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Jake Horowitz is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of PolicyMic. He manages the editorial team & runs content strategy and site growth. Before PolicyMic, he worked at Change.org. Jake graduated from Stanford University.
I am the Brand Partnership Manager at PolicyMic. Before joining PolicyMic, I worked on an education startup that looked to build a better way to have class discussions online. My interests include exploring NYC, playing soccer, and eating dinner at places I really can't afford.
Chris is the founding editor at PolicyMic.
He has worked for media outlets including the Associated Press and Stars and Stripes. He worked with the Clinton Foundation, the United Nations, and with the Kentucky state legislature.
He holds a master's degree in political science from the University of Louisville, and a BA in journalism and political science from the University of Kentucky. He is originally from Lexington, Ky. Kentucky basketball occupies a majority of his free time.
Elena is the Arts & Entertainment Editor at PolicyMic. Her writing has appeared in Salon, Time Out New York, The New York Times Upfront, ABC News, and various travel publications. She is also a Princeton alum, a former Thailand resident, and a Brooklyn native.
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Nina Ippolito is a freelance writer and editor. Now that she's finally learned to drive, she's trying to master the other skills she missed out on by growing up in New York City: swimming, shooting, and horseback riding.
Just not at the same time.
Samantha Meier serves as the Identities editor at PolicyMic, where she writes on activism, gender, and new media. Sam was profiled in the New York Times for co-founding Sex Week at Harvard, and is currently working on a book about women and underground comix. Originally from Flagstaff, Arizona, she currently lives in New York.
Deputy Politics Editor at PolicyMic. Palestinian-American writer and journalist. Writing previously published at Index on Censorship, Jezebel, Salon, Ms. Magazine blog, the Guardian, the Telegraph, and the New York Times. Interested in free speech, religion, MENA, feminism, and dodgy regimes. Londoner at heart.
Sarah is a breaking news publishing editor at PolicyMic. Previously she taught English and journalism in the Bronx and was as an instructional coach for The New Teacher Project. She has worked as freelance journalist, was managing editor of the Cornell Daily Sun, and is an avid NYC biker.
Thomas McBee is PolicyMic's Managing Editor. He is a "masculinity expert" for VICE and writes the column "Self-Made Man" for the Rumpus. His essays and reportage have appeared in the New York Times, TheAtlantic.com, Salon, and BuzzFeed, where he is a regular contributor on gender issues. Before joining PolicyMic, he was an editor at the Boston Phoenix.
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