AllSides is made up of folks from every side of the aisle and in between. So far no food fights have erupted. For more about AllSides, see our About page.

Founders

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John Gable
John Gable
AllSides Co-founder
Chief Executive Officer
Bias Leaning Right

John Gable is Co-founder and CEO of AllSides, and partnered with Joan Blades to have their two organizations, AllSides and Living Room Conversations, jointly launch the non-profit initiative AllSides For Schools.

John has over 20 years of technology entrepreneurship, management and executive experience, leading product, marketing and consumer teams and divisions. He served on the original teams for Microsoft Office, Mozilla at Netscape, and ZoneAlarm at Check Point Software. He co-founded Kavi Corp (web-based collaboration, sold to Higher Logic) and previously was a professional political campaigner and executive director in the 1980s working for the Republican National Committee as well as for candidates for US President, US Senate, US Congress, Governor and local campaigns. His experience spans consumer technology products, marketing, press, community collaboration and high tech management.

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Scott McDonald
Scott McDonald
AllSides Co-founder
Chief Technology Officer
Bias Center

Scott McDonald is Co-founder and CTO of AllSides.

With a passion for mashing technologies and mixing/mashing music, Scott co-founded Thump Radio, a nationally syndicated radio production company and early (1999) successful community-based website in the music industry that produced the #1 radio show in timeslot (Arbitron Ratings) - reaching over 6 million people a week - and a website with over 100k registered users. (This is where he first met Nikita Tselovalnikov, the AllSides star designer and Drupal-smith who is also the the Russian-born musician and psytrance producer behind Penta). Before coming to AllSides, Scott managed the Global Web Team for Check Point Software (Internet security with over $1 Billion annual revenue). His expertise with web development and mashing technologies provides the core to the AllSides approach for revealing and improving our understanding of the world and empowering us to act.

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Joan Blades
Joan Blades
Co-founder of
AllSidesForSchools.org
Bias Left

Joan Blades partnered with John Gable to have their two organizations, AllSides and Living Room Conversations, jointly launch the non-profit initiative AllSides For Schools.

Joan is the co-founder of LivingRoomConversations.org, an open source effort to rebuild respectful civil discourse across ideological, cultural and party lines while embracing our core-shared values. She is also a co-founder of MomsRising.org and the progressive activist group MoveOn.org.

She is a Great Work Cultures champion and co-author of The Custom-Fit Workplace: Choose When Where and How to Work and Boost Your Bottom Line, winner of a Nautilus book award in 2011, The Custom Fit Workplace and The Motherhood Manifesto, which won the Ernesta Drinker Ballard Book Prize in 2007.

A mediator (attorney) by training and inclination, she is a nature lover, artist and true believer in the power of citizens and our need to rebuild respectful civil discourse while embracing our core shared values.

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Advisers

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Derek Reisfield
Derek Reisfield

Derek Reisfield is CEO of BBN Networks, the largest Business-to-Business Digital Advertising Network. Previously he was the co-founder and chairman of MarketWatch, a leading financial news and information site sold to Dow Jones for over $500 million. Derek was also a founder and principal of i-hatch Ventures, president of CBS New Media, Director of CBS Sportsline and consultant for McKinsey & Co.

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Laura Yecies
Laura Yecies

Laura Yecies is an experienced technology CEO and strategist with over 25 years of experience developing and marketing technology products and services. Currently the COO at Mobilize, Laura previously was CEO of SugarSync and Catch.com, Vice President of Marketing and General Manager for ZoneAlarm at Check Point Software, General Manager of Yahoo Mail, and Vice President of the Client Products Division at Netscape. Public spokesperson and recognized industry thought leader frequently sought out by the media in the cloud, mobile, security, collaboration and internet services area. Passionate, multilingual internationalist with expertise in building global business.

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Rob Reid
Rob Reid

Rob Reid is an entrepreneur and American author. He founded Listen.com that launched the Rhapsody digital music service, the first licensed service of its kind. (Real Networks acquired Listen.com, and later sold Rhapsody to MTV for $230 million.) Rob was also a founding board member of IGN Entertainment (went public and then was acquired by News Corp for $650 million).

As an author, Rob wrote two business books, Year One: An Intimate Look Inside Harvard Business School and Architects of the Web: 1,000 Days that Built the Future of Business, and then a hilarious sci-fi satire of the music industry’s copyright laws called Year Zero.

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Chris Nolan
Chris Nolan

Chris Nolan is Founder and CEO of Spot-On, an online media company servicing political campaign professionals. With more than 20 years reporting experience, Nolan's work is well known to tech-savvy and politically astute readers, with her work appearing in The Washington Post, The New Republic, Fortune, Business 2.0 and Conde Nast Traveler. Nolan speaks frequently on technology, politics and media, as well as the impact of stand alone journalism — a phrase she coined to describe the web-based writing of experienced and professional journalists.

