Our Team

Jessica Clark, Founder and Executive Director

Clark is a media futurist, journalist, and strategist whose work connects ideas across art, technology, and politics.She founded Dot Connector Studio in November 2013—clients have included the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, the Knight Foundation, the Wikimedia Foundation, the Internet Archive, and other philanthropic and media organizations.  In 2022-23 she served as the Futurist in Residence at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is the co-author of Making a New Reality: A toolkit for inclusive media futures, published in 2020. In 2016, she co-founded Immerse — an online publication designed to spur creative discussion of emerging storytelling. Currently she is a research affiliate at MIT’s Open Doc Lab; previously she held fellowships at USC Annenberg’s Norman Lear Center and the New America Foundation.  From 2011-2014, she served as AIR’s media strategist, working to develop the  national public media transformation production Localore. From 2007-2011 she led the Future of Public Media Project at American University’s Center for Media and Social Impact.  She has produced research and convenings with high-profile universities and media networks, including NPR, PBS, Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, USC Annenberg, and MIT. The co-author of Beyond the Echo Chamber: Reshaping Politics Through Networked Progressive Media (The New Press, 2010), she was the Executive Editor at national news magazine In These Times, and has written for PBS MediaShift,  the American Prospect and other outlets. She holds a BA/MA from the University of Chicago.

Katie Donnelly, Co-Founder

Katie Donnelly has worked across sectors to develop purpose-driven small businesses, conducted UX research in the tech industry, ran a nonprofit, and served as a consultant to foundations and organizations seeking to plan strategy and assess impact. She has conducted extensive research on how to effectively measure impact in a rapidly-shifting environment, led numerous large-scale research campaigns and organizational culture change initiatives, and authored a series of educational activities and toolkits. She holds a master’s degree from Temple University, where she studied how media messages and tools shape relationships, health, work, and happiness.

Madebo Fatunde, Consultant

Madebo Fatunde headshotMadebo Fatunde is a foresight strategist and a writer, building a practice at the intersection of arts, technology, and culture. His passion is using storytelling about the future to empower better decisions today. Some current projects of his include “The Blackchain,” a speculative future which imagines a world around a Pan-African blockchain network, and “Unmanned Ode”, a poetry collection exploring the codes of masculinity composed alongside and against a neural network. He is a member of GoFA’s Futurist Writers’ Room. Fatunde would serve as a core visionary and organizing voice to guide us through our Futurism Learning journey. Along the way he would help us weave artistic and creative frameworks, design thinking, futurism, and positive visioning.

Mark Glaser, Consultant

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Mark Glaser is a media advisor and consultant with a focus on the sustainability of local and independent news, and worked as a Dot Connector Studio associate from 2019-2022. He supports organizations such as Knight Foundation, LION Publishers and Lenfest Institute for Journalism in communications, event planning, sponsorship sales and more. He is also the Director of Business and Program Development at the New Mexico Local News Fund, running a grant program, fundraising and supporting policy work. Glaser is the founder of MediaShift.org, an online publication covering the intersection of media and technology that was part of PBS for nine years. He lives in Santa Fe.

Carrie McLaren, Consultant

McLaren has over twenty years’ experience in web and print, as a web designer, editor, researcher, and marketing strategist. Her clients have included Benjamin R. Barber, Mark Crispin Miller, the Center for Media and Democracy, City Limits, Metropolis, David Byrne, and Tom Waits. She is the co-author of Ad Nauseam: A Survivor’s Guide to American Consumer Culture, published by an imprint of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. For over a decade, McLaren edited and designed Stay Free! magazine and its sister blog, Stay Free! Daily. Her media projects have been covered in many major outlets, including the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, ABC-TV, and NPR.

Jenna Rines, Research Associate

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Jenna Rines is a social worker, researcher, and resource curator. She earned a Master of Social Work degree and pursued a clinical career in acute and community healthcare settings before transitioning to program development and community-based research. She was a Social Work Health Futures Fellow and is interested in contributing to transformative responses to social and environmental inequities.

 

Robert Sinclair, Consultant

Robert Sinclair b&w headshotRobert Earl Sinclair is a Future Architect & world-builder tinkering, building, and designing at the crossroads of art, culture and technology with a dedication to beauty, justice and inclusive imagination. A graduate of LACHSA and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Sinclair is a multicultural writer/actor and international hip-hop recording artist whose music has been featured on TV and radio in over 30 countries. Through a family creative practice at Sinclair Futures, Sinclair’s art focuses on world building and storytelling aimed at highlighting and addressing the beauty and struggles of marginalized people, perspectives and artists. As an original member of GoFA’s Futurist Writers’ Room, he’s facilitated speculative future world building workshops and been featured by Sundance Film Festival, Google Creative Lab, The Guggenheim, Rockefeller Foundation, Pop Culture Collaborative, Doris Duke Foundation, and For Freedoms

Evan Walsh, Associate Director

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Evan Walsh is a strategist, photographer, facilitator, and writer from Philadelphia. Evan has seven years of experience in co-creation practices, cultural organizing strategy, documentary and nonfiction storytelling, mission-driven producing, and facilitation with those invested in driving personal and community transformation. He has produced both hyperlocal and broad-reaching national social change initiatives with For Freedoms, the Guild of Future Architects, Sundance Film Festival / New Frontier, Cinereach, Pop Culture Collaborative, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, MOCA LA, Magnum Foundation, The ICP Museum, Guardian US, and more.