First Draft achieved extraordinary impact and growth over its existence. This is due to the invaluable efforts and contributions from a long list of respected friends and colleagues, to whom we extend sincere thanks and credit. In particular, we thank the individuals who formed or worked for our original coalition:
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Anusha Alikhan, Vice President of Communications, Wikimedia Foundation
Anusha Alikhan is a strategic communications professional with a diverse background in the nonprofit sector, as well as journalism and law. Prior to joining the Wikimedia Foundation, she was communications director for Knight Foundation, where she worked across the foundation’s focus areas – journalism, communities, arts, learning – as a thought partner and strategy developer.
Anusha serves on the board of The Communications Network and Awesome Foundation Miami and is a member of the Communications Network working group for diversity, equity and inclusion. She has a master’s degree in journalism from New York University, a law degree from Queen’s University in Ontario and an honors bachelor of arts from the University of Toronto.
Daniel Bramatti, Editor, Estadão Verifica
Daniel Bramatti is a former president of the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji). In 2018, he helped First Draft to create Comprova, a collaborative journalism project that fights misinformation in Brazil. Currently, he serves as editor of Estadão Verifica, the fact-checking unit of O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper.
Arnold Brown, Shareholder, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt PC
Arnold Brown is a global technology industry governance specialist and practicing attorney with Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, representing dozens of international technology standards initiatives, open source organizations and tech startups. He is a former licensing executive and in-house general counsel for semiconductor companies and former Chairman of the HDMI Forum. He has served on the board of the literary magazine, Zyzzyva, and currently serves on the advisory board of the Universal Hip Hop Museum. He holds degrees from Harvard University and Berkeley Law.
Paul Cheung, CEO, The Center for Public Integrity
Paul Cheung leads The Center for Public Integrity as CEO to reverse the effects of inequalities with investigative journalism. Previously, he managed a multimillion-dollar investment portfolio at the Knight Foundation to scale the use of artificial intelligence, improve business sustainability solutions, and combat misinformation. Cheung has 20 years of experience in leading digital transformation and led cross-functional teams of journalists, technologists, data scientists and designers at media outlets including NBC News Digital, The Associated Press, the Miami Herald and The Wall Street Journal.
Angela Matusik, Head of Corporate Brand, Content and Creative, HP
Angela Matusik is HP’s head of corporate brand, content and creative with over 25 years of experience creating stories for global audiences. At HP, she oversees the tech leader’s corporate brand voice, identity, and master narrative. She leads a team of brand journalists that works with media and agency partners to bring stories of technology, innovation, impact, and creativity to life in digital, print, and films.
Prior to joining the tech industry at HP, Matusik developed brand content for entertainment, media, and fashion companies big and small, including Focus Features, Global Brand Group, Olivela, and more. She brings over two decades of media experience to the table, after working as an editor, writer, and digital leader at brands like People, InStyle and NBCUniversal. Matusik has a BS from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, and has taught digital media at New York University. She serves on the advisory board of Brand Storytelling, and at HP’s nonprofit foundation, HP Life.
Lynn Scheid, Producer and Journalist
Lynn Scheid is a former journalist and news producer who has extensive experience producing breaking news coverage across multiple countries. He has covered war, global politics and entertainment, working on some of the most iconic television shows in American history, including “Larry King Live,” “60 Minutes” and “America’s Most Wanted.”
He has amassed decades of experience in the NGO sector, where he has managed global projects for some of the world’s leading nonprofits. He has worked with USAID, the Carnegie Foundation and the Ford Foundation, among others. He is a fierce advocate for journalistic integrity and eradicating misinformation.