Meet the LION Publishers Board of Directors

LION Board members' headshots

Gunita Singh


Gunita Singh is a staff attorney at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. As a LION board member, she brings both a legal background and a passion for news and community. She is based in Washington, DC. More on Gunita.

Rebekah Monson

Immediate Past Chair

Rebekah Monson (she/they) is co-founder and COO of Letterhead. She previously co-founded WhereBy.Us, and works at the intersection of tech, communities and media on global projects from her home in Miami. More on Rebekah.

Cierra Hinton

Vice Chair

Cierra Hinton is the Director of Development at Blue Engine Collaborate. She is the former Executive Director-Publisher at Scalawag, a Southern movement journalism organization.

Jamaal Glenn


Coming soon

Dan Hu


Dan Hu lives in Princeton, NJ, and helped found the nonprofit news organization The Yappie. He also serves on the board of advisors at the Glen Nelson Center at American Public Media Group, and was a fellow at The Texas Tribune. More on Dan

Neil Chase

Board member

Neil Chase is the chief executive officer at CalMatters, the nonprofit newsroom explaining California policy and politics. He was previously executive editor of The Mercury News and the East Bay Times in the San Francisco Bay Area. More on Neil. 

Jiquanda Johnson

Board member

Jiquanda Johnson is founder and CEO of Brown Impact Media Group. She has more than 20 years of news experience and founded Flint Beat, an independent news agency based in Flint, Mich. More on Jiquanda.

Anita Li

Board member

Anita Li (she/her) is a Toronto-based journalist, consultant and educator. She's also the founder and CEO of The Green Line. Anita specializes in community-driven journalism, audience engagement, and media ethics and innovation. More on Anita.

Alvaro Gurdian

Board member

Coming soon

Mazin Sidahmed

Board member

Mazin Sidahmed is co-executive director of Documented, a nonprofit news site that covers immigration in the New York area. He was previously a reporter at the Guardian US in New York on the national desk as well as with the award-winning Guardian Mobile Innovation Lab. More on Mazin.

Board Committees

Executive: Gunita Singh, Chair; Rebekah Monson, Jamaal Glenn; Cierra Hinton; Dan Hu

Board Development: Anita Li, Chair; Dawn Marie Paley, Ojala Editorial; Natalya Dreszer, Santa Cruz Local; Chris Krewson (LION Publishers)

Finance: Jamaal Glenn, Chair; Tyree Worthy; Neil Chase (Cal Matters); Tom Davidson (Davidson & Associates, Philip Merrill College of Journalism); Veselina Dinova, (Haas School of Business, U.C. Berkeley); Lisa Hunter (LION Publishers)

Governance: Neil Chase, Chair; Dylan Smith (Tucson Sentinel); Jimmy Boegle (Palm Springs Independent); Kate Maxwell (The Mendocino Voice); Shawn Musgrove, attorney; Lisa Hunter (LION Publishers)

Membership: Rebekah Monson, Chair; Gunita Singh; Jay Allred; Sartaz Singh, staff attorney, Winston & Strawn;  Mariann Martin, Canopy Atlanta; Ariel Zirulnick (KPCC / LAist)