Phil Straus joined the Mother Jones board in February 2006 and has served as co-chair and chair of the board since June 2008. He also served for ten years on the board of the Center for Defense Information and supports its Straus Military Reform Project. He is a professional large-format fine art photographer and an expert downhill skier. He has studied and used mathematics for much of his lifetime and now volunteers at a local public elementary school, bringing a lifetime of loving math to 6th graders. His Philadelphia home has the only non-periodic Penrose-tiled room in the world.
Monika Bauerlein is CEO of Mother Jones. Previously, she served as co-editor with Clara Jeffery, who is now editor-in-chief. Together, they spearheaded an era of editorial growth and innovation, marked by two National Magazine Awards for general excellence, the addition of a 12-person Washington Bureau, and an overhaul of the organization’s digital strategy that grew MotherJones.com‘s traffic more than tenfold. She has also worked as Mother Jones‘ investigative editor, focusing on long-form projects marrying in-depth reportage, document sleuthing, and narrative appeal, and as an alternative-weekly editor, a correspondent for US and European publications in Washington, D.C. and at the United Nations, an AP stringer, corporate trainer, translator, sausage slinger and fishing-line packager. She lives in Oakland.
Clara Jeffery is Editor-in-Chief of Mother Jones where, together with Monika Bauerlein, she has spearheaded an era of editorial growth and innovation, marked by the addition of now 13-person Washington bureau, an overhaul of the organization’s digital strategy and a corresponding 15-fold growth in traffic, and the winning of two National Magazine Awards for general excellence. When Jeffery and Bauerlein received a PEN award for editing in 2012, the judges noted: "With its sharp, compelling blend of investigative long-form journalism, eye-catching infographics and unapologetically confident voice, Mother Jones under Jeffery and Bauerlein has been transformed from what was a respected—if under-the-radar—indie publication to an internationally recognized, powerhouse general-interest periodical influencing everything from the gun-control debate to presidential campaigns." In addition to their success on the print side, Jeffery and Bauerlein’s relentless attention to detail, boundless curiosity and embrace of complex subjects are also reflected on the magazine’s increasingly influential website, whose writers and reporters often put more well-known and deep-pocketed news divisions to shame. Before joining the staff of Mother Jones, Jeffery was a senior editor of Harper’s magazine. Fourteen pieces that she personally edited have been finalists for National Magazine Awards, in the categories of essay, profile, reporting, public interest, feature, and fiction. Works she edited have also been selected to appear in various editions of Best American Essays, Best American Travel Writing, Best American Sports Writing, and Best American Science Writing. Clara cut her journalistic teeth at Washington City Paper, where she wrote and edited political, investigative, and narrative features, and was a columnist. Jeffery is a graduate of Carleton College and Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. She resides in the Mission District of San Francisco with her partner Chris Baum and their son, Milo. Their burrito joint of choice is El Metate.
As Mother Jones’ publisher, Steve Katz helped guide Mother Jones through a decade of transformation into an award-winning digital-first investigative reporting organization with 14 million readers each month in print and online. Having worn many different hats at MoJo since starting there in 2003, Steve is currently the lead staff for The Moment for Mother Jones, a $25 million special fundraising campaign to underwrite investments in the organization’s growth. Launched in early 2016, the campaign is more than halfway toward its goal. Steve is also a co-founder of The Media Consortium, a network of more than 70 progressive, independent media organizations. Steve has forty years’ experience working in the fields of journalism, environmental advocacy, the arts, social justice, and neighborhood-based housing development, and has served on a number of non-profit boards. Steve received his PhD in Sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and his B.A. from Oberlin College. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Rachelle.
Sara Frankel has worked in media companies since starting her first job as a Mother Jones intern in 1986. She subsequently worked as an editor and feature writer for both weekly magazines and a daily newspaper. Since receiving her MBA in 1994, she has held a range of business positions in electronic media companies, most recently running an internet company she founded in 1999. She is currently working as a business consultant in New York.
Becca Andrews is the assistant news editor at Mother Jones. A Southerner, she reports on the Southeast, gender, and culture. Before joining Mother Jones as an editorial fellow, she wrote for newspapers in Tennessee.
Arran Bardige is a media consultant who helps companies and nonprofits create customer acquisition strategies. Previously, he was the associate director of analytics and insights for Newsweek and the Daily Beast, where he helped develop the "Read This" list and transformed the Daily Beast into one of the fastest-growing news sites. In a previous career, he pioneered the use of crowdsourcing for search engine optimization, and he led search engine optimization for all of Home Depot’s products, as well as for BJs and Tommy Hilfiger. He is currently receiving an MBA from Cornell’s Johnson School of Management, with a concentration in sustainable global enterprise.
In the summers, you can find him struggling to do yoga on paddleboards and going for accidental swims in various ponds. Arran is a proud graduate of Wesleyan University, on the board of The A.L. Mailman Foundation, and an active member in the Philanthropy Workshop.
