The Invisible Children Advisory Council is a visionary group of leaders that act as ambassadors for the organization, applying their diverse skills and expertise to advise and support the mission of Invisible Children.
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    Amy Eldon Turteltaub
    Council Member
    Amy Eldon Turteltaub is the Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Creative Visions Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting creative activists. She is the author of four books, the producer of several documentaries, and the producer of two children. She is the wife of Jon Turteltaub and the sister of our hero, the late Dan Eldon. She wins.
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    Angie Banicki
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    Angie Banicki is a Brand Strategist for Samsung and an Entertainment and Marketing Consultant in the area of strategic partnerships with celebrities. In the past she has worked for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, in charge of Celebrity Relations. Angie started her career in entertainment at the famed Late Show with David Letterman. At Harrison & Shriftman, she was responsible for guiding major corporate accounts including Blackberry, Nintendo, and Cartier. Angie is a Northwestern alum, enjoys traveling, and has a blog called Angie's 30 Before 30 where she documents her adventures. Angie also has a dog named Betty White.
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    Anthony Mandler
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    Anthony Mandler began his career as a photographer and went on to direct international commercials for Samsung, Nike, and Motorola, among others. He is a seasoned music video director who has worked with a gazillion artists (the list is a mile long). He is currently developing and signed on to direct several films.
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    Antony Randall
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    Antony Randall is the man. Antony Randall is a prominent Touring Production Director and Show Producer. Antony has worked alongside many of the top bands in the world. Antony now runs ARE, a small boutique production company specializing in live music production.
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    Beth Karlin
    Council Member
    Beth Karlin founded and directs the Transformational Media Lab at UCI, where she studies how new media and technology are (and can be) used to transform individuals, communities, and systems. In addition to her work with Invisible Children, Beth's current projects investigate the psychological dimensions of energy use, the role of feedback and game mechanics in behavior change, and documentary film campaigns. She has published her work in venues ranging from peace studies to persuasive technology and lectures regularly on transformational media and the psychology of sustainability. She also recently launched a new initiative called SEA Change to train, support and measure the use of storytelling engagement and activism for change.
    Christopher Scott
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    Christopher Scott is a director and a choreographer, most recently having choreographed on the film “Step Up 4” and soon to be released Disney Channel Original movie, Teen Beach Movie. He has also garnered an Emmy nomination for his innovative pieces on “So You Think You Can Dance,” and has had the honor of being the Associate Choreographer for the Emmy-nominated 82nd Annual Academy Awards. It must be said that he also had the honor of performing at IC’s Global Dance Night at MOVE:DC (major street cred). He is also respected for his ingenuity in the first online dance adventure, The LXD: The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers.
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    Chrysi Philalithes
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    Chrysi is the Chief Digital Officer of (RED), which was founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver to bring consumer power to the fight against AIDS. She has been recognized as one of “50 Women to Watch” by The Guardian. (RED) has raised over $210 million (as of August 2013) with 100 percent of the proceeds going to AIDS programs in sub-Saharan Africa. Chrysi holds a BA in Economics & Politics, an MBA from the University of London and half a masters in Human Rights from Columbia University. In 2005 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. She had us when she said fight AIDS in a British accent.
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    Daiga Atvara
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    Daiga Atvara's career has involved marketing, design, advertising, and technology. Long fixture of the San Diego tech scene, she is the Co-Founder of Digitaria and currently serves as its CXO (Chief Experience Officer). We are big fans, and not just because of the San Diego thing.
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    Danielle Gano
    Council Member
    Danielle Gano is the founder and CEO of Elle Communications, a communications boutique that specializes in working with clients in the innovation, social enterprise, and non-profit arenas. She has worked on numerous organizations and brands, including Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher’s DNA Foundation, The Honest Kitchen, and Hope Mob. Danielle received her BA in Communications with a minor in Art History from San Diego State University and her MBA from National University. She has a soft spot for helping others locally and globally, and we have a soft spot for her.
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    Darnell Strom
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    Darnell Strom is an Executive in the Foundation Department at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), an entertainment and sports agency based in Los Angeles. Strom serves as a strategic advisor to actors, directors, athletes, and corporations on their philanthropic initiatives. He served as Director of the Chair's office at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, and in 2005, Strom was named Deputy Director of Scheduling to President Bill Clinton. He formally launched the Clinton Foundation Millennium Network, and we’re formally impressed.
