Portraits by Laney Inamine
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.
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.
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.
Director of Productions
Yael joined Inequality Media as Director of Productions in January 2016. She oversees the production of all Inequality Media videos and our social media strategy. As our newest team member, Yael has allowed us to expand our output and move into new video formats.
Yael is an award-winning filmmaker with a passion for documentaries. Over the last decade working as an independent documentary filmmaker, Yael has won many accolades. Her documentary Chicken and Zoe screened at numerous festivals, including Big Sky and Slamdance, and won Best Short Documentary at the Oregon Independent Film Festival. Reborning screened at Full Frame and DOC NY (among others), and won many awards, including the Audience Award at Arizona International Film Festival.
Yael holds an MFA from Stanford University in Documentary Film and Video and an MA from the New School in Media Studies.
Board of Directors
Heather Kindlaw Lofthouse (Chair)
Katrina vanden Heuvel