Board Members and Ambassadors

Jessica Mayberry, Founding Director

Jessica Mayberry, Founding Director

Jessica Mayberry founded Video Volunteers after spending a year training rural Indian women in filmmaking as a W.J. Clinton Fellow of the American India Foundation. Jessica is a TED Fellow and a Fellow of Echoing Green, an organization that invests in social entrepreneurs with high-impact solutions. In 2009 she was recognized as an Architect of the Future by the Waldzell Institute of Austria, and in 2010, as an Outstanding Young Person by the Junior Chamber International Osaka. In 2011, she was one of the top fifty people shortlisted for the Grinnell College Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize, out of over 1000 applicants from 66 countries. Under her leadership VV has won numerous awards, including the Knight News Challenge, the most competitive award for innovations in news and information, the NYU-Stern Business School Business Plan competition, a Tech Award, a Development Gateway Awards shortlist, and a shortlist for the King Baudouin (of Belgium) Foundation International Development Prize.

Prior to starting Video Volunteers, Jessica worked in television in New York at Court TV, the Fox News Channel, and CNN. She has served on the board of Free the Children, the world’s largest organization of “Children Helping Children” and on the Advisory Council of Counterpart International. She holds a degree in Modern History and Modern Languages from Oxford University, from which she graduated in 1999.

Davia Temin

Davia Temin

Davia Temin chairs the board of Video Volunteers. She is the Chief Executive Officer of Temin and Company, a global marketing strategy, reputation and crisis management, and C-suite coaching consultancy.  Davia is a frequent television guest and public speaker on issues of crisis, reputation, rebuilding trust, resilience, women’s leadership and the media. She is also a columnist for Forbes.com and writing a book about crisis management.  A graduate of Swarthmore College and Columbia, and former Trustee of Swarthmore and The White House Project, Davia is currently First Vice Chairman of the Board of Girl Scouts USA, and on the boards of several other media organizations. She has been on the board since the board was created in 2007.

Raj P. Kondur

Raj P. Kondur

Raj P. Kondur  is a partner at Ascent Capital, a leading private equity firm focused on India with ~$600 million under management. He previously founded and was CEO of Nirvana Business Solutions, a leading back office processing and customer care company based in Bangalore. Raj co-founded and was Managing Director of Chrys Capital, India’s largest independent private equity fund. Raj is actively involved with several non-profit organizations in India. He is a founder and Board Member of The Akshaya Patra Foundation (www.akshayapatra.org), a school-based feeding program that currently feeds over 1.2 million children every day. Raj is a former professional tennis player and attended college in the US on a tennis scholarship. He has been featured numerous times on CNBC, in BusinessWeek, Time, Newsweek, Harvard Business Review, and in the leading business publications in India. He has a BBA from Georgia State University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Francesca Kress, Ph.D

Francesca Kress, Ph.D

Francesca Kress, Ph.D is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in New York City and Warwick, New York. She is a member of the board of the Jericho Project and the American Classical Orchestra. Francesca is also a board member of the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian at the Customs House in New York. She has been on the board since the board was created in 2007.

John N. Mayberry

John N. Mayberry

John N. Mayberry is the Chairman of Core Asset Management Company. He is a member of the bar of the State of New York. Jack received a BA with honors in Greek and Latin from Swarthmore College and earned a JD from Yale Law School. He has been a member of the board of Planned Parenthood of New York City(PPNYC) since 1991, co-chair from 1995–1997 and Treasurer and Secretary from 1997–1998. Since 1998, he has been a member of the investment committee, which oversees PPNYC’s endowment. From 2002 to 2009, he served as chair of that committee. From 1994 until 2008, Jack was a member of the board of the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina, and served on the Finance and Investment Committees. She has been on the board since the board was created in 2007.

Michael Rosenblum

Michael Rosenblum

Michael Rosenblum is a Media Consultant and creator of the videojournalism style of news reporting. Rosenblum built the first major Video Journalism-driven local TV news operation in New York. He later went on to train Video Journalists at Voice of America, the New York Times, the BBC, German Public TV, Dutch Public TV and many other Video Journalism-driven news operations around the world. In addition to establishing NY news’ pioneering form of news reporting, he has trained 100s of journalists at the BBC and elsewhere. Through Video Volunteers, Mr. Rosenblum is bringing his training methods to the developing world as a tool in social change. He has been on the board since the board was created in 2007.