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    Denise Vasi
    Council Member
    Denise Vasi has never been one to go unnoticed. Before her breakout role as Randi Morgan on ABC’s daytime soapopera, “All My Children”, Vasi established herself as one of the entertainment industry’s “Top Women to Watch.” Modeling since the age of 12, Vasi has worked on international campaigns for ELLE, Marie Claire, GQ Italy, among others, and has appeared in numerous on-camera and print campaigns for leading cosmetic, hair care and fashion brands including Olay, Bobbi Brown, Dove, M·A·C, and more. Vasi’s interests include acting, dance, fitness and philanthropy. As co-chairman of Caron Renaissance “Save A Life Event,” Vasi has helped raise over $500,000. A Brooklyn native of Puerto Rican, Dominican and Greek descent, she currently resides in Los Angeles.
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    Hieu Ho
    Council Member
    Hieu Ho is the President of Chu Studios, a production company co-founded with Director Jon M. Chu. Most recently, he was the Executive Producer of THE LXD for Paramount Pictures, which Advertising Age hailed as “the most beautifully filmed, elaborately staged web series in the history of the medium.” Hieu spent 10 years working in production and development alongside filmmakers such as Darren Aronofsky, Gavin Polone and Zanne Devine (try saying those names 5 times fast). Hieu received his BA in Sociology from UCLA and holds a MFA from the Peter Stark Producing Program, USC School of Cinematic Arts.
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    Jamie Kantrowitz
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    Jamie Kantrowitz is the CEO of Shared Earth, which uses technology and media to get as many people growing fresh food in their backyards as possible. Her experiences in tech, politics, and non-profits have been driven by her passion to impact change through innovation. Most recently she co-founded Gobbler, a cloud service platform for media creators, and was the former CMO of MySpace and the Head of Digital for Rock the Vote. Rock on.
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    Jason White
    Council Member
    Jason White is the Managing Director of Wieden + Kennedy in Shanghai. He is helping to create provocative relationships between good companies and their customers. Jason and the company believe that creativity can be the greatest driver of business transformation in Asia. Previously, Jason was the Global Account Director for Nike. He has a B.B.A. from Georgetown University.
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    Jay Faires
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    Faires is founder of Band of Outsiders - a tv production company developing a slate of non scripted shows built around a core thesis that the proliferation of channels and distribution platforms has created a unique opportunity in television driven by a power shift from the networks to the best content aggregators. This is creating unprecedented potential to drive licensing and brand sponsorship revenue altering back end IP ownership structures. Throughout his career, he has built and nurtured close relationships with entrepreneurs and talent across a wide spectrum of entertainment while bridging the world to high net worth individuals, family offices, strategics, equity funds and senior bank lenders. Through JFE, Faires actively invests and serves on boards and advises in wellness, music, fashion, action sports and ad tech including Mind Body Green, Seed & Spark, Go Flow, Hone, Averti, Mise En Scene and Permission among them. He works closely with numerous non-profit / NGO's he is passionate about serving as an adviser or board member for My Friend's Place, 4th Estate, 15X15, Women @ the Frontier and Invisible Children. Faires previously founded Mammoth Records – an independent record label, publishing and lifestyle marketing company. He exited Mammoth, selling to the Walt Disney Company for a 65x return on capital then building his music publishing company, BNY Music, which he quickly sold to Lionsgate. While there, he doubled the value of their publishing asset as President of Music, while working closely with many of the biggest names in music for their slate of tv and film. He has held senior executive positions at Lionsgate, Disney and Warners. Faires received his BA with Honors from The University of the South and his MBA from Duke.
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    Jeff Rosenthal
    Council Member
    Jeff is the co-founder & curator of Summit, an organization which is best know for hosting innovative gatherings that unite the leaders of today and tomorrow through environments and events designed to catalyze positive personal and collective growth. Summit is the owner of Powder Mountain in Eden, Utah and is building a small community called Summit Eden on the backside of the mountain. This village, will be the permanent home of Summit and is intended to preserve the character and history of the mountain. Read about Summit Eden here.
