Please meet the Picture Motion 2019-2020 Impact Advisory Board! You can read the full announcement in our October 22nd announcement here, but scroll on to get to know these brilliant changemakers individually.
Jeremy Blacklow joined GLAAD in 2017 as Director of Entertainment Media, where he serves as a liaison between GLAAD and the film, television, music, comic book, and gaming sectors, working to ensure that the industry is equipped to leverage GLAAD’s research and resources to bring about fair, inclusive, accurate, and diverse representations of LGBTQ people and issues.
Prior to joining GLAAD, Jeremy worked for 17 years as a journalist, with a focus in entertainment news. He began his career in New York City at NBC’s Weekend Today show, where he helped cover events ranging from the 2000 presidential election to the Iraq War, while also producing outdoor concerts on the Today show plaza. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2004, Jeremy has worked for companies including CNN, Telepictures, and NBC Universal. He helped launch the TMZ brand in 2005 and the CAA-created digital agency WhoSay in 2011. Jeremy spent five years as Managing Editor of Access Hollywood’s digital enterprises and later helped spearhead the editorial relationship between Yahoo! and CBS’s The Insider, appearing frequently as an on-air entertainment news contributor. In recent years, Jeremy has worked as a digital marketing consultant, while also freelance writing for publications including Variety, TheWrap, and ETOnline.
Bill works for the national nonprofit Interfaith Power & Light. A three month stay at a Zen Buddhist monastery led him to this organization where the mission is to inspire and mobilize people of faith and conscience to take bold and just action on climate change. Bill has over two decades of experience in the nonprofit world, including work with the League of Conservation Voters and The Union of Concerned Scientists. In 2007, he and a climate scientist spent much of the year bicycling 5,000 mile across the U.S. giving talks and doing media outreach around climate change. He began his undergraduate work at U.C. Santa Cruz and finished at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. He completed his Master of Environmental Studies degree at the Evergreen State College with a focus on forest policy.
As president, CEO and co-founder of Higher Heights for America, Glynda C. Carr is at the center of the national movement to grow Black women’s political power from the voting booth to elected office. In 2011, Carr and Kimberly Peeler-Allen co-founded Higher Heights to address the dearth of organizing resources for politically active Black women and the lack of support for those who were considering seeking elected office. Through her leadership, the organization has developed several innovative programs and efforts that have quickly solidified its reputation as the political home and go-to resource for progressive Black women.
Carr is the co-creator of #BlackWomenLead—a powerful coalition movement that is creating an environment for Black women to run, win and lead—and the Higher Heights-powered #BlackWomenVote, a nonpartisan voter-activism campaign that serves as an independent and trusted voice for Black women’s political concerns. Her work to date has helped to elect 11 Black women to the U.S. Congress--including one to the Senate--and increase the number of Black women holding statewide executive office--including helping to elect the first Black woman to serve as New York State attorney general.
Art delaCruz is the President and Chief Operating Officer for Team Rubicon, the only non-profit disaster response organization that utilizes the skills of military veterans to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. In giving veterans an opportunity to continue their service, Team Rubicon provides them with a sense of purpose, community and identity.
A retired U.S. Naval Officer, Art served as Director of Strategic Planning at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems prior to Team Rubicon. He was responsible for coordinating sector strategy development; developing and analyzing strategic growth initiatives; and overseeing the long-range strategic planning process.
Art served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years with notable tours including serving as an instructor at the Navy Fighter Weapons School (Topgun) and as the Commanding Officer of Strike Fighter Squadron TWO TWO (VFA-22). During his career, he made six deployments as an F-14 and F/A-18 Naval Flight Officer. In 2010, he was one of 12 senior Department of Defense (DoD) officers selected as a Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellow, a program that places officers in leading companies to glean best practices that may be applicable in DoD. In this capacity, he was trained by and served with McKinsey & Co. In his final military assignment, Art served as the Deputy of Strategic Policy, and as Systems Innovation Lead at the U.S. Special Operations Command.