Nancy Vick

Nancy Vick

Nancy Vick has been active in the fields of Marketing and Strategic Planning for many years. A former Senior Vice President of Ammirati & Puris Advertising, New York, Nancy worked on industry analysis, strategy development and competitive positioning. Nancy was educated at Cornell University and received her MBA from IMD, Lausanne, consistently ranked by the Financial Times as one of the world’s top five Business Schools.During her five years in Switzerland, Nancy was a Research Assistant to the Faculty of IMD and, under their supervision, published several international cases in Marketing and Strategic Planning with the International Case Clearing House (ICCH) at Harvard Business School. She helped advice MBA students on their required real-life consulting projects and presentations. Nancy was also appointed as IMD’s first International Director of Marketing and Communications for both the Executive Education and MBA programs of IMD. Nancy is an active participant and volunteer in the Arts in NYC and serves on the Boards of The American Classical Orchestra, a period instrument orchestra, (President Emeritus), and Quill Productions, an educational, entertainment non-profit that brings history to life through story and song. Nancy has travelled widely and continues to sing with several music organizations in both New York and Connecticut. She has been on the board since April 2011.

Eva Haller – Board Member Emeritus

Eva Haller – Board Member Emeritus

Eva Haller sits on the Board of numerous international organizations, including The University of California Santa Barbara Foundation, The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, Counterpart International, and The Medici Foundation. She is currently Chairwoman of Free the Children, Sing for Hope, and Creative Visions.

Kathy Eldon – Board Member Emeritus

Kathy Eldon – Board Member Emeritus

Kathy Eldon is the Founder of Creative Visions Foundation, a global organization that supports “creative activists”, to use their creative talents to change the world around them. Creative Visions Foundation was the Fiscal Sponsor of Video Volunteers. Educated at Wellesley College, Kathy is a multidimensional personality who has worked as a teacher, journalist, author and film and television producer in England, Africa and the United States. 

Albert Maysles – Board Member Emeritus

Albert Maysles – Board Member Emeritus

Albert Maysles is the Academy Award nominated director of such legendary documentaries as Salesman, Grey Gardens, and Gimme Shelter. Albert Maysles and his brother, David Maysles, played important roles in the development of cinema verité documentary-making by designing highly portable cameras and sound equipment that allowed them to record events with minimal intrusion. 

Stephen Lang – Ambassador

Stephen Lang – Ambassador

A stage actor of great recognition, Stephen Lang has shaped a formidable career on and off the various stages of the United States and abroad. Though he is arguably most well-known for his acclaimed performance in James Cameron‘s Avatar (2009), Lang began his career in theater. Broadway roles include his Tony-nominated performance as Lou in “The Speed of Darkness”, Happy in the Dustin Hoffman revival of “Death of a Salesman”, Colonel Jessep in “A Few Good Men”, and Mike Tallman alongside Quentin Tarantino and Marisa Tomei in “Wait Until Dark”.  - IMDB

You may know celebrity actor Stephen Lang as the villainous colonel Quaritch from the movie Avatar, but in reality he believes the camera is a stronger weapon than the gun.

“Video Volunteers is creating a kind of grassroots Reuters. They have created an alternative media in places that don’t have cinemas or TV or even regular electricity. As an actor, it is amazing to see people who have so little producing such interesting media.” - Stephen Lang

Check out what Stephen has to say about Video Volunteers:

Abhay Deol – Ambassador

Abhay Deol – Ambassador

Has done majority of work with debutant directors; rather unusual and daring in the context of “star driven” Hindi film industry. – IMDB

Acclaimed as the finest of the young Indian actors, Abhay Deol studied arts in Los Angeles before making his debut with the Hindi film Socha Na Tha(2005). He signed on as the Ambassador of Video Volunteers in 2010 and since then he has been working to promote organization’s goals along with taking time to interact with the Community Correspondents to give them some pointers and lots of motivation.

Deol devised and enacted the title role of Devdas in the 2009 film Dev.D. Nikhat Kazmi, the critic for Times of India gave the movie a perfect 5 out 5 stars in her review.[7] Abhay Deol has been the cover of Man’s World and Time Out Mumbai, with titles such as The New Face of Indian Cinema. – Wikipedia

Watch Abhay telling Zoom TV why he supports Video Volunteers: