The Institute for Justice and Journalism is dedicated to strengthening journalism about social justice issues by providing trainings, funding story projects and developing digital tools. IJJ was created in 2000 with Ford Foundation funding and was housed at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. In 2009, IJJ became an independent nonprofit based in Oakland, Calif.
Phuong has been IJJ’s executive director since 2012. She was a 2011 John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University, where her projects included developing ways for journalists to better connect with nonprofits serving immigrants. As a reporter for the Washington Post, she wrote award-winning stories about immigrant communities. Phuong also has worked as a consultant to nonprofits and as a contributor to the Stanford Social Innovation Review and Poynter.org. She is a double Southerner — born in South Vietnam and raised in the American South.
Claudia created the Migrahack project when she was a 2012 John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University. She also is founder of RDataVox, which focuses on building a data visualization network for ethnic media journalists. As an award-winning reporter, Claudia specialized in immigration and U.S.-Mexican border issues, working for National Geographic, La Opinion, the largest Spanish-language daily newspaper in the United States, and the Mexican States Editors Association. In 2008, she was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Hispanic Publications. She currently serves as the Spanish-language web editor for Human Rights Watch and consultant to HRW on Hispanic media outlets.
Steve was the founding director of IJJ and led its transition from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School to status as an independent nonprofit based in Oakland, Calif. He currently is media relations director for the University of California’s Office of the President. Before becoming director of IJJ in 2000, Steve served for 12 years as president of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. He has been a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, Vietnam Bureau of Pacific Stars and Stripes, Arizona Daily Star and Los Angeles Times. A founding member of the California Chicano News Media Association, he also is a lifetime member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
Dawn is the managing director of the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University, an ambitious program focused on journalism innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. Dawn was a reporter and editor at West Coast newspapers for 18 years, including the San Jose Mercury News and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is a past president of the Journalism & Women Symposium, a national nonprofit organization of women journalists and journalism educators. She was a member of four Pulitzer Prize juries in journalism and also served on the Accrediting Committee of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and on the California First Amendment Coalition board.
Dickson is principal of Louie & Associates, a boutique San Francisco Bay Area consultancy that provides strategic planning, competitive analysis, and executive education development to start-ups, non-profits and Fortune 500 companies. He is also co-founder, president, and CEO of Time Capsule Press LLC, a book publishing imprint that focuses on the creation of books and e-books from archival material. He has a long and distinguished background in media, as a member of senior management teams at the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times and San Jose Mercury News.
Edna is a professor of journalism at Ramapo College of New Jersey where she teaches reporting and producing online news, and does research about community journalism and the Latino community. She has more than 25 years of journalism experience and has worked as a reporter, assistant editor and interactive news producer for publications and web sites including Newsday on Long Island, the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida and the Record in North Jersey.
Ellen has worked on the issue of labor rights of low wage workers and immigrants as a regulator, academic, funder, and policy advocate. Most recently, she served as chief of Cal/OSHA, ensuring that all employers provide a safe and healthy workplace for their workers. As senior program officer for the Rosenberg Foundation, Ellen was a leader in the philanthropic world on issues of immigrant rights, immigrant integration and immigration reform and labor protection. In her academic positions at University of California Berkeley and University of Texas Law School, Ellen taught occupational safety and health, environmental law and policy and toxic torts. She ran Texas’ Pesticide Regulatory Program and was director of UC Berkeley’s Workers’ Compensation Program and Worker Health and Safety Training. She also authored recommendations to Federal OSHA and Centers for Disease Control on reform of the nation’s child labor laws. She founded and directed Lead Safe California, a nonprofit dedicated to building consensus among diverse private and public stakeholders in California about protective standards and policies to prevent childhood lead poisoning, protect workers and preserve affordable housing. Ellen has a bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University of California at Berkeley. She is on the advisory board of the Thelton Henderson Center for Social Justice at UC Berkeley’s Boalt Law School.