Harriet is the director of the HKH Foundation, which makes grants in areas relating to the environment, the arms race, and civil liberties, and is also director of the Blue Mountain Center, an upstate New York workplace for artists, writers, and activists. She has also founded and cofounded 12 public interest organizations and has been a member of the board of directors of more than 50 nonprofits.
Jane is chair of the Conference on World Affairs, chair of the Arts & Sciences Advisory Council at the University of Colorado, and a member of the BioFrontiers Advisory Board and the Health Committee, Rose Community Foundation. She is the founder of the consulting firm Conventional Wisdom Ltd.
Andre Carothers has more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, philanthropy, program development, and organizational and leadership development. He is currently an independent consultant. He was a cofounder and executive director of the Rockwood Leadership Institute, a national nonprofit training and consulting organization, where he now works as a senior fellow. He serves as chair of the board of the Rainforest Action Network and is a board member of International Rivers. He is also a senior adviser to the Weinmann Charitable Trust and the executive director of the Furthur Foundation and the New Place Fund. From 1984 to 1997, he worked at Greenpeace USA as an editor of their national newsmagazine, a campaign manager, and a member of the board of directors. He was a regular columnist for E magazine and has written extensively on environment and civic issues for many publications. He has authored numerous reports, articles, and conference presentations on topics ranging from the economics of timber extraction in Papua New Guinea to the integration of spiritual practice into social activism. He received an MA in environmental science from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California-Berkeley.
Since 2001, Diane Filippi has been the director of the SPUR (San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association) Urban Design Center. She guided SPUR’s effort to build a new Urban Center facility in the heart of downtown San Francisco (including a successful $14 million capital campaign), expanding the organization’s reach into the community, the region, the state, and the country.
Prior to joining SPUR, Diane was a founding partner and managing partner of SMWM, the largest women-owned and -operated architectural and urban planning firm in San Francisco. She was responsible for strategic marketing, business planning, and all aspects of running a design practice in San Francisco and New York. Among the firm’s notable projects were the renovations of the San Francisco Ferry Building and the new Main Library in San Francisco.
Diane has served on several nonprofit boards; she was chair of the San Francisco Friends of the Library, the board of directors of the State of California Friends of the Library in Sacramento, and the New York-based Libraries for the Future. She also chaired the campaign to Keep Libraries Alive, which won in an election by a large majority and raised more than $300,000,000 for San Francisco libraries, kept libraries open six days a week, and tripled the book budget. She is also chair of the board of directors of Rail-volution, a national transportation and livable-community organization founded by Congressman Earl Blumenaur.
Linda W. Gruber
Linda W. Gruber is the president of the Gruber Family Foundation, established in 1987. The foundation funds in the areas of women’s issues, human rights, the arts, progressive journalism, and education. She currently serves on the board of the Global Fund for Women and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and is a member of Women Moving Millions; she formerly served on the board of directors of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Beginning with a stint in the Lyndon Johnson White House, Linda worked as a consultant, taught at San Francisco State University, and worked for the U.S. Department of Labor. A graduate of Wellesley College, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Jon D. Gruber; they have two grown children and six grandchildren.
Steve enthusiastically joined the Mother Jones board in the fall of 2017. He is the retired founder of Christian Book Distributors, the leading mail order and internet company serving the Christian market (carrying over 100,000 products and employing 450 when he sold the business in 2004), and Hendrickson Publishers, a small publisher of classic reference and academic titles for the religious market. Steve has been active with numerous non-profit organizations, including serving for many years on the Vestry and as Treasurer of Trinity Church (Episcopal), Boston, and the board of trustees of North Park University, Chicago. He currently serves as Investment Committee chair for both Trinity Church and Sherrill House (a 180 bed skilled nursing facility with historic ties to Trinity Church), and has worked with numerous Boston area organizations, from business education partnerships to local YMCAs. He has been active and involved in projects in Croatia and East Africa, from education, women’s microenterprise, and building wells, to LGBT friendly organizations in oppressed areas of Africa.
Steve earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sacred Music from Central Bible College, is an avid pilot with instrument, multi engine and jet ratings, and no less an avid follower of American politics and supporter of liberal and progressive candidates for political office, missing few appearances of David Corn on MSNBC. He can cure most cases of insomnia with a discussion of airplane engines, plays a mean piano, and aspires to return to the golden years of mediocrity in his golf game. After a twenty seven year courtship, Steve married his long time partner, David McCord (also the son of a Pentecostal minister), in 2014. They live with their three dogs according to the season in Boston, Vermont and Florida.
Adam is a writer and was one of the cofounders of Mother Jones. He is the author of seven books: Half the Way Home: a Memoir of Father and Son; The Mirror at Midnight: a South African Journey; The Unquiet Ghost: Russians Remember Stalin; Finding the Trapdoor: Essays, Portraits, Travels; King Leopold’s Ghost: a Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa; Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves; and To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918. In 1997 and 1998, he spent five months as a Fulbright lecturer in India, and he teaches a writing class at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California-Berkeley.
