Our Team | The Co-Founders

Anna Simonton is an editor for Scalawag magazine and co-author of the book None of the Above: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal, Corporate Greed, and the Criminalization of Educators. She was a Movement Communications Fellow at Project South, where she produced a report on movement journalism that laid some of the groundwork for Press On. Anna has worked as a freelance journalist covering many issues, including education and the carceral state. And she has been an active participant in social movements that are prefiguring a world without white supremacy, hetero-patriarchy, capitalism, and militarism. Anna was born and raised in Atlanta, and lives in Athens, Georgia.

In her roles as multimedia journalist, curator, strategist, and educator, Manolia Charlotin tells stories that feed spirit and amplifies voices that seek liberation. Over the last 15 years she has helped lead several media organizations and campaigns, including the Boston Haitian Reporter, The Haitian Times, and Feet in 2 Worlds. Most recently, she was the Associate Director at The Media Consortium, a network of leading independent news media, where she advanced the sector’s racial equity strategy, development of emerging local media networks, coverage of social justice movements, and editorial management for a landmark scientific study on the impact of collaborative storytelling. Currently, as a strategic consultant to movement-building organizations and independent media platforms, she’s helping change agents channel their resources to center the capacity of communities of color to build institutions in their image. Manolia also serves on the board of directors for Bitch Media and YES! Media.

Lewis Wallace is a journalist and activist based in Durham, North Carolina, who’s been active in movements for racial and gender justice for over 15 years. Since 2012, he’s been a full-time reporter and editor, primarily with public radio, and previously he was the coordinator of a community-produced media program with the prison justice organization Project NIA. He has extensive experience with mentorship and political education for both activists and journalists, and his work as a journalist has been recognized with many local and national awards. His book and podcast about the history and future of “objectivity” in journalism, The View from Somewhere, will be out in October 2019.

Mia Henry is the founder and principal of Freedom Lifted, a company providing civil rights tours to the Deep South and social justice trainings using a historical lens. Mia has more than 18 years of experience in nonprofit management, social justice facilitation, leadership development, and history education. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director of the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College and the founding director of the Chicago Freedom School.

Jo Ellen Green Kaiser runs JGKSF Consulting, a business dedicated to supporting independent media organizations marrying mission to revenue. For the past seven years, she served as Executive Director of The Media Consortium, which was a network of 80 independent news organizations. Jo Ellen provided Press On with foundational support around governance, financial systems, and digital infrastructure.