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    Jon M. Chu
    Council Member
    Jon M. Chu is a feature film writer, director, and producer. Since graduating from USC School of Cinematic Arts, he has gone on to direct Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up 3D, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and is the writer and creator of Legion of Extraordinary Dancers and DS2DIO. He serves on the board of the Dizzy Feet Foundation and has been among the most faithful IC supporters since the very beginning. In our make-believe world, he's on staff.
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    Jon Turteltaub
    Council Member
    Jon Turteltaub is a film director and producer and is responsible for films like Cool Runnings, While You Were Sleeping, Phenomenon, and National Treasure. A longtime friend of Invisible Children, he may or may not be our fairy godfather.
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    Josh Rodarmel
    Council Member
    Josh Rodarmel is the Co-Founder and CMO of Vrou, LLC – a brand dedicated to improving women’s health. Josh met Ben Keesey at Summit Series and upon hearing about the devastation caused by the LRA in central Africa, he immediately wanted to get involved supporting our programs. Josh was a part of the Summit Series Impact Trip to Uganda in Spring 2011 and was also one of the sponsors of our first-ever Fourth Estate conference in 2011. He also studied political science at Yale. He’s more or less our poster child for recruitment.
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    Liba Wenig Rubenstein
    Council Member
    Liba leads partnerships, programming, and outreach for politics, government, and advocacy at Tumblr. Until recently, Liba ran environmental sustainability at News Corporation, including the strategy to achieve carbon neutrality across the organization's global operations which span 100 companies on five continents. Previously she founded the Impact Channel for causes and politics at MySpace and managed its Public Affairs team, launching groundbreaking initiatives around climate change, Darfur, social fundraising, and the 2008 U.S. Presidential election. Born and bred in Brooklyn, NY, Liba now resides in Los Angeles with her husband and their cockapoo named Henry. She has degree in American Studies from Yale University.
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    Lydia Slaby
    Council Member
    Lydia is a professional legal and organizational strategist dedicated to private and public sector turnaround successes and supporting global women's empowerment. Lydia is an associate at Sidley Austin in Chicago, focused on corporate bankruptcy and restructuring while serving on multiple nonprofit boards including The Azadi Foundation and the Polly Hill Arboretum. Previously, Lydia served Gov. Patrick in Massachusetts as Deputy Chief of Staff for Administration and Finance. Lydia has studied design at Harvard and is a graduate of Northwestern's JD-MBA program. Her other major was Getting Into Impressive Colleges.
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    Michael Madnick
    Council Member
    Michael Madnick is the Senior Advisor of Global Philanthropy CCS Foundation. He also served for many years as the Senior Vice President at the United Nations Foundation. Michael currently serves on a number of non-profit Boards and committees such as Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, TB and Malaria, as well as MTV’s Staying Alive Foundation. He previously served as the Deputy Executive Director of Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition and the Deputy Director for External Relations in Global Health Policy and Advocacy at the Gates Foundation. All hail the Deputy.
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    Marissa Sackler
    Council Member
    Marissa is the founder of Beespace, a nonprofit in NYC which provides top social entrepreneurs with a suite of shared services, office space, and the support of an innovative community to grow their impact. Marissa is the epitome of helpful and seeks to be a ‘venture catalyst’. She was a founding sponsor and activist for charity: water and has worn many hats since: identifying new projects, securing funding, photographing ongoing projects in the field, introducing sponsors, as well as raising awareness for other small nonprofits and helping them to scale. She is also a published photographer whose work highlights social injustice in ways that elicit empathy rather than guilt and, she hopes, encourages people to learn and contribute. Done and done.
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    Michael Poffenberger
    Council Member
    Michael Poffenberger (we endearingly refer to him as "Poff"-join us!) is the Co-Founder and Executive Director at Resolve. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Grassroots Reconciliation Group, and Advisory Board of Athletes for Africa.
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    Michael Slaby
    Council Member
    Passionate and committed to helping humanity save the world, Michael is a leader in digital and social media strategy, technology, and how they can elevate mission-driven organizations (#holla). He is a Fellow at Shorenstein Center at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as well as an adviser to multiple organizations, governments, and companies. In 2008, Michael served as the Chief Technology Officer for Obama for America and as Technology Director for the Presidential Transition Team. In March 2011, he rejoined the Obama Team as Chief Integration and Innovation Officer. We think Obama might like him.
