About Participatory Culture Foundation

What We Do

Democracy and culture can only thrive when people are engaged in creating the world around them; not when they are passive recipients or alienated from the society they live in.

Participatory Culture Foundation (PCF), a 501c3 non-profit organization, is dedicated to supporting a democratic media by creating open and decentralized video tools and services. We work to eliminate gatekeepers and empower communities around the world.

Our software is used by millions of people each month; people often ask why we're setup as a non-profit rather than a for-profit. Quite simply: all of us at PCF are drawn to the organization because of our shared belief in the mission.

Being a non-profit is the only way we can ensure that the mission is built into the structure of the company. So many times we've seen for-profit companies lose their values as financial pressures mount, founders leave, or they get acquired. We want to make sure that can't happen.

 

Board of Directors

  • Dave Glassco, President
  • Tiffiniy Cheng, Secretary
  • Dean Jansen, Treasurer
  • Joel Cohen
  • Cory Doctorow
  • Aleli Alcala
  • Nicholas Reville
  • Rick Hess
  • Leszek Izdebski
  • John Lilly
  • Stefan Magdlinski
  • Holmes Wilson

Major Funders

  • Knight Foundation
  • MacArthur Foundation
  • Mellon Foundation
  • Mitch Kapor Foundation
  • Mozilla
  • Rappaport Family Foundation
  • Surdna Foundation
  • William Penn Foundation
  • Opencast
  • Open Society Institute
  • Ashoka
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • ...and many, many individual users

Founders

  • Tiffiniy Cheng
  • Nicholas Nassar
  • Nicholas Reville
  • Holmes Wilson

Our Staff

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Aleli Alcala

VP of Sustainability

Aleli lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has worked for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Speech Communications.

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Darren Bridenbeck

Support and Community Advocacy

Darren Bridenbeck grew up in Portland, OR, but now lives in Brooklyn. He used to book and promote concerts, but then got tired of it because everyone in Portland is in a band, and it was time to move on. His experience as a life-coach provides him with the tools needed to respond empathetically to support issues. Darren enjoys pinball and hiding letters for strangers.

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Ben Dean- Kawamura

Software Developer

Ben lives in Rochester, NY.

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Janet Dragojevic

Product Director

Janet manages the product team at PCF. She lives on an island in the Adriatic.

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Terri Woodbury

Bean Counter

Terri lives in Central MA. She has been involved in finances for 25+ years as an independent contractor before joining PCF. Her interests include fostering and rehabilitating Mastiffs in need of re-homing and fighting for camera space.

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Dean Jansen

Executive Director, Amara Co-Founder

Dean joined PCF in 2006. At the time, he was an active member of the Students for Free Culture group at Harvard. In addition to PCF, Dean has co-organized a half-dozen conferences on tech related topics including drones, open source software, internet fame, and more.

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Margarita Shamraeva

Quality Assurance

Margarita lives in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. She performs software testing of PCF products, mostly Amara and MiroCommunity, and always enjoys searching for bugs and verifying that they are properly fixed.

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Stevie Varin

Subtitling Team Recruiter

Stevie is based in Silicon Valley, California and is finishing her B.A. in History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Before coming to PCF, she worked on an innovative subtitling project at Netflix. In her free time she studies medieval Eurasian history and recreates arts and crafts from that era. Her current obsession is Renaissance Italian fresco.

Contact: stevie@amara.org

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Sylvain Chevalier

Amara Developer

Sylvain moved back to his hometown Paris after eight years spent in Shanghai building speech technologies for educational software. He is now working on Amara.

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Jenny Lam-Chowdhury

On Demand Team Manager

Jenny grew up in Venezuela and now she lives in New York. She has a B.A. in International Studies and a Diploma in Translation and Communication. Her interests include learning new languages, reading, cooking and a recently discovered passion for subtitling.

Contact: jennyylamc@gmail.com

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Fran Ontanaya

Quality Assurance

Fran is from Valencia, Spain, and is an editing, quality assurance and web professional. He ensures Amara products are fine and dandy before they are published, solves problems and trains new folks on standards and software tools. He loves cool science and technology, writing and social startups.

Contact: fran@amara.org

 
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