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Karen E. Watson
Karen E. Watson

Karen E. Watson established and runs a subsidiary of the Neilsen Company, the Government and Public Sector Sales division. Her extensive experience in government advocacy, communications, and media includes serving as Vice President of Government Relations at Echostar Satellite Services, Director of Public Affairs at the Federal Communications Commission, Associate Director – News and Public Affairs Programming at PBS, Assistant Producer of Morning Edition at NPR, and Production Assistant at the Macneil/ Leherer Report.

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Ted Barnett
Ted Barnett

Ted Barnett is the Co-founder and COO of Byliner, Inc., a digital publishing company and social network built around compelling works by great writers. He has co-founded several companies, including SuperSecret, When.com (sold to AOL), and ActiveSite. He served as VP of Business Development at Reardon, a start-up incubator, as well as VP of Product Marketing for the Reardon subsidiary Mova. Ted’s background includes senior product management at Apple Computer and he co-authored a patent, issued in 2007, for multi-layered online calendaring and purchasing technology.

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Lisa Guillerman Gable
Lisa Guillerman Gable

Lisa Guillerman Gable is the President of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a CEO-led initiative aimed at helping to reduce obesity in America. She is a branding expert having served as Global Brand Identity Manager for INTEL and as founding partner of The Brand Group. Lisa formerly held the rank of Ambassador representing the United States at the 2005 World Exposition (the World’s Fair) in Japan. Other notable roles include U.S. Delegate to the United Nations, Commissioner of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, Vice Chairman for the U.S. Defense Department’s Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services, and advisory board member for Base Technologies (acquired by CA Technologies).

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Bill Gorman
Bill Gorman

Bill Gorman was co-founder of TV by the Numbers which was acquired by Tribune Digital Adventures in 2015. TV by the Numbers provides television industry professionals and enthusiasts with TV ratings and trend analysis as well as insight into key metrics on website traffic, advertising and business. Today Bill runs TVGrimReaper.com, continuing his predictions of TV show cancellations independently of the Tribune Company. Previously, Bill worked for AOL as Mayor of Digital City San Francisco, Managing Director of AOL International, and Manager Business Development.

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Susan Oldroyd
Susan Oldroyd

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Louis Libin
Louis Libin

Louis Libin is President of Broad Comm, Inc., a consulting group specializing in advanced television broadcast, interactive TV, Internet Protocol and wireless communications. Prior to his tenure at Broad Comm, Mr. Libin was Chief Technology Officer for NBC, and was responsible for all business and technical matters for satellite, wireless and communication issues for General Electric and NBC. Since 1989, Mr. Libin has represented the United States on satellite and transmission issues at the International Telecommunications Union in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr. Libin is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers. Mr. Libin also serves on the boards of directors of several private and not-for profit companies.

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Kristin Hansen
Kristin Hansen

Kristin Hansen is a Silicon Valley-based marketing, communications, and investor relations executive, with former senior roles at Intel, IBM, and several start-up companies. She also serves periodically as a lecturer and coach in strategic communications at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. Kristin currently serves as a strategy and technology advisor to AllSides and to other, related organizations that are working to improve media literacy, bridge the partisan divide, and restore democracy.

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The Rest of the Team

Lucy Pinto
Lucy Pinto
Operations, Outreach and Schools Program
Bias Leaning Left
Julie Mastrine
Julie Mastrine
Director of Marketing
Bias Lean Right
Samantha Shireman
Samantha Shireman
Information Architect
Bias Leaning Left
Beth Hicks
Beth Hicks
Politics Guru, Editor
Bias Right
Billy Binion
Billy Binion
Editor, Writer
Bias Center
Gina Baleria
Gina Baleria
Video Production, Schools, Mismatch
Bias Leaning Left
Paige Blanzy
Paige Blanzy
Weekend Editor
Bias Center
JoAnn Uhelszki
JoAnn Uhelszki
Partner Director and Project Manager
Bias Left
Nikita Tselovalnikov
Nikita Tselovalnikov
Web Developer, Graphic Designer
Bias Leaning Left
Claire-Laure Belt
Claire-Laure Belt
Bookkeeper
Bias Leaning Left
Freddy Ohou
Freddy Ohou
Math & Big Data Algorithm Guru
Bias Leaning Left
Joshua Enebo
Joshua Enebo
Intern
Bias Lean Right

External Development

Peeyush Dayal
Peeyush Dayal
Technical Consultant
Rachna
Rachna Singh
Project Coordinator
Purushottam
Purushottam Kumar
Technical Lead
Kapil
Kapil Dev Sharma
Developer

Key Partners

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The Bridge Alliance
A diverse coalition of more than 80 respected established organizations committed to revitalizing democratic practice in America.

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Living Room Conversations
Living Room Conversations provides a simple way that anyone can engage with their friends in a respectful and meaningful conversation about topics they care about.

RedBlueDictionary.org

RedBlueDictionary.org
Approx. 30 volunteers from academia and mediation collaborate to reveal how people across the spectrum define and use the same terms in different ways.