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Lawrence Wilkinson, Board President
Lawrence Wilkinson

Lawrence Wilkinson is Chairman of Heminge & Condell (H & C), an investment and strategic advisory firm, and Co-Founder of Global Business Network. He is also the director and adviser to Ealing Studios, the oldest continuously operating film studio in the world, and served as Director of Oxygen Media Inc, which he co-founded in 1998. He additionally helped form and then served as Director and Chief Architect of Wired Ventures, the partnership that built and managed Wired Magazine and Wired Digital/HotWired. He is Vice-Chair of Common Sense Media and serves as a director of the Rural Development Institute.


James Bettinger, Board Vice President
James Bettinger

James Bettinger is the former director for the John S. Knight Fellowships for Professional Journalists at Stanford University. He was also the chair of the department's Daniel Pearl Memorial Internship Committee. He was a regular columnist for the San Jose Mercury News Sunday magazine and his articles have appeared in the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and MSNBC.com. He is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Commonwealth Club of Silicon Valley and serves on the board for the Navajo Times.


George Koo, Board Treasurer
George Koo

George Koo recently retired from Deloitte and has been a cross-border business advisor to high tech companies based in the U.S., China, Japan, or Taiwan for the past 32 years. Currently, he serves on the board of directors of Las Vegas Sands. He is a member of the Pacific Council for International Policy and the China Committee of PCIP, and is an advisor for China's Overseas Friendship Association and the Chinese Enterprise Association USA.


Jacob Simas, Board Member
Jacob Simas

Jacob Simas is a former Editor and Director of Youth Media at New America Media. He currently runs Rise Up: Be Heard, a journalism training and production program for young adults at Fusion Media Network, an English-language Univision venture geared to a millennial audience. Simas earned his MA in Journalism at UC Berkeley and has a background in radio, broadcast and online journalism. Prior to journalism, he was a counselor and director of non-profit youth development programs for Latino youth and families in San Francisco. Simas currently lives in Oakland with his wife and two children.