Portraits by Delaney Inamine
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.
Heather Kinlaw Lofthouse
Heather Kinlaw Lofthouse is the Executive Director of Inequality Media. Previously, she served as Director of Special Projects at UC Berkeley’s Blum Center for Developing Economies, overseeing the $25m Development Impact Lab funded by USAID, and leading the Blum Center’s expansion to all 10 University of California campuses. As Managing Director of Absolute Return for Kids US, Heather developed health and education programs for children in the US and Latin America. She managed and contributed to a body of research on social franchising for health in Africa and South Asia at UCSF and served as Director of Community Outreach for the LA's BEST Afterschool Enrichment Program in the Office of Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn.
Heather has a Master’s in Public Policy and a Master’s in Public Health from UC Berkeley and a BA in Philosophy and Religion (Islamic focus) from George Washington University.
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.
Lead Editor and Post Production Manager
Kyle has worked with Inequality Media since 2015. In his current role, Kyle oversees the entire post-production process as the lead editor of Inequality Media videos.
Kyle has a diverse background in narrative and documentary that spans features, shorts, television and commercials. Twinsburg and Library of Dust, on which Kyle served as Producer/Editor, played at over 60 film festivals and received 13 Best Picture awards. Bringing years of storytelling and technical skills together, Kyle is driven to create fun and inspiring content that challenges preconceptions.
Kyle received his BA in Film Studies from UC Berkeley, where he also played tuba for the Cal Band.
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.
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 fourth year at UC Berkeley, majoring in Architecture. She also has a long-time interest in policy. In 2017, she ventured off to Paris to study at the Paris Institute of Political Studies, pursuing a minor in Political Economy. Despite the distance, Laney has continued in her role at Inequality Media.
Research and Production Coordinator
Shayda is responsible for coordinating the research and production of Inequality Media’s videos. This includes providing archival research for scripts, executing live broadcasts and video shoots, and managing partner and volunteer coordination.
Shayda’s background is in public policy research, diversity and inclusion, and advocacy. She most recently served as an Associate at Mason Tillman Associates, Ltd., researching the supplier diversity of local, city, and state contracting programs. Previously, she has worked as a Policy Intern for the district office of U.S. Representative Buck McKeon.
Shayda graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies, where she took courses in social science research, civil and human rights, and international conflict resolution.
Board of Directors
Zoë Beck (Chair)
Katrina vanden Heuvel