Who We Are
Steve Anderson is the founder and Executive Director of the award winning civic engagement organization OpenMedia. Steve is a digital policy analyst and open Internet advocate who often appears in national and international media to comment on telecom, surveillance, and copyright policy along with other matters related to internet governance. Steve Anderson is also considered a leader in strategies for civic engagement and crowdsourcing. His writing has appeared in numerous local and national print and online publications such as The Tyee, the Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, and the National Post. Steve is a contributing author of the CCPA book "The Internet Tree". You can find Steve's blog at http://openmedia.ca/SteveAnderson
Alexa Pitoulis is the Managing Director with OpenMedia. Alexa brings over 15 years experience building and leading teams and projects for government and community organizations. A self-proclaimed kale-powered supermom on two wheels, she is a creative strategist driven by her passion for building regenerative social and ecological systems. With an MBA in Sustainable Systems from Bainbridge Graduate Institute, Alexa views organizations as living systems and is excited to bring this perspective to the "how" we work at OpenMedia. Inspired by Margaret Wheatley’s wisdom that “people support what they create”, Alexa is committed to authentic engagement and collaboration.
David Christopher is the Communications Manager of OpenMedia and blogs regularly for the organization. He's from the west of Ireland and holds a degree from Trinity College Dublin, where he studied History and Political Science. He worked in communications in New Zealand, Northern Ireland and Scotland before moving to Vancouver, Canada.
Josh Tabish is the Campaigns Manager at OpenMedia. He joined OpenMedia in 2013 and is passionate about helping those in the struggle for open communication systems. Before OpenMedia, he served as Coordinator with the Media Democracy Project at Simon Fraser University (SFU) where he organized the annual Media Democracy Days conference as well as the CounterCulture Speaker Series. He has also been involved in several grassroots media reform initiatives including the inaugural SlutWalk Vancouver in 2011. He holds a BA in Communication and Linguistics from SFU.
Meghan Sali is the Digital Rights Campaign Coordinator for Free Expression campaigns at OpenMedia. Drawing from her experiences in the Carleton University Journalism program, Meghan is passionate about media democracy as it relates to the open Internet, and sees opportunities to strengthen our democratic traditions through digital engagement strategies. She has worked in communications for various progressive campaigns in Vancouver.
Laura Tribe is a Digital Rights Specialist for OpenMedia. With a background in the intersection of human rights and information communication technologies, she loves the internet and is excited to keep fighting for what makes it great. Before working with OpenMedia, Laura's previous experience includes working with Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), IFEX, and various tech startups. She holds a BA in Media, Information and Technoculture from Western University, and an MA in Communications from Carleton University. You can find Laura on Twitter at @ltribe.
Vojtech Sedlak is the Digital Strategy Manager for OpenMedia. Originally from the Czech Republic, Vojtech has pursued both academic and professional opportunities in the areas of journalism, web development, communication and digital anthropology. A proud graduate of Pearson College UWC, Vojtech holds a BA in Communication from Simon Fraser University and is currently living in Vancouver, Canada.
Jes Simkin is the Operations & Outreach Coordinator of OpenMedia. Jes first joined OpenMedia back in 2011 as an Intern and she’s been hooked on the possibilities for the open internet ever since. Jes brings with her experience from both the non-profit and start-up worlds, including volunteer work with the BC Civil Liberties Association. She also studied Political Science at UBC.
Christopher Malmo is OpenMedia's Donor Relations Coordinator. He's inspired by the open Internet as a unique opportunity for social, political, and economic progress. Chris' past work includes communications, research, and fundraising in the nonprofit, academic, and political sectors. Chris has an MPA in Public Administration from Queen's and a BA in International Relations from UBC. Before settling back in his hometown of Vancouver, Chris lived and studied in Paris, Toronto, and Shanghai.
Jason Hjalmarson is the Grassroots Development Coordinator of OpenMedia. A veteran of over half a dozen progressive political campaigns, Jason joined OpenMedia in the summer of 2013. Before coming to OpenMedia, he worked as professional non-profit fundraiser, raising money for causes like Plan Canada and Greenpeace, to name a few. Jason studied Political Science at the University of Lethbridge.
Soledad Vega is the Online Community Facilitator at OpenMedia. Originally from Argentina, she holds a degree in Sociology from University of El Salvador in Buenos Aires, and a journalism diploma from Centennial College in Toronto, Canada. Soledad has worked as a freelance journalist, a documentarian and a communications professional both in Latin America and and in North America. Her work centres on social issues and Latin American affairs. Soledad enjoys developing thought-provoking content and ensuring a high standard in communications. Self-proclaimed cinephile and jazz enthusiast, she also cites traveling as an integral part of her life.
Andy Price is the Fund Development Officer for OpenMedia, handling partnerships with business supporters and key individual donors. Andy has been a fundraiser since 2002, gaining his first experience as a street fundraiser in London, England. On his first day working for WWF-UK, he talked to, amongst others, director Danny Boyle, actor Damian Lewis and Ozzie Osbourne. He did not raise any money on his first day. But, he caught the fundraising bug and since then has worked for a wide variety of organizations including Greenpeace, UBC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Andy is passionate about connecting donors to causes they believe in, and assisting them to make gifts that change the world.
Roberto Gorjão is a Senior Web Developer at OpenMedia. Originally from Portugal he is formally trained as a Graphic Designer and as a Teacher. He has more than a decade of web development experience, both front and back-end, having worked for organizations in Portugal, the U.S. and Canada. He is also an experienced hiker and mountaineer, having led dozens of groups through the mountains of the main Portuguese National Park.
Ruth Coustick-Deal is a Campaigner working on free expression issues at OpenMedia, supporting the Save the Link campaign. Based in the UK, she has worked in Internet rights for three years at Open Rights Group, where she is responsible for supporter engagement and fundraising. Since graduating from her degree in English Literature she has worked in a number of marketing and communications roles. Ruth is passionate about increasing diversity in digital rights, and building a movement that is inclusive and welcoming. You can find her on Twitter at @Nesient.