Mariko Hirose is a senior staff attorney at the New York Civil Liberties Union, where she focuses on statewide civil rights and civil liberties impact litigation. At the NYCLU, she has worked on cases involving free speech, privacy, government transparency, criminal justice, and gender and sexual orientation discrimination.
Hirose graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 2003 and with Order of the Coif from Stanford Law School in 2008, where she was an articles editor for the Stanford Law Review. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Zainab Zeb Khan is Chair and Cofounder of the Muslim American Leadership Alliance. Born in the US to Asian immigrants, she became an activist after eye-opening experiences counseling survivors of domestic violence and organizing exhibitions for artists facing repression. A former Senior Clinician holding a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, Zainab also co-curated the International Museum of Women’s exhibition “Muslimah: Muslim Women’s Arts and Voices”.The YWCA Chicago gave her its 2014 Racial & Social Justice Award. Zainab has written about gender-based violence for ; was featured in ; and gave a notable “How to Fight Injustice Without Saying a Word”. She coordinates the “Muslim American Journeys” project with NPR’s . She was also aat the. Zainab is the recipient of for 2016. Most recently, she contributed a chapter to the book Can Art Aid in Resolving Conflicts (Amsterdam: FRAME Publishers, 2018).
Expert, media commentator, disability-rights advocate and fashion model, Dr. Danielle Sheypuk is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the problems of dating, relationships and sexuality among the disabled. Wheelchair-dependent since childhood, Dr. Sheypuk has acquired special insights into the challenges facing the community, both in the everyday physical world as well as in the areas of mental, emotional and interpersonal well-being. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The New School for Social Research in New York City and engineered a Skype-based private therapy practice to make it easier for people with disabilities to attend sessions.
Danielle Silber is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) where she leads on developing a portfolio of corporate partnerships to support the organization’s fundraising, marketing, communication and advocacy objectives. Previously she headed up the Corporate Alliances for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) where she had the privilege of designing cause marketing campaigns with companies including HBO, TripAdvisor, Whole Foods, Warner Bros, and Chipotle. She feels lucky to have had the privilege to introduce global projects like family planning services for women in emergency and remote settings, and to cultivate national initiatives like IRC’s refugee farming, nutrition and culinary entrepreneurship program: New Roots.
Before joining the IRC, Danielle taught International Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, where it became clear that students and community members alike were not apathetic to crises affecting the rest of the world, but rather eager for engagement. In her spare time, Danielle has served on the board of COLAGE, a national advocacy and education organization by and for people with one or more Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and/or Transgender parents. In this capacity, she has been featured in media outlets including 20/20, CNN.com, Washington Post, MTV.com, The Advocate, and St. Louis Post Dispatch. She holds a BS in African History and International Studies from Washington University in St. Louis.
Caren Spruch is the Senior Director, Arts & Entertainment Engagement, for Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She founded the organization’s program to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights through pop culture. Caren collaborates with producers, directors, and writers to advise them on incorporating health and advocacy messages into their scripts. She also works closely with prominent television and film actors to engage them in publicly supporting Planned Parenthood’s mission. Caren executive produced Across the Line, a virtual reality film, and co-produced 5 short films with Refinery29.
About the Impact Advisory Board
The Picture Motion Impact Advisory Board is a think tank of issue experts and thought leaders from the nonprofit world with expertise across a broad range of important social issues.
We have long convened issue area experts to advise on all of our individual impact campaigns. Partnerships with activists and non-profit organizations are the foundation of a good impact campaign. In the last few years we’ve seen an increase in audience demand for social impact entertainment, and distributors are responding with powerful and impactful documentary, narrative films, docu- and tv series - and even brand backed movies.
As the field of social impact entertainment evolves, distribution opportunities diversify, and visual storytelling expands beyond traditional film, we know that whatever changes come we must continue to root our work with the people and organizations on the frontlines of today’s most pressing issues.
Each Impact Advisor is deeply passionate about the power of storytelling, understands the importance of representation in media and has actively participated in impact campaigns for various film and media. They also have been an absolute pleasure to work with on past campaigns. They will draw on their individual experiences meeting on a bi-annual basis to review and advise on our impact of campaigns, discuss macro-level industry trends, and provide best practice guidance to the social impact entertainment community.