Shriver Media is a for-benefit media enterprise that produces original
digital content, live events, books, documentaries and films. Our team
collaborates with like-minded partners and offers diverse brands
opportunities, experiences and game-changing information that we believe
can impact individuals and society in a positive way.
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FOUNDER AND CHIEF VISIONARY OFFICER
Maria Shriver is a mother of four, a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer, a six-time New York Times best-selling author, and an NBC News Special Anchor covering the shifting roles, emerging power and evolving needs of women in modern life. Since 2009, Shriver has produced a groundbreaking series of Shriver Reports that chronicle and explore seismic shifts in the American culture and society affecting women today. In 2015, Shriver launched the Shriver Report Snapshot series which polls Americans on the biggest issues of our time and offers down to earth insight. Shriver was California’s First Lady from 2003 to 2010 and, during that time, she spearheaded what became the nation’s premier forum for women, The Women’s Conference. Shriver’s work is driven by her belief that all of us have the ability to be what she calls Architects of Change — people who see a problem in their own life or the community around them, then step out of their comfort zone and do what it takes to create the solution.
Alexandra (Sandy) Gleysteen is a Senior Strategist for Shriver Media and Executive Producer of Shriver’s Alzheimer’s initiative, Move for Minds. Before she joined Shriver Media, she helped launch the highly acclaimed morning network news program, CBS This Morning, first as the Senior Producer in charge of west coast coverage, and then from New York where she oversaw all feature stories and long term programming strategy. She began her career as a television journalist at NBC News, focusing primarily on news magazines, specials and long form programs, including Dateline and First Person with Maria Shriver. She has won numerous awards, including Emmys, a Gracie, and an Alfred I. Dupont Award. Between television stints, she served as an Executive Producer of The California Governor and First Lady’s Conference on Women, where she helped then California First Lady Maria Shriver scale the women’s conference from 6,000 to 30,000 attendees, and where she oversaw the Minerva Program, a live events program honoring women of distinction who work to better their communities. Gleysteen graduated from Yale with a degree in Comparative Literature.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, ARCHITECTS OF CHANGE AND SHRIVER REPORT SNAPSHOTS
Michelle Levi is the Executive Producer of the Architects of Change series and Shriver Report Snapshots. Prior to joining the team and moving to the West Coast, Levi spent a decade working in network news and politics, most recently as the Director of Talent at ABC News in New York. In past roles, she produced major initiatives for ABC News special events and handled the publicity for news division announcements. Before moving to New York, Levi managed publicity and video for POLITICO. She began her career at CBS News where she covered politics and elections and launched the first of its kind web series, “Washington Unplugged.”
Michelle graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. and grew up in Westport, Conn. She lives in Santa Monica with her husband, Eric Noe.
DIGITAL MEDIA EDITOR
Michelle Chahine is the Digital Media Editor for A Woman’s Nation and MariaShriver.com. As a journalist and writer, she has contributed to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Houston Chronicle, NPR’s news magazine “Here and Now,” BBC News in Beirut, Lebanon and The Huffington Post, among others. She also previously worked in communications for nonprofit organizations and universities including City Year, Boston University’s School of Law and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Michelle has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston University and a Master in International Affairs degree from Columbia University’s graduate School of International and Public Affairs.
GRAPHICS CONSULTANT, TANWOOD CREATIVE
Fifteen years ago, JP entered the design industry as a community planner and urban designer, evaluating how people use and interact with space, and then incorporating those observations into his designs. Human behavior and our needs must take precedence over a design aesthetic, often, the result is also artful.
Moving from community planning and urban design to the world of web design and graphic design was not a difficult one, for JP. Designing physical spaces based on how people actually use those spaces, is very similar to the ways in which people interact with websites or absorb information while looking at a graphic in a newspaper.
JP recognizes that people are different and each problem requires a different design solution. Disseminating information, asking questions and looking for appropriate solutions, while creating visually appealing designs are the core of JP’s design ethics. Charles and Ray Eames said it best, “To the extent you have a design style is to the extent you have not solved the design problem.”
Courtney specializes in using communications, digital presence, events and grassroots activity to inspire action and create change. He created and co-founded the Love is Louder movement with The Jed Foundation and actress Brittany Snow in 2010. In addition to serving as Director of that nonprofit movement, Courtney is President of Newx2 Communications – a New York and New Orleans based marketing communications agency that works with clients like NYU, the Bob Woodruff Foundation, McGraw-Hill and Shriver Media. In 2015, he launched another venture with Brittany Snow, a TV/film production company – Pun Intended Productions.
Previously, Knowles served as Executive Director of The Jed Foundation from 2007 to 2011 during which he helped grow the reach and impact of the organization through innovative programming. His work as a co-creator and producer of the Half of Us campaign with MTV resulted in five Emmy nominations , three Voice Awards and a prestigious Peabody Award.
During his career, Knowles has led awareness and social responsibility campaigns in corporate, nonprofit and agency environments for a diverse list of organizations including Outward Bound, General Electric, March of Dimes and Anheuser-Busch.