Team

Portraits by Delaney Inamine

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Jacob Kornbluth
Co-founder. Creative Director.

Jacob is the co-founder of Inequality Media and serves as our Creative Director.  He directs all Inequality Media videos and is responsible for the overall strategic narrative and vision of our content.   With over 15 years in the film and TV industry, Jacob brings his deep experience and powerful storytelling skills to Inequality Media.  

Jacob is an award-winning writer and director of feature films, TV, theater, and video.  His most recent film, Inequality For All (with Robert Reich), won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and numerous other awards.  His work for Years of Living Dangerously—the 2014 Showtime series about climate change—won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary Series. 

Jacob has also been a fellow at the Sundance Screenwriting Lab twice and the Sundance Directing Lab, and was a finalist in North America for the NHK New Filmmakers award.  All three of the plays he directed were nominated or won “Best of the Bay” awards and successfully toured the country.  One play, Red Diaper Baby (with Josh Kornbluth), was included in an anthology of the best solo plays of the last century.

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Zoë Beck
Executive Director

Zoë is the Executive Director of Inequality Media.  She is responsible for the overall management of the non-profit, fundraising, and partnership development, and oversees our growing team and contractors. 

Zoë brings a range of experience in the public and non-profit sectors.  She previously worked at Hirsch & Associates Philanthropic Advisors where she guided foundations' giving strategy and developed and implemented new innovative programs, including SFUSD’s Plan Ahead and the Hellman Collaborative Change Initiative.  Zoë also spent years in Washington, DC, advising Senator Al Franken on issues as diverse as energy, the environment, agriculture, economic inequality, taxation, retirement, consumer protection, Native American affairs, and women and family rights. 

Zoë holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied under Robert Reich, and is currently pursuing her MBA at the Berkeley Haas School of Business.

Sasha Leitmann
Production Assistant

Sasha assists with production and administration at Inequality Media.  She contributes to the planning and execution of live broadcasts and video shoots, provides archival research and fact checking for scripts, and handles community correspondence and volunteer coordination.

Sasha has previously worked at Southern Exposure gallery in San Francisco and OurPlanet-TV, a social-justice oriented documentary TV organization in Tokyo, Japan.  At the latter, she worked on videos about Japanese policy and public protests after the 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Plant disaster, and the culture of corporate exploitation of youth labor.

Sasha has a B.A. in Art History from Reed College, where she took courses in computing, media studies and 19th century colonial art.

Robert Reich

Robert Reich
Co-founder. Former Secretary of Labor

Robert is the co-founder of Inequality Media.  He serves as the writer and presenter of the majority of Inequality Media videos.  As a foremost economic thinker and a superb communicator, with a following of over one million on Facebook and Twitter, Robert is ideally positioned to deliver our message.

Robert is the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies.  He has served in three national administrations, including as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration.  Time Magazine named Robert one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the twentieth century.

Robert has written 14 books, including the best sellers Aftershock, The Work of Nations, and Beyond Outrage. His new book, Saving Capitalism, was released in 2015, and was number 8 on the New York Times Best Seller List. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic. Robert is also a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine and Chairman of Common Cause. 

Andrew Santana
Lead Digital Strategist

Andrew is Lead Digital Strategist at Inequality Media.  He is responsible for managing all Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, developing new partnerships and campaigns, and expanding online distribution of Inequality Media videos.

Andrew’s background is in political communications and advocacy.  He most recently served as the Press Secretary for NextGen Climate, where he executed statewide media campaigns on a range of issues.  Previously, Andrew worked in the offices of Governor Jerry Brown, Attorney General Kamala Karris, and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Andrew graduated with a B.A. in Government from Cornell University.

 
 
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Delaney Inamine
Intern

Laney has been an intern at Inequality Media since 2015, assisting with social media, data analytics, and production. Her favorite project thus far has been learning about web design to create inequalitymedia.org.

Laney is currently in her third year at UC Berkeley, majoring in Architecture.  She also has a long-time interest in policy. In Fall 2017, she is heading off to Paris to study at the Paris Institute of Political Studies, pursuing a minor in Political Economy. Dispute the distance, Laney will continue in her role at Inequality Media. 

Board of Directors

Heather Kindlaw Lofthouse (Chair)

Annie Leonard

Christopher Edley

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Steven Silberstein

Ramona Naddaff