Alison Anderson is the Head of Finance for The Fuller Project, where she helps ensure the organization delivers on its mission of breaking new ground in journalism to raise awareness and expose the injustices surrounding women and their communities. Alison works closely with members of The Fuller team around the world to efficiently manage the organization’s finances and budget, and to assist the COO in strategic efforts to boost the success and impact of reporting.
Alison is a highly-skilled finance professional with over fifteen years of experience. Her speciality is helping nonprofit mission-driven organizations thrive. As a consultant, Alison’s financial expertise has assisted in growing numerous international, women-focused nonprofits, including Nadia’s Initiative, Komera, Advancing Girls’ Education in Africa, and Free to Run. Previously, Alison was the General Manager of New Repertory Theatre in Watertown, MA and the Manager of Operations at Grantmakers for Organizations in Washington, D.C.
She is an alumna of Davidson College and Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz School of Public Policy and Management. She currently lives in Chattanooga, TN with her husband, three children, and two cats. She enjoys gardening, podcasts, and very rare moments of peace.
Claire Cozens is deputy editor of The Fuller Project, focused on developing international coverage of issues involving and affecting women and girls. She has extensive experience in international journalism, both as a reporter and as an editor, and a deep interest in shining a light on underreported issues.
As senior editor with the Thomson Reuters Foundation for nearly four years, Claire commissioned and edited enterprise and investigative stories on issues that disproportionately affect marginalised communities around the world, from modern slavery to climate change.
Before that, she worked for more than a decade for the AFP newswire, taking in postings in New Delhi, Beijing, Hong Kong and Kathmandu. As AFP’s news editor for South Asia, she led a multimedia team of journalists, driving coverage of stories ranging from the rise of Hindu nationalism in India to China’s growing regional influence. She also led on-the-ground coverage of the Nepal earthquake and the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh.
Claire speaks fluent French and has an M.A. in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies and a B.A. in Modern Languages from the University of Cambridge. She lives in London and enjoys hiking, yoga and attempting to grow as many different plants as she can fit in her postage stamp-sized garden.
Disha Shetty is a reporter with The Fuller Project where she writes on environment and health issues. Her science reporting combines data, latest research and human stories.
Before joining The Fuller Project, Disha spent a decade working across print, digital and television platforms in India in both full-time and freelance roles. At her most recent full-time job with the data journalism initiative IndiaSpend, Disha travelled across India for six months to document how climate change was affecting communities. She also worked on a collaborative investigative series ‘Environment Undone’ that looked at how India was systematically opening up its protected areas like national parks and wildlife sanctuaries to infrastructure projects at great costs to the environment. The work received an honorary mention at the 2021 SEJ awards.
Disha has extensively covered infectious diseases like Tuberculosis as well as stories on maternal and child health. She is the winner of ICFJ’s 2018 Global Health Reporting Contest Award, and has been a 2019 RAF fellow to the UN. She has received reporting grants from the Pulitzer Center, Earth Journalism Network and International Women’s Media Fund, among others.
Disha has a Bachelors in Mass Media from Mumbai University, a PG Diploma in TV journalism from Asian College of Journalism and holds an MA in Science, Environment and Medicine Journalism from Columbia University. She currently lives in Pune, India.
Her work has appeared in publications such as Undark, Hakai, Forbes, IndiaSpend, and Scroll, among others.
Recent reporting by Disha:
In Goa, the Water Runs Black – Hakai
Interactive: Unravelling air pollution in Asia – The Third Pole
Environment Undone – IndiaSpend
India’s climate change hotspots – IndiaSpend
Erica Hensley is a public health and data reporter based in and covering the South, with a particular focus on reproductive health and equity.
Before joining The Fuller Project, she freelanced and worked as an investigative reporter focusing on public health for one of the first Southern non-profit digital outlets, Mississippi Today, where she was a Knight Foundation fellow and her COVID-19 work helped put national attention on Mississippi’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She was the inaugural recipient of the Doris O’Donnell Innovations in Investigative Journalism Fellowship and won Atlanta Press Club’s investigative reporting award for her work on lead exposure in Georgia.
