Robert Pierre has more than two decades of journalism experience, primarily reporting and editing at The Washington Post. As a reporter, he covered local and state legislatures in the District and Maryland and the heartland of America as the Chicago bureau chief in the immediate aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks. Robert was also part of the team of metro reporters who won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News for coverage of the shooting massacre at Virginia Tech in 2007. Robert came up with the initial idea and was a key collaborator and writer for the groundbreaking series, Being A Black Man, which was repurposed into a book of the same name. Prior to leaving the Post in 2012, Robert led the formation in 2011 of an internal startup, The Root DC, an online extension of The Root and the Post’s local staff targeting African Americans. Pierre co-authored (with Jon Jeter) A Day Late and a Dollar Short: High Hopes and Deferred Dreams in Obama’s ‘Post Racial’ America.
Madia Brown has more than 9 years experience in design and visual communications. She gained experience telling complicated stories simplistically through the use of visual media — such as images, information graphics and video on mediums from print to web to mobile — during her time as design editor and art director for The Washington Post. She has provided services for many organizations including local D.C. government, as well as institutions of higher education, such as the University District of Columbia. She has her MBA in international business.
Traci Green is an expert in social marketing. She currently is a professional social media advisor with Rising Tide Capital, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing significantly under-resourced entrepreneurs in distressed urban areas with the skills, tools and information they need to start and grow successful businesses; and the social media Community Manager for Dr. Scholl’s®, Coppertone®, Claritin® and Active Family Project™.