Because we're located at Northwestern University, the Knight Lab has the benefit of frequent interaction with a bunch of really smart and creative students and faculty. With the hiring of relationships manager Ryan Graff, we've begun to gear up our ongoing dialogue with publishers in the Chicagoland area.
But everyone can use some outside advice, and to help us in that task we've assembled an advisory board of talented individuals with deep expertise and diverse perspectives. Collectively, their experiences include technology development, technology strategy, technology management, media research, media innovation, entrepreneurship and emerging community media.
In addition to John Bracken, director of media innovation at the Knight Foundation, our advisory board consists of Jay Budzik, chief technical officer at Perfect Market; Julianna Cole, SVP and CIO at the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago; Michelle McLellan, founder and organizer of Block by Block; Matt Moog, founder and CEO of Viewpoints.com; and Michael Zimbalist, VP research and development operations at the New York Times Company.
The advisory board held its first meeting in mid-November and we got a quick dose of helpful feedback on our initial set of projects and some ideas we ought to consider for the future. The board is a collection of strong individuals with some strong viewpoints on how to affect change, and we look forward to an ongoing exchange on the best ways for the Lab to make an impact on media innovation.
This PDF provides more background on each member.