Erica received a bachelor’s in print journalism and political science from the University of Southern California and a master’s in health and medical journalism from the University of Georgia. She now splits her time between Mississippi and Georgia.
Jeanne Minor is The Fuller Project’s Human Resource Business Partner. She joins us as part of JLM HR Consulting. She has over 20 years of experience with solid and progressive skills in all facets of HR management.
Jeanne’s experience spans across a variety of industries, including Marketing, IT, Telecommunications, Construction, and Biomedical, among others. Her background includes working as an HR leader with companies as well as operating her own consulting business working with clients of various sizes.
Jeanne has successfully managed and provided hands-on implementation of numerous HR programs. She has a strong grasp of employment law, compliance issues and benefits administration. She is very adept at managing a wide range of employee relations issues. Jeanne’s focus has been on setting up HR Departments, streamlining processes and implementing cost control measures, while maintaining high levels of employee morale.
Jeanne holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers University, Douglas College. She also has completed graduate studies in Family Studies at the University of Maryland. Jeanne holds her SHRM-CP and is an active member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and local HR organizations.
In her free time, Jeanne likes cooking, gardening and attending live music and sporting events. She is a huge Washington Capitals fan. She especially enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Jessica Klein is a journalist covering intimate partner and domestic violence, blockchain technology, and sex work (among other things). Outlets including The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Guardian, and Fortune have published her work, and she writes a monthly column for the National Bulletin on Domestic Violence Prevention.
In 2016, she coauthored Abetting Batterers: What Police, Prosecutors, and Courts Aren’t Doing to Protect America’s Women, updated in 2020. With The Fuller Project, she’s reported on how intimate partner abusers weaponize the U.S. court system and the obstacles Indigenous abuse survivors face when it comes to voting confidentially in U.S. elections.
Recent reporting by Jessica:
Jessica Washington is a reporter with The Fuller Project focused on women and health, especially as it relates to the coronavirus. She raises awareness of issues impacting women and their communities to expose injustice.
Before joining The Fuller Project, Jessica covered reproductive health for Mother Jones. Prior to working at Mother Jones, she worked for “All in With Chris Hayes” as a production assistant and digital content producer.
Her work has appeared in THE CITY, Mother Jones, NBC News, NBC Latino, Marie Claire UK, The Lily and in The Guardian.
Jessica graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. She is now based in Washington, D.C.
Recent reporting by Jessica:
Louise Donovan is an award-winning reporter, working closely with the editorial team of Kenya’s largest newspaper, The Daily Nation, raising awareness of issues impacting women and exposing injustices. Louise manages The Fuller Project’s strategic partnership with The Daily Nation and teams up with Kenyan journalists to cross-publish stories in both African and international outlets.
A European Journalism Centre grantee in 2017 and 2018, Louise was named a ‘30 Under 30’ rising star by the Professional Publishers Association in 2019. That year, she also won the One World Media award for her India reporting. In 2020, Louise’s work examining the deadly consequences of curbing reproductive rights in Kenya was shortlisted for the Anthony Shahid Award for Journalism Ethics.
Louise’s groundbreaking reporting has taken her across the globe. In Kenya, she investigated the issue of dumped foetuses and how restricted access to prenatal care, contraception and reproductive services is leaving women in increasingly desperate situations. Her reporting shone a light on an often overlooked but growing problem.
She embedded with an all-female biker squad who fight sexual violence in Jaipur, North India for a story with ELLE UK. One year after the story’s publication, the local government rolled out seven further women-only police units, created over 400 jobs for female officers and dedicated nearly three-quarters of a million dollars to buy extra equipment. More recently, she reported on a Ugandan woman’s experience of domestic violence during Covid-19 restrictions, which led to a women’s organisation reaching out to offer the single mother support.
