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ivoh | February 20, 2018

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ivoh appoints two new members to its board of trustees

ivoh appoints two new members to its board of trustees

This month, Images & Voices of Hope appointed two new members — Grace Aneiza Ali and Dan Norton — to its board of trustees.

Ali and Norton have both worked with ivoh in different capacities and have shown an ongoing commitment to ivoh’s mission of strengthening the media’s role as an agent of change and world benefit. Ali was a 2014 ivoh Award of Appreciation winner and a judge for ivoh’s 2015 awards, while Norton was a 2015 ivoh summit speaker.

“From my first encounter with ivoh as an award recipient in 2014, there was something palpably unique about this organization’s vision and how it implements its mission. So, I stayed close. I got to learn the organization’s internal culture — frequently collaborating with its executive director and several members of the Board, serving as a judge for one of the year’s awards, and contributing to the core team of volunteers,” writes Ali, who is the founder and editorial director of the award-winning OF NOTE magazine, which features global artists using the arts as catalysts for activism and social change. 

“What I witnessed first-hand was a beautiful spirt of collaboration between the staff and the Board of Trustees who have established an organizational culture steeped in an authentic commitment to the important cause of cultivating a stronger and more impacting media. I believe in this — tremendously. And, I know first hand how much of a catalyst it was for my organization, OF NOTE magazine, to be recognized by ivoh. So now at this juncture, I’m both deeply honored and humbled to join the ivoh board and to be of service to this meaningful and necessary work. What ivoh stands for is something I want to be and need to be part of.”

Ali is a faculty member in the Department Art and Public Policy at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She also teaches in the Department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at The City College of New York (CUNY), where she was the recipient of its Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award in 2014. She is a Fulbright Scholar and a World Economic Forum “Global Shaper” and was a speaker at the Forum’s 2013 Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Her essays on contemporary art and photography have been published in Nueva Luz Journal, Small Axe Journal, among others. In addition, she co-launched and served as the inaugural Host of the “Visually Speaking” public program series at The New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center, which examined the state of photojournalism through the lens of contemporary photographers and image-makers. In 2014, she received the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Fellowship for her contribution to the emerging scholarship on art history and photography in Guyana, where she was born.

Ali will be joined by Norton, who is a founding partner and CCO at Filament Games. He specializes in the design process and documentation for developing games with specific learning objectives. He has designed games about a uniquely broad range of topics, ranging from marine turtle ecology to legal argumentation. Norton says he sees Filament as an opportunity to merge his life-long love of games with his incessant quest to learn about new and interesting things. In addition to his work at Filament, Norton is a founding member of the Games, Learning and Society Research Group at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

During his talk at ivoh’s 2015 summit, Norton explained how games can enrich storytelling and be a force for good. ivoh defines “media” broadly, to include journalism, documentary film, gaming, photography, and more. Norton’s experience with gaming will greatly benefit ivoh’s efforts to expand its reach in this area.

“I’ve spent my career figuring out how to make learning games that are impactful. I was so pleased and astounded to find ivoh, an organization of people who were just as committed to impactful media as I was. Being invited to their board is just a wonderful honor, and I’m looking forward to sorting out how I can be of service,” Norton writes.

“ivoh stands up for making media with the purpose of having a real, positive impact on people’s lives. That’s why I couldn’t be more pleased to join their board of trustees. I hope my experience in learning and serious game design can be of value to the already extraordinary team there.”

Norton and Ali will join 12 other trustees who are currently serving on ivoh’s board:


  • Roberta Baskin
  • Rita Cleary
  • Ann DeMarle
  • Ozioma Egwuonwu
  • Paula Ellis
  • John Esterle
  • Jon Funabiki
  • Gayatri Naraine
  • Judy Rodgers
  • Michael Skoler
  • David Stiller
  • John Yearwood


We’re eager to welcome Ali and Norton to our board and look forward to working with them in the year ahead.