Kristin McCracken is a writer who consults with filmmakers and film festivals on social media, web content, and digital strategy; among others, clients include the Hamptons International Film Festival, 20 Feet From Stardom, Running Wild, and Cinetic/FilmBuff. After 18 years in higher education administration, she changed careers in 2008, eventually becoming Vice President of Digital Media for Tribeca Enterprises (parent company of the Tribeca Film Festival). She has contributed in-depth filmmaker profiles to The Playlist (Indiewire), The Huffington Post, Filmwax Radio, Design Bureau, and TribecaFilm.com. Her latest book is entitled “101 Things to Do Before You Turn 40.” She attended both the University of Virginia and New York University. Follow her on Twitter @kmc1213.
Liat Baranoff was born in Tel Aviv and grew up in Austin, TX. She studied International Relations and Russian Studies at Brown University. After graduation, she worked for 5 years in marketing, strategy and technical support in New York’s Silicon Alley. In 2001, she changed careers into teaching, earning a masters at Bank Street College of Education. She taught all subjects in middle school for 8 years, focusing on science and world history. She has a passion for working with children to nurture self-esteem, develop critical thinking skills and instill social responsibility.
Today, she is a science curriculum writer and educator for the Bay Area non-profit Science is Elementary, while a busy mom to Sammy, 6, and Mia, 3.
Kyle Matter works as an Associate at KKR Capstone, the portfolio operations group of the global private equity firm. He joined KKR after completing his M.B.A. at Harvard Business School. Prior to that, Kyle was with Bain & Company, a management consultancy, in the Chicago office where he worked in a variety of industries including consumer products, defense, and education.
In addition to his M.B.A., Kyle holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.
Grant is co-founder of critically acclaimed design initiative and interactive publishing platform GreenerMags, a collective of designers, digital specialists, editors and contributors focused on creating and publishing original, design-centric storytelling. He is also editor-in-chief and art director of interactive magazine FRMAG, the pilot magazine publication by the group.
Not satisfied with the existing blog format, Grant recently introduced True & Everlasting, published on a new visual blogging platform by GreenerMags. With a keen interest in student publishing, he serves on the newly-formed advisory committee for the next generation of magazine communications at Wesleyan University and is also an active advisor to JHU Politik, a Johns Hopkins political journal. Grant combines his love for ideas, design and sustainability conceiving and launching new startup brands online. Current projects include FirstRide Cars (Safer, cooler, greener cars) and Tunespotter (Find the music behind the media). Grant continues to identify creative business opportunities around design and sustainable practices. His mission: Do good. Do well.™
Sheila Kaplan is a prize-winning investigative reporter who focuses on the intersection of politics, money and public health. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Politics Daily, Discover, The Nation, The Washington Monthly, andThe New Republic, among other publications.
Kaplan spent many years in Washington, DC, covering lobbying and money-in-politics for a variety of media outlets, among them: Legal Times, ABC News, NBC News, MSNBC on the Internet and PBS. Her documentary, “Justice for Sale,” co-produced with Bill Moyers for FRONTLINE, revealed the corrupting influence of campaign cash on the judicial system. More recently, Kaplan has produced investigative pieces examining the impact of lobbying on public policy, especially on environmental issues, for Dan Rather Reports and for the American University Investigative Reporting Workshop.
A 2001-02 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, Kaplan has won numerous other journalism honors, among them the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Prize for Distinguished Reporting, The Lowell Mellett Award for Media Criticism (now called the Bart Richards Prize), a Screenwriters Guild nomination, and several national Emmy nominations. In 2008-09, she was a lecturer on political reporting at the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism. From 2008 to 2010, Kaplan was an investigative reporting fellow with the Nation Institute.
Kaplan is now finishing a book exposing how environmental pollutants damage the developing brain – and why the government has failed to protect the public against them. It will be published next year by Nation Books, an imprint of Basic Books.
Kaplan earned a BA at the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master of Journalism degree from University of California, Berkeley.
During her fellowship year, Kaplan will write a monograph on the EPA and will also work to develop a way to measure political and corporate influence at the EPA.
Scott Budman is an Emmy award-winning news reporter, who has covered the business and technology beat at NBC News for 16 years. He is the host and co-creator of the syndicated show Tech Now, and can be heard delivering business updates daily on KNBR radio.
He, along with Don Hardy, co-wrote and co-produced the documentary Sound Man.
Kim Bulger is originally from New York and moved to California four years ago when she wanted a change in her life. She has BS in business management and a MA in early childhood/elementary education. She has been teaching preschool for 15 years.
She is thrilled to be a part of the Moving Train organization.