She reported on global migrant domestic workers in Saudi Arabia who were kicked out of employers’ homes during COVID-19 and detained unlawfully without regular access to food and water. The reporting, which was published on the front page of The New York Times International Edition, led to a raid on the agency and the women were repatriated Several of the women in the story told Louise that this reporting – and its subsequent impact – had saved their lives. She also reported on the collapse of the global garment industry during the pandemic, directly linking two women on each end of this crumbling supply chain: One in America and another some 10,000 miles away in Lesotho, both laid off when J.C. Penney filed for bankruptcy and closed 150 stores in the U.S. and limited orders from its global factories. The story was published by the Associated Press and picked up by more than 100 news outlets globally.
Previously the Deputy Digital Editor of ELLE UK, Louise edited the multiple award-winning Warrior series published in partnership with The Fuller Project. Louise’s work appears in outlets such as CNN, Guardian, Foreign Policy and The Telegraph.
Recent reporting by Louise:
Maher Sattar is an award-winning journalist and editor at The Fuller Project. Maher’s career has spanned broadcast, print, and digital reporting, with a decade covering South and Southeast Asia for outlets such as The New York Times, Al Jazeera, and The Washington Post. He has reported extensively on the climate crisis, migration and refugees, politics, and the international labor movement, with a particular focus on how women – such as Bangladeshi garment workers – organize for their rights in these arenas.
Before moving to New York, Maher was a lead reporter on the Washington Post’s Ivanka Inc project, taking a sweeping look at the women being exploited throughout the Ivanka Trump brand’s global supply chain. Since then he has covered the 2020 US primaries and general election for CBS News, and won a Webby for a documentary investigating organ traffickers targeting refugees in the Middle East. He began his journalism career as a local fixer on Water World, PBS NOW’s Headliner award-winning documentary on the impact of climate change in Bangladesh.
Mariyah Espinoza is a communications associate with The Fuller Project, providing administrative support to the communications team by handling multiple projects from managing content on the website to organizing and maintaining marketing materials.
She conducts in-depth research to help measure and assess the impact of The Fuller Project’s work and helps with external communication development.
She also builds media contact lists to reach target markets and communicates with external partners to assist in helping The Fuller Project reach new audiences.
Mariyah recently graduated from American University where she received her master’s degree in journalism and public affairs. Prior to that, she received her bachelor’s degree in mass communications at Bethune-Cookman University.
Before joining The Fuller Project, Mariyah interned at WNDB, a local news station in Daytona Beach and was a 2018 Bloomberg journalism fellow in San Francisco. In 2019, Mariyah became a top undergraduate researcher in the state of Florida after investigating how college students use social media to consume the news. This past year, she’s worked as a communications assistant for the School of Communication’s Diversity and Inclusion Team at AU.
Mariyah specializes in multimedia projects, with some of her most recent work consisting of a documentary that focused on health care inequality and covering stories that dealt with social justice issues.
She’s originally from Las Vegas, Nevada; however, she prefers to live on the East Coast. In her free time, Mariyah loves to travel, read mystery novels and try new food.
Melissa Thompson is a Finance & Operations specialist with The Fuller Project, where she liaises between the editorial and finance teams, contractors, and vendors. Her responsibilities include processing payment requests, contract drafting and amendments, tax compliance, and administrative support.
Her twenty years of experience in the financial and accounting sector includes managing the financial operations for the largest female-owned logistics company in the world, as well as overseeing the day-to-day operations and compliance requirements of small and mid-size businesses.
She is a University of Tennessee alumna. As a mother of a child with a rare genetic disease, she is also a passionate disability advocate and a peer advisor to other newly diagnosed families through the National MPS Society. She lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee with her husband, son, daughter, and two dogs.
Michaela Norman is a Development Associate with The Fuller Project, where she assists with fundraising efforts through research, grant writing, and providing administrative support to the CDO. She also acts as a liaison between the development team and other departments in the organization, cultivating board and donor engagement.
Before joining The Fuller Project, Michaela worked as an Operations Associate at American Corporate Partners, a nonprofit that provides one-on-one mentorships with corporate professionals to transitioning service members and active-duty military spouses. At ACP, she supported program participants and served as the point of contact for multiple Fortune 500 Corporate Partners, negotiating funding renewals, planning virtual events, and coordinating mentor recruitment. Prior to working at ACP, she was a development intern with the Catholic Guardian Services and The Poetry Society of New York.
