Media Consortium Staff

Jo Ellen Green Kaiser is the executive director of The Media Consortium.

Passionate about mission-driven independent media, Jo Ellen has worked for a succession of independent magazines, including stints as Managing Editor and Associate Publisher of Tikkun, Publisher of LiP: Informed Revolt, and Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief of Zeek. She is driven by a belief that democratic societies thrive only when their members have access to accurate information and informed opinion.

Before coming to the Media Consortium, Jo Ellen was a leading figure in Jewish media. She is the co-editor of Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Response to Justice (Jewish Lights) and co-led the Righteous Indignation Project. She has written about Jewish social justice for a number of publications, including The Jewish Daily Forward, Sojourners, Tikkun and

Jo Ellen received a B.A. at Yale Unviersity (1984) and a Ph.D. in English from University of California, Berkeley (1992). She taught modern poetry, women’s studies and literary theory for six years at the University of Kentucky before leaving academia for media. Jo Ellen grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, and makes her home now in San Francisco. Find her on Twitter @jgksf


Manolia Charlotin
 is a multimedia journalist and strategist who tells stories that feed the spirit and amplifies voices that seek liberation. Currently, Manolia is the Associate Director at The Media Consortium. She manages editorial collaborations among member outlets, spearheads #TMCinColor and curates independent media coverage of the movement for Black lives.
Manolia is the former managing editor at Feet in 2 Worlds, hosted and co-produced Caribbean Spotlight on BK Live. She has also served as editor-in-chief and publisher for The Haitian Times, and as editor and business manager at the Boston Haitian Reporter.
As a thought leader in public policy, Manolia has been a featured speaker on news programs and college campuses, at international conference and congressional briefings, gleaning from her experiences on electoral and issue-based campaigns to provide analysis on the African diaspora, social movements, advocacy, media diversity and politics.

Media Consortium Leadership

Kaavya Asoka, Senior Editor, Dissent magazine
Manolia Charlotin, Associate Director, The Media Consortium (ex-officio)
Julie Falk, Executive Director, Bitch Media
Caitlin Hendel, CEO, National Catholic Reporter
Antoinette June, Web Editor, FSTV
Jo Ellen Green Kaiser, Executive Director, The Media Consortium
Rachel Kenison, Marketing Director, Rethinking Schools
Jim Miller, Executive Director, Brave New Films
Steven Oh, Chief Business Officer, The Young Turks
Ivan Roman, Consultant
Carla Wills, Senior Producer, Democracy Now!