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    Pam Omidyar
    Council Member
    Pam Omidyar is the Co-Founder of Humanity United, an independent grant-making organization committed to ending mass atrocities and modern-day slavery. She serves on their board, as well as the board of Tufts University’s Tisch College of Public Service. In her spare time, she founded HopeLab and co-founded Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm, with her husband (who started eBay. No. Big. Deal.)
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    Pete Wentz
    Council Member
    Pete Wentz has been an ardent IC supporter since 2007. From taking us on five national/international tours to being the Rescuers at the DC event to filming a major music video with his band Fall Out Boy in Uganda, his dedication has never wavered. Pete has lobbied DC offices and been involved in a plethora of events and promotional campaigns. He’s the dream. And dreamy.
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    Philippe Lanier
    Council Member
    Philippe Lanier is a Principal at EastBanc Inc, with business interests in Commercial Real Estate Development and Technology Development Services. He is headquartered in Washington DC with additional offices in Portugal, Russia, and the Middle East. Philippe was part of the Summit Series Impact Trip to Uganda in Spring 2011. His background encompasses Global Finance and Energy markets and diversified career has afforded him a vast array of international contacts that have been helpful to Invisible Children’s global message.
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    Rachel Coen Gerrol
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    Rachel Cohen Gerrol, Executive Director of PVBLIC Foundation, is a true “Catalyst at Large,” working at the intersection of social entrepreneurship and philanthropy. She is recognized internationally for her work on millennial philanthropy and her projects have been featured in Forbes, Vanity Fair, and the Huffington Post (but not TMZ so we’re winning for now). She was recently named one of “99 Most Influential Foreign Policy Leaders under 33” by the Diplomatic Courier. Rachel is Co-Founder & Curator of the Nexus Global Youth Summit on Innovative Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship, and previously served as Director of Young Adult Initiatives for the Schusterman Family Foundation.
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    Richard Matthew, Ph.D
    Council Member
    Richard Matthew is a professor in the Schools of Social Ecology and Social Science at the University of California at Irvine, and the founding Director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs.  He studies the environmental dimensions of conflict and peacebuilding and has done extensive fieldwork in conflict zones in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Matthew has served on several UN missions, including two that he led to Sierra Leone, and he was the lead author of the UN technical report, “Sierra Leone: Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding Assessment.” He received his BA from McGill University in Quebec, Canada, and Ph.D. from Princeton University. And a Master’s Degree in Do-Goodery from The World.
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    Shannon Sedgwick Davis
    Council Member
    Shannon Sedgwick Davis is CEO of the Bridgeway Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Bridgeway Capital Management, Inc. An attorney, Shannon is a passionate advocate for social justice and International human rights. She is a well-known strategist engaged in promoting peace and ending human atrocities across our globe. Shannon is a recipient of The Spirit of Mcmurry award, given annually to one outstanding alumni, as well as Baylor Law School's 2011 Young Lawyer of the year award. Shannon's work has been featured a number of times on radio, television, and through print media. Shannon previously served as Vice-President of Geneva Global, and Director of Public Affairs at International Justice Mission. She is currently a board member of several organizations within the US and abroad including The Elders, Humanity United, and Toms Shoes.
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    Sophia Bush
    Council Member
    Sophia Bush is one of our three favorite actresses. In addition to her years of unfailing support of Invisible Children, she also supports Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (preserves biodiversity in East Africa) and Art of Elysium (brings together artists and seriously ill children).
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    Thomas Windish
    Council Member
    Thomas Windish is the CEO of The Windish Agency, which books concerts and tours around the world, including the U.S., Asia, South America, and parts of Europe. Windish first dived into the music industry by booking concerts and hosting college radio shows while attending State University of New York at Binghamton. Windish and his growing staff of 45 oversee the tours of many artists including Animal Collective, Matt and Kim, Passion Pit, the XX, and Lykki Li. Originally starting in his apartment in Chicago, The Windish Agency began with minimum expectations and the desire to be the best agency possible for artists that he loved. Challenge completed.
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    Tom Shadyac
    Council Member
    Tom Shadyac is a director, screenwriter, producer, and imaginary mentor to everyone that works at Invisible Children. His most recent film "I Am" received a twenty-minute standing ovation at its first screening, and it was only 1/4 filled with IC staff. He is an adjunct professor of communication and teaches screenwriting at Pepperdine University’s Seaver College.