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Alison Go CO-FOUNDER AND GENERAL MANAGER ago@chalkbeat.org

Alison Go was a product manager at Amazon, Facebook, and Rent the Runway. Alison received her MBA from the Wharton School and went to the University of Michigan for undergrad. In a former life, she was a reporter and copy editor at U.S. News & World Report, the Boston Globe, and the San Jose Mercury News.

Bene Cipolla PUBLISHER bcipolla@chalkbeat.org

Bene Cipolla has over a decade of experience as a reporter, writer and editor and has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Time, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated. She started her career covering the Vatican in Rome and worked as an editor at major magazines in New York, including Cosmopolitan. She has also led content development for several digital startups, most recently Birchbox, with a focus on growing readership and engagement. Bene is a graduate of Princeton University and was a Fulbright Scholar in Italy.

Chad Lorenz DIRECTOR clorenz@votebeat.org

Chad Lorenz has a 20-year background in newspaper, magazine, and online journalism at local and national levels, previously working as an editor at Slate.com, the Washington Post, and Washingtonian magazine. He has led collaborations with art, design, product, and editorial teams for website redesigns, CMS implementation, news engagement, and interactive projects. He has coached reporters in news writing and trained editors in copy editing, headline writing, and audience strategy, including for the News Revenue Hub. Chad is a graduate of the University of Nebraska’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Jessica Huseman EDITORIAL DIRECTOR jhuseman@votebeat.org

Jessica Huseman was previously the lead elections reporter for ProPublica, and helped manage the Electionland project for three federal election cycles, sharing information and tips with hundreds of newsrooms across the United States. She is an award-winning educator, and has taught at Columbia Journalism School, New York University, and wrote a high school investigative journalism curriculum in use by more than 200 high schools. Jessica is a graduate of Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, where she graduated with honors.


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