Robert J. Ross, Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation

TITLE: President and CEO

FUNDING AREAS: Journalism, new media, access to media

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PROFILE: In addition to his position as President, CEO, and member of the Board of Directors of the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, Robert J. Ross (who goes by Bob) is also President, CEO, and member of the Board of Directors of the Inasmuch Foundation. These two Oklahoma City-based institutions are two of the state's largest private foundations, both founded by Edith Kinney Gaylord in 1982, the daughter Edward K. Gaylord, noted editor and publisher of The Oklahoman and The Oklahoma City Times.

Ross' foundation bio shares: 

A former associate at McAfee & Taft law firm, Ross joined the Foundation in 2003 as Vice President and Executive Director, and in 2005, he became President and CEO of the Foundation.

Kathy Im, MacArthur Foundation

TITLE: Director of Journalism and Media

FUNDING AREAS: Documentaries, radio, television, nonprofit journalism, media

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PROFILE: Im is the Director of Journalism and Media at the MacArthur Foundation. Her foundation bio shares: 

Kathy oversees investments in the Foundation’s Journalism and Media program, which supports the foremost institutions of public service journalism, documentary storytelling, and participatory civic media. During her tenure, MacArthur has contributed to numerous impactful and award-winning investigative reports, and important innovations in the production and distribution of nonfiction media. In the Fall of 2014, Kathy took a sabbatical from the Foundation to be a Visiting Fellow at MIT’s Open Documentary Lab. At MIT, she explored the intersection of interactive documentaries and digital journalism, and laid the groundwork for new collaborations between interactive media makers and major news organizations. She is the co-author of “Unrestricted funding vital for journalism,” published by the American Press Institute in 2016, a member of the Peabody Board of Jurors, and the board of Media Impact Funders.

At MacArthur, Kathy has also managed or contributed to a number of special initiatives, including the Foundation’s work on gun violence prevention, intellectual property in the public interest, Internet information credibility, migration, and American democracy. Prior to joining the Foundation, Kathy worked at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Bank of America Foundation. In 2007, Kathy was named a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, a civic program for emerging leaders.

Kathy earned her bachelor's degree in government from Smith College and her master's in Public Policy from the Harris School at the University of Chicago, where she was a founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago Policy Review.

Jon M. Jensen, Park Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director, Sustainable Ithaca

FUNDING AREAS: Environment, Media, Animal Welfare, Higher Education

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PROFILE: Jon M. Jensen serves as Executive Director, Sustainable Ithaca at the Park Foundation. His foundation bio shares:

Jon has served as Executive Director since 2007, and has managed the Sustainable Ithaca Program since 2014. His previous positions include Senior Program Officer in Environment for the George Gund Foundation, Associate Director of the Pew Conservation Scholars Program, Senior Program Associate of the Pew Charitable Trusts, and Executive Director of the Wildlife Preservation Trust International.

His career in philanthropy includes over 30 years of grantmaking and founding roles in The Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, where he also served as chair of the board; the Environmental Grantmakers Association, an organization where he twice served as chair; and as founding chair of Confluence Philanthropy. He has also served on the boards of American Rivers, Institute for Conservation Leadership, Wildlife Preservation Trust International and Yellowstone Ecosystem Studies in addition to numerous advisory councils.

Jon’s academic background includes a BS in Psychobiology from Albright College and an MS in Animal Behavior from Bucknell University. Jon has spoken at national conferences on subjects such as endangered species, nonprofit management, green buildings, smart growth, watershed conservation, philanthropy, nonprofit leadership, journalism, higher education and mission related investing.

John Bracken, Knight Foundation

TITLE: Vice President, Technology Innovation

FUNDING AREAS: Journalism, media

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PROFILE: John Bracken serves as vice president of technology innovation at the Knight Foundation, where his official bio shares:

John Bracken joined Knight Foundation in June 2010.

Bracken is vice president of the Technology Innovation Program, which funds projects that improve the creation, sharing and use of information essential to communities. He supervises the Knight News Challenge and the Knight Prototype Fund.

Bracken has 15 years of experience as a philanthropic investor in digital media, media policy and innovation, having previously worked at the Ford Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He serves on the board of the Illinois Humanities Council.

Bracken earned a master’s degree from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts from Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif.


Knight News Challenge 2011: A Q and A with John Bracken from Knight Foundation on Vimeo.

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