Ilsa is the executive director of ivoh. She is excited to be leading this groundbreaking organization, working to help transform media makers into advocates for the public good. Now more than ever, this work is critically important.
Most recently, she launched and led a national initiative to disrupt and shift the public discourse on a wide range of social issues from poverty to domestic violence to youth development. Ilsa has long been captivated by the power of language and stories to persuade and influence and activate. As the founding director of social and environmental change initiatives at national and global institutions she grounded her work in understanding institutional lexicon, values, and culture. Ilsa launched the University of Chicago’s Office of Sustainability and started the Sustainable Development department at LaSalle Bank/ABN AMRO, a global financial institution and an early corporate leader in embodying the triple bottom line.
Earlier in her career, Ilsa spent over a decade in Washington, DC where she was head of public policy for the United Way of America. A firm believer in the power and importance of nonprofit advocacy, her primary focus was to build the capacity of 1300 local United Ways to find their voice and align behind common policy goals, positioning the United Way system as an important voice on Capitol Hill. Ilsa lives in Chicago with her husband, photographer Scott Fortino, and her two, very small dogs.
You can reach Ilsa at email@example.com or connect with her on Twitter @ilsaflanagan.
Nichole is the Project Manager for Images & Voices of Hope. In this role, she will help manage ivoh’s key programs and events, including our Restorative Narrative Fellowship and Annual Media Summit. She will also help grow ivoh’s presence in cities around the country and will work closely with our team of volunteers.
She is a journalist by training and a creativity instigator by choice. She loves using her varied experiences —more than 20 years in the newsrooms of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, The St. Petersburg Times and the Detroit Free Press —to help uplift nonprofits, entrepreneurs and arts organizations.
Nichole is a 2016 winner of the KnightArts Challenge Detroit for a visual arts project. She is also the co-author of “Canvas Detroit,” an award-winning book that profiles 40 of the artists at the center of the city’s creative revival. Her writing also appears in Portraits 9/11/01: The Collected “Portraits of Grief” from The New York Times; The Detroit Anthology and Dear Dad: Reflections on Fatherhood. She holds a BA in journalism from Wayne State University’s Journalism Institute for Media Diversity and has studied at the Knight Digital Media Center at the University of California, Berkeley and the Fine Arts Works Center in Provincetown, Mass. Nichole, a passionate photographer and avid yoga student, lives in suburban Detroit with her husband, daughter and a stubborn beagle named Benny.
Her past experiences include teaching writing at universities and NGOs in the U.S. and India, and co-directing educational outreach programs with nonprofits serving low-income communities.
Gloria’s writing has appeared in print and online publications including “The Best New Poets Anthology,” “Acentos Review,” “Sarah Lawrence Review,” “Forage Poetry,” “The Brooklyn Review,” “Poems2Go,” and “Going Om.” Her writing has also been honored by the Estelle J. Zbar Poetry Prize, the Bettye Newman Poetry Award, the New York Summer Writer’s Institute Fellowship, USF Humanities Institute Poetry Award, the Doris Duke Foundation, and the Think Small to Think Big Artist Grant. Gloria holds degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and the University of South Florida.
Gloria teaches creative writing at Eckerd College in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Gloria is also a co-founder of Pitch Her Productions, a nonprofit production company dedicated to the advancement of women in the film industry. She is the author of the chapbook,Your Biome Has Found You (Finishing Line Press, 2017).