Tom Insel, MD, is the former director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), which he headed for 13 years. He is also the founding director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience at Emory University and former director of the Yerkes Primate Center there. He currently serves as special advisor to California Governor Newsom on mental health and as Board Chair of the Steinberg Institute. A psychiatrist, neuroscientist focusing on the neurobiology of social behavior and national leader in mental health research, policy, and technology, Insel has also been involved in a number of Silicon Valley teams and startups, including leading the Mental Health Team at Verily (Google Life Sciences) and co-founding Mindstrong Health and Humanest Care.
Neha Chaudhary, MD, is a writer and medical journalist who writes for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, Wired, CNN, ABC News and the ABC News Medical Unit, and other outlets. She is also a double board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist on faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School and cofounder of Brainstorm, Stanford’s Lab for Mental Health Innovation. Her research focuses on the intersection of technology and mental health, including using tech to promote early intervention and resilience in children. As she has said, she is a strong believer in the power of journalism and storytelling to make mental health mainstream.
Susan Ferriss is a journalist at the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative news group in Washington, D.C. She led CPI’s Trump-era “Immigration Decoded” blog and is a two-time winner of Columbia University’s Tobenkin award for reporting on discrimination. Her investigations have exposed COVID-19 deaths of immigrants and guest workers in the U.S. food industry and the expulsions of rural students in California left to self-educate. Susan’s reports on school policing and its impact on children of color and students with disabilities changed policies in California, and also led Virginia to become the first state to bar charging students with disorderly conduct. As a Latin America correspondent for Cox Newspapers, Susan won honors from the Overseas Press Club and Inter-American Press Association for a series on failed promises of Mexican economic reforms. Ferriss co-wrote The Fight in the Fields, a biography of farmworker leader Cesar Chavez, and produced The Golden Cage, an award-winning documentary about farmworkers.
Barbara Greenberg, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of adolescents and their parents. She was the director of an inpatient adolescent unit at a psychiatric hospital in New York for 21 years and is now in full-time private practice in Fairfield County, Connecticut. She is the co-author of Teenage as a Second Language – A Parent’s Guide to Becoming Bilingual, which offers parents strategies for decoding their teens’ often baffling behavior and building strong, loving relationships based on trust and respect. She has written regularly for US News & World Report and has a column on teens and mental health in Psychology Today. In addition, she has shared her expertise on a variety of news programs, including Good Morning America, Nightline, CNN, NBC, and Investigation Discovery and has lectured on teen and parenting issues around the country. Born in New York City, Greenberg received a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Evelyn Hsu is Co-Executive Director, Programming and Operations, at the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. She joined the institute in 2004 as director of programs and also has served as its senior director for programs and operations. She worked as a reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle and The Washington Post. She was an associate director of the American Press Institute and a member of the faculty of the Poynter Institute. She is a past national president of the Asian American Journalists Association. She is a graduate of the Maynard Institute’s Summer Program for Minority Journalists.
Andy Keller, PhD, is President and Chief Executive Officer, Linda Perryman Evans Presidential Chair, of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, a Texas-based nonprofit that provides nonpartisan policy and program research, development, and advice to national, state, and community leaders towards a single goal: improving mental health care delivery in Texas and the nation. Andy is a licensed psychologist with more than 25 years of experience in behavioral health policy, financing, and best practice implementation. His work has centered on helping state and local health systems implement evidence-based and innovative care, as well as helping local and state governments develop the regulatory and financial frameworks to support them. Prior to moving full time into policy work, Andy was a managing partner for 15 years at a national behavioral health management consulting firm where he focused on health financing and system improvement. Before that, he worked in Colorado with a leading Medicaid HMO and the local community mental health system, where he directed and led a range of community-based and care management programs.
Patrick J. Kennedy is a former U.S. Representative and founder of The Kennedy Forum. In Congress, Kennedy was the lead author of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which requires insurers to cover treatment for mental health and substance use disorders no more restrictively than treatment for illnesses of the body. In 2013, he founded The Kennedy Forum, a nonprofit that unites advocates, business leaders, and government agencies to advance evidence-based practices, policies, and programming in mental health and addiction. He co-authored the 2015 New York Times Bestseller, “A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction.”
Martin G. Reynolds is Co-Executive Director, External Affairs and Funding at Maynard Institute and previously served as senior fellow for strategic planning. He co-founded Oakland Voices, a community storytelling project that trains residents to serve as community correspondents and was named Digital First Media’s Innovator of the Year for his work. He served as senior editor for community engagement and training for Bay Area News Group and editor-in-chief of The Oakland Tribune from 2008 to 2011. Reynolds was also a lead editor on the Chauncey Bailey Project, formed in 2007 to investigate the slaying of the former Oakland Post editor. He directs the Reveal Investigative Fellowships from the Center for Investigative Reporting and has helped to raise more than $1 million from foundations to support reporting and community engagement initiatives. Reynolds conducts Fault Lines diversity training programs for media companies and colleges and universities and is a sought-after speaker on the state of diversity, trust and inclusion in journalism.
Tina Rosenberg is Co-Founder & VP for Innovation of the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit learning, training and story distribution hub that works to spread the practice of solutions journalism: rigorous reporting on responses to social problems. Tina is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author. She co-authors the Fixes column in The New York Times “Opinionator” section. Her books include “Children of Cain: Violence and the Violent in Latin America,” and “The Haunted Land: Facing Europe’s Ghosts After Communism,” which won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. She has written for dozens of magazines, including The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Foreign Policy and The Atlantic. She is the author, most recently, of “Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World.”
Ricardo Sandoval-Palos is public editor of PBS, overseeing the station’s editorial integrity and serving as the interlocutor between the audience and PBS’ content creators. He also edits the new Latino online news magazine palabra, (“Word” in Spanish), a digital publishing platform featuring the work of freelancers in the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Sandoval-Palos is an award-winning investigative journalist and served as consulting investigative editor for Inside Climate News and 100Reporters. Previously, he was a supervising editor for NPR’s Morning Edition, project manager at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, and assistant city editor at The Sacramento Bee. He spent a decade as Latin America correspondent for The Dallas Morning News and San Jose Mercury News. Before that, he was an investigative business reporter for the Orange County Register and San Francisco Examiner, and an associate of the Center for Investigative Reporting. Sandoval- Palos’ work has been recognized by the Overseas Press Club, the Inter-American Press Association, the Gerald Loeb Awards, Boston College’s Myers Center Awards, and the Greater Los Angeles Press Club.
David Talbot is the New York Times bestselling author of The Devil’s Chessboard, Brothers and Season of the Witch, and, most recently, By the Light of Burning Dreams: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the Second American Revolution (coauthored with his sister Margaret Talbot). He founded the pioneering online magazine Salon, was a senior editor of Mother Jones magazine, a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, and has written for numerous publications. He lives in San Francisco.
Jonathan Weber is Editor in Chief of Here/Say Media, a startup news organization serving San Francisco. He was previously Global Industry Editor for Technology at Reuters, where he oversaw a broad range of business and technology coverage from Reuters’ Asia headquarters in Singapore. Previously he served as West Coast Bureau Chief for the news agency, overseeing bureaus in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle. A veteran reporter, editor and journalism entrepreneur, he was founding editor of The Bay Citizen, a non-profit news organization serving the San Francisco Bay Area, and founder and CEO of New West Publishing, a new media company serving the Rocky Mountain West. He also co-founded and was editor in chief of the Industry Standard, a newsweekly that chronicled the first Internet boom. Prior to that, he was a writer and editor at the Los Angeles Times. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from Wesleyan University.