Meet the LION Publishers Board of Directors


Rebekah Monson


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.

Gunita Singh

Vice Chair

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.

Rose Hoban


Rose Hoban, RN, MPH, (she/hers) is the founder and leader of NC Health News. She brings decades of journalism experience and the unique perspective of leading a "topic vertical" to the LION board, where she serves as secretary. More on Rose.

Jamaal Glenn


Coming soon

Jay Allred

Board member

Jay Allred is the President of Source Media Properties, which includes three local news sites, a full service digital marketing agency, and an artificial intelligence startup. More on Jay

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. 

Dan Hu

Board member

Dan Hu is the Executive Director of The Yappie, a nonprofit publication dedicated to covering Asian American and Pacific Islander political news. He also serves on the board of advisors at the Glen Nelson Center at American Public Media Group, and is a fellow at The Texas Tribune. More on Dan

Cierra Hinton

Board Member

Cierra Hinton is the Executive Director-Publisher at Scalawag, a Southern movement journalism organization. Cierra is also a member of Blue Engine Collaborative where she coaches in the Meta Accelerator Program.

Alvaro Gurdian

Board member

Coming soon

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.

Shannon Shaw Duty

Board member

Shannon Shaw Duty is the editor of the Osage News. As a LION board member, she hopes to bring more tribal news outlets into the fold. Currently based in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. More on Shannon.

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: Rebekah Monson, Chair; Jamaal Glenn; Rose Hoban; Gunita Singh; Cierra Hinton

Board Development: Gunita Singh, Chair; Ariel Zirulnick (KPCC / LAist); Anita Li; Suzanne McBride (Columbia College of Chicago); Anika Anand (LION Publishers)

Finance: Jamaal Glenn, Chair; Jay Allred; Rose Hoban; Steve Beatty (Newspack); Tyree Worthy; Neil Chase (Cal Matters); Lisa Hunter (LION Publishers)

Governance: Cierra Hinton, Chair; Dylan Smith (Tucson Sentinel); Jimmy Boegle (Palm Springs Independent); Brandy Tuzon Boyd (The Natomas Buzz); Kate Maxwell (The Mendocino Voice); Lisa Hunter (LION Publishers)

Membership: Shannon Shaw Duty, Chair; Rebekah Monson; Gunita Singh; Jay Allred; Sartaz Singh, staff attorney, Winston & Strawn