Rick is a founding principal of Melcher & Tucker Consultants, a Chicago-based strategic marketing and communications firm advising small and midsize companies and not-for-profit organizations. Since he co-founded the business in 2000, Rick has helped clients with strategic planning, media and capital campaigns, and in building alliances. Prior to his current endeavors, Rick worked at two leading public policy web sites, and spent two decades at Business Week magazine, managing bureaus in Chicago and London, and where he received the Citation for Excellence from the Overseas Press Club for reporting on Europe and the Center for Education Reform’s award for Excellence in Journalism.
Rick is a board member of the Foundation for National Progress, and serves on the national board of trustees and the Chicago advisory board of Facing History and Ourselves. He is also on the executive committee of the board of directors of Chicago Commons and is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations. A graduate of Duke University, Rick and his wife, Barbara, are the parents of three children.
Carolyn Mugar is and has been for twenty years the Executive Director of Farm Aid. Previous to that, she was an organizer with the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union and the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers International Union. Both unions have since merged several times. She also founded the Armenia Tree Project based in Watertown Massachusetts and Yerevan, Armenia and is very active on Armenian issues, going back and forth to Armenia several times a year. She likes to bike a lot. She walked the whole Camino in Spain over four years ago. She went to college and received a higher education.
Jon Pageler has been a Vice President of Diageo, the world’s leading premium drinks company, since 2003 and is currently responsible for Marketing Communications. At Diageo, Mr. Pageler’s responsibilities include overseeing the marketing communications efforts in North America, as well as coordinating these efforts with the other Diageo markets worldwide. Prior to becoming the Head of Marketing Communications for North America, Mr. Pageler served as the Brand Communications Strategist in Diageo’s world Headquarters in London.
Mr. Pageler began his tenure with Diageo in Napa, as the Diageo Chateau & Estate Wine Company’s executive in charge of Corporate Relations in the role of Vice President Corporate Relations, Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines.
From 2000 to 2003, prior to joining Diageo, Mr. Pageler worked for the Crisis Management and Strategic Communications firm, Westhill Partners, where, among other responsibilities, he managed the firm’s largest client, Diageo. Mr. Pageler came to Westhill from his role as Scheduler and, ultimately, Trip Director on the Bill Bradley for President Campaign, where he served for two years. From 1995 through 1998, Mr. Pageler held positions on several political campaigns including as the Scheduler for Charles Schumer’s successful bid to unseat US Senator Al Damato and as Campaign Manager for Charlie King’s unsuccessful bid for New York State Lieutenant Governor.
Prior to that Mr. Pageler worked for the American Red Cross as a communications specialist and as an Investigator for the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, a non-profit criminal defense firm based on 125th Street in Manhattan.
Mr. Pageler graduated with honors and a BA in Philosophy from Carleton College in Northfield Minnesota in 1990.
Ken is a technologist, designer, musician and amateur chef. Working at the intersection of design and technology, Ken has led several software and design projects over a 30-year career, most recently as CTO at Groupon.com He is currently an investor and advisor to several early stage start-ups, including DesktimeApp.com, TheNounProject.com and Kitchensurfing.com
Ken serves on the board of The Old Town School of Folk Music and The Awesome Foundation of Chicago, and is partner and board member at City Winery Chicago.
Ken has had a lifelong interest in cooking and the politics of food. He recently completed the ‘La Technique’ program at The French Culinary Institute, NYC and is a founding member of The Kitchen Community Chicago, a non-profit based in Boulder, CO that is building ‘learning gardens’ in Chicago schools.
Ken is a 20-year transplant from the Boston area to Chicago where he lives with his wife, Amanda Lao and their 2 year old rooftop garden.
James West is Mother Jones’ senior digital editor in New York. His six-part video series that accompanied Mother Jones’s private prison exposé helped earn a National Magazine Award (and land him in jail for 24 hours.)
Judy Wise is a long-time friend of Mother Jones and served on the FNP board of directors for several years in the 1990s. She is a Senior Director of Facing History and Ourselves, an international non-profit professional development organization for educators reaching more than 3 million students every year. She was the founder of the organization’s first regional office in Chicago and served as its Executive Director until 2002, when she founded the UK office. She now works across the organization on marketing and fundraising.
Judy also serves on President Obama’s Commission on White House Fellowships, on Chicago’s Human Rights Watch executive committee, and is a Board Member of Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, which recognized her as one of 40 Who Made a Difference in celebration of the organization’s 40th Anniversary. Previously, she served as Executive Director of the Committee on Illinois Government and worked in the news department at both NBC TV and CBS TV in Chicago. During Barack Obama’s campaigns, she was on the National Finance Committee. Ms. Wise received her B.A. from Washington University and M.A. in psychiatric social work from the University of Chicago. She is married to Sheldon Baskin and has two grown children.