Michaela graduated from Colby College where she received her Bachelor’s degree in American Studies and English with a creative writing concentration. While at Colby, Michaela worked as a Writing Tutor and spent her senior year writing her capstone project on the Feminist Spirituality Movement.
Michaela is a born and raised New Yorker where she currently resides with her cat, Dinah. In her free time, she enjoys reading poetry, visiting museums, and attempting to complete The New York Times’ daily crossword puzzle.
Peter Gelling is a contributing editor at The Fuller Project. Pete has worked as a news editor and reporter focused on international affairs for 20 years. He previously worked as the geopolitics editor for Quartz, features editor at WGBH’s The World, and before that as an editor at GlobalPost, where he coordinated coverage of the Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan and Afghanistan. He wrote for The New York Times from Jakarta, Indonesia from 2004 to 2010.
Rebecca Klein is a contributing reporter for the Fuller Project covering how COVID-19 has impacted teachers. Her work has appeared in outlets like NPR, The Guardian and The Hechinger Report. Previously, she worked as a senior reporter and editor at HuffPost, covering education, politics, labor and policy. Her work has been recognized by groups like the Online News Association and the Education Writers Association. She teaches journalism to master’s students at NYU.
Samantha Santhanam is a Digital Marketing Associate with The Fuller Project, where she works on developing and executing web, social, and digital marketing strategies. She specializes in digital advertising, data analytics, and SEO. Sam works closely with the CCO in strategic efforts to increase the impact and reach of The Fuller Project.
Sam is an experienced professional who started her digital marketing career with a media start-up, working with clients from a broad set of industries encompassing higher education, technology, healthcare, and hospitality.
Prior to joining The Fuller Project, Sam worked as a Digital Marketing Manager at World Learning, a non-profit focused on education and international development. There, she developed strategies and executed campaigns that bolstered the company’s digital and online presence, increasing enrollment, and providing data-driven solutions.
Sam has a Bachelor’s degree in Science from India and received her Master’s degree in Digital Media Technology from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. When not working, Sam loves to tackle DIY projects at home or attempts to learn a new language.
Tiffany Arnold is an award-winning multiplatform journalist who joins The Fuller Project as a senior social media producer, helping shape the way people consume, share and engage with the stories of women around the globe.
She arrives at Fuller from Washington, D.C.-based WTOP News, where she earned multiple regional Murrow Awards as a social media and engagement specialist. Tiffany also was a Books Marketing Fellow for Shout Mouse Press, a nonprofit indie book publisher that produces works for, by, and about youths from historically underrepresented communities.
Tiffany earned a master’s degree in publishing from The George Washington University and has an undergraduate degree in journalism from University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.
Her career began with an internship at The News Journal in Delaware, as Chips Quinn Scholar. She has worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers and digital media startups throughout the D.C. region, leading to a prestigious Multimedia Editing Fellowship from the Maynard Institute and multiple awards from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association for her digital projects.
In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys reading, sewing dresses, dancing, and eating other people’s food.
Trip Eggert is the communications manager at The Fuller Project. They have managed strategic communications with policymakers, news shows, podcasts and newsletters, and key stakeholders for organizations including The Marshall Project, Demos and the Brennan Center for Justice. They specialize in impact-driven nonprofit communications from media strategy to graphic design, with their work appearing or being covered in outlets such as The Hindustan Times, Mic and Refinery29. They’ve worked in Uganda, India and across the United States, but they are currently based out of a sunny bedroom in Brooklyn, New York.
Zahra Nader is a contributing reporter to The Fuller Project, working on our series, “Ending America’s Forever War: What is next for Afghan women?”, which documents what the end of America’s longest war on foreign soil means for the women who have lived through it. She is also a coordinator and editor for Fuller Project’s partner newsroom, Rukhshana Media, an all woman newsroom in Afghanistan. From 2011 to 2017, she worked as a journalist with local and international media in Kabul, including The New York Times. She is currently based in Toronto, and is a Ph.D. student in Gender, Feminist & Women’s Studies at York University.
Recent reporting by Zahra: