna Huffington, Hillary Clinton, Tony Snow, Robert Novak, Susan Estrich, Benazir Bhutto, and Pat Buchanan. The columns she has edited have appeared in close to every daily newspaper in the country, and many international papers as well. Laura is also a book editor, having worked with publishing houses such as Avalon Publishing Group, Perseus Books Group, Soft Skull Books, Sierra Books, Counterpoint Press, and Random House. Her focus as a book developer is on nonfiction and groundbreaking cultural analysis. In the 1990s, Laura was a senior editor at Brill's Content magazine, a fiercely independent monthly magazine that kept a close eye on media’s cultural and political influence. She has served as the columns editor at the award-winning literary magazine Literary Mama: Reading for the Maternally Inclined, and as the special sections editor at the Los Angeles Times.


LAURA SAPONARA is Communications Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, the largest ACLU affiliate in the country, with 55,000 members.  She leads a small team of talented strategists who use traditional and new media to draw attention to a wide range of civil liberties concerns, reinforce the principles at work in conflicts over rights, and pair communications and organizing strategies to advance legislation and other policy goals.  Laura brings 10 years experience as a consultant, trainer and writer for non-profit organizations, labor unions and philanthropic foundations, including the SPIN Project, AFSCME, the Women’s Foundation of California, and the Ford Foundation. She holds a masters degree in media studies from the University of Texas in Austin, and has taught at UC Davis. Her thesis about the ways that religious right leaders frame issues of power and victimization and call for political rebirth has been referenced in several books. Laura has worked on human rights projects in Mexico City, El Salvador, Puerto Rico and Peru.


MANISHA THAKOR, Harvard MBA and co-author of On My Own Two Feet, is on a mission to teach women how to live their lives from a position of financial strength. Her work has been featured in national publications such as: The New York Times, BusinessWeek, US News & World Report, Glamour, and Women's Day.  Manisha's national TV appearances include NBC Nightly News, ABC’s America This Morning, CNN's Issue #1, CNBC's Power Lunch, and Fox Business Network.  She is also a regular personal finance blogger on The Huffington Post and weekly expert commentator on one of Houston's largest FM stations, Sunny 99. At various points in her career Manisha has worked as an analyst, portfolio manager, and client relations executive for institutional money management firms with billions in assets under management.  She received her BA from Wellesley College in 1992, her MBA from Harvard Business School in 1997 and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder. Manisha and her husband live in Houston, TX and Santa Fe, NM.


LAUREL TOUBY, a journalist for 10 years prior to her entrepreneurial career, founded in 1994 as a gathering place for professionals in journalism, publishing and other media-related industries in New York City. She sold the company in 2007 and now serves as Senior Vice President. As a web-based business, the company now attracts such professionals from across the country and sponsors parties, classes and seminars in major U.S-based cities and abroad, as well as running the premiere media industry job board. Monthly traffic to the web site has soared to more than 7 million page views and one million unique visitors. Touby had started her journalism career at Working Woman magazine, moved to Business Week as a staff editor, and in 1993 began writing a column on workplace issues for Glamour. As a freelance journalist, she has covered everything from travel to business to breast cancer for a variety of publications, among them New York, Travel & Leisure, Self, and Working Mother. She is a graduate of Smith College with a degree in economics.

DANIELLE GRACE WARREN, a founding staff member of The OpEd Project, is the treasurer of One Village Planet---a non-profit organization which focuses on sustainable development and agriculture in Haiti and Ghana--and is the founder and President of The One Village Planet-Women's Development Initiative---a non-profit dedicated to ensuring safe working conditions for women in the Tamale region of Ghana, West Africa--who are involved in the shea industry as both harvesters and processors---and empowering them to attain sustainable economic autonomy. Danielle served as the Director of Operations and oversaw the launch and growth of The OpEd Project's Mentor-Editor program from December 2008 - December 2010. Danielle received her MFA in Poetry from Hunter College in New York City, where she also teaches creative writing and composition to undergraduates. She is conversant in French and Spanish.


LISA WITTER is the Chief Operating Officer of Fenton Communications, the largest public interest communications firm in the country. She heads the firm’s practice in women’s issues and global affairs for clients including the Women for Women International, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Wangari Maathai,, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, David and Lucille Packard Foundation, American Medical Association, Pop!Tech Social Innovation Fellows, American Lung Association and many others. She is a co-founder of award-winning, an online brain trust of women experts to help close the gender gap among commentators in the news media. She was honored as an outstanding activist and expert on women’s issues by for her work on a national campaign against privatizing Social Security during the 2000 presidential election. Lisa is a blogger and political commentator appearing as an expert on NPR, MSNBC, FOX News, CBS Early Show, O Magazine and has been published in Newsday, The New York Times, The Seattle Times, The Anderson Cooper 360, Huffington Post, AlterNet and Blogher. In 2004, she was a contestant on the Showtime reality show, “American Candidate.” Witter is co-author of The She Spot: Why Women are the Market for Changing the World and How to Reach Them. She lives in New York City with her husband, Christoph Brem, and two sons.