Advisory Council

PhotoPhilanthropy is honored to have the following talented individuals join our Advisory Council:


Phil Borges Award Winning Photographer, Humanitarian, Founder of Bridges to Understanding, Stirring The Fire and Blue Earth Alliance

For over twenty years Phil Borges has documented indigenous and tribal cultures around the world. He has worked on projects with Amnesty International, Discovery and National Geographic. More recently, Phil’s work has included the project Stirring the Fire, a resource devoted to promoting gender equality worldwide. He is the founder of Bridges to Understanding and Blue Earth Alliance. In 2007 American Photo magazine named him as one of the “10 photographers that inspire us.” Phil graduated from University of California as a Regents Scholar in 1969. He is currently based in Seattle.


Anne Marie Burgoyne Portfolio Director at Draper Richards Foundation

Anne Marie Burgoyne is a Portfolio Director at the Draper Richards Foundation. She is responsible for identifying and supporting Foundation Fellows. Currently, Anne Marie serves on the Boards of One Acre Fund, LivingGoods, Mapendo International, Spark, Agora Partnerships, Global Citizen Year and Mission Continues. She is on the advisory councils for Stanford Graduate School of Business Alumni Consulting Team, Net Impact and the Global Social Venture Competition. Anne Marie holds an M.B.A. and Public Management Program certificate from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.


David Burnett Award Winning Photojournalist and Co-Founder of Contact Press Images

David Burnett has worked as a photographer in over 80 countries, documenting the Vietnam War, the coup in Chile (1973), revolution in Iran (1979), famine in Ethiopia (1984), the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989), and the US military intervention in Haiti (1994). He is the co-founder of Contact Press Images in 1976, and is a recipient of the Robert Capa Gold Medal and the World Press Photo “Press Photo of the Year.” A veteran journalist of the political scene in Washington, he has photographed every American president from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama. He is currently based in the New York area.


Valenda Campbell Director of Photography and Manager of Brand and Creative Productions, CARE International

Valenda Campbell is the director of photography and manager of the brand and creative productions teams for CARE, a leading global humanitarian organization. She conceives and directs photo commissions that put a human face on global poverty, while connecting donors and the public to CARE’s work. In 2004 Valenda created CARE’s partnership with photographer, Phil Borges, to develop the “Women Empowered Project” which led to the publication of the book, Women Empowered: Inspiring Change in the Emerging World, as well as a traveling exhibition and four short documentary films. Before joining CARE in 2001, Campbell was a photojournalist for 15 years.


Lou Desiderio President and Founder of Synergy Communications, Inc.

Lou Desiderio is the President and Founder of Synergy Communications, Inc., a public relations and marketing communications agency specializing in photography and consumer electronics. Over the last 28 years, Lou has held a number of positions in the photo, technology, and consumer electronics industries, including Editor of StudioPhotography magazine, Public Relations Director at Polaroid Corporation and Olympus America, and Senior Vice President at Saatchi & Saatchi Rowland. Lou established the Desiderio Family Charities to help feed and house the homeless on Long Island.


Keith Jenkins Director of Photography for National Geographic Digital

Keith Jenkins is the Director of Photography for National Geographic Digital, and oversees Society’s online photographic presence and staff. Prior to joining National Geographic, Keith was the former Supervising Senior Producer for Media at NPR. In this role, Keith lead a team of photo editors, videographers and multimedia producers in shaping the editorial vision of NPR’s online content. Prior to joining NPR, he spent 13 years at The Washington Post where he was a staff photographer, photography editor, and Deputy Assistant Managing Editor for Photo. He also was the first photography director at and AOL.  He began his photography career working for the graphic designer Dietmar R. Winkler, and spent five years as a staff photographer for The Boston Globe. Jenkins is a distinguished speaker on photography and multimedia. He has won numerous prizes, including awards from the National Press Photographer’s Association, The University of Missouri, the Society of News Design, the Society of Publication Designers, The National Association of Black Journalists, and the Art Director’s Clubs of New York, Boston, and Washington. Jenkins has a law degree from Boston University.


Beth Kanter Award-winning Blogger and Author

Beth Kanter is the author of Beth’s Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media, one of the longest running and most popular blogs for nonprofits. Beth has over 30 years working in the nonprofit sector in technology, training, capacity building, evaluation, fundraising, and marketing. She is the co-author of two books: The Networked Nonprofit with Allison Fine that received Honorable Mention for the Terry McAdams Award, and Measuring the Networked Nonprofit with KD Paine. Both books have reached #1 on the list of nonprofit books on Amazon. She was named by Fast Company Magazine as one of the most influential women in technology and one of Business Week’s “Voices of Innovation for Social Media.”


Ed Kashi Award-winning photojournalist and member of VII Photo Agency

Ed Kashi, a member of VII Photo Agency, is a photojournalist dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. In addition to editorial assignments, filmmaking and personal projects, Ed is an educator who mentors students of photography, and lectures on photojournalism and multimedia storytelling. Along with numerous awards including Second Prize Contemporary Issues Singles in the 2011 World Press Photo Contest, UNICEF’s Photo of the Year 2010, a Prix Pictet 2010 Commission and honors from Pictures of the Year International, Communication Arts and American Photography, Ed’s images have been published and exhibited worldwide, and his editorial assignments and personal projects have generated seven books. 

Ken Light Professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at U.C. Berkeley and director for its Center for Photography, and co-founder of Fotovision, and the International Fund for Documentary photography

Ken Light has worked as a freelance documentary photographer, focusing primarily on social issues facing America for 40 years. His work has been published in seven books, including Delta Time, To The Promised Land, With These Hands, Texas Death Row and most recently Coal Hollow. He is also the author of the text Witness in Our Time: Lives of Documentary Photographers. His work has been in numerous photo essays in newspapers, magazines and a variety of media (electronic & film), and presented in exhibitions worldwide, including a one-person show at the International Center for Photography (NYC), S.E. Museum of Photography, and the San Jose Museum of Art. He is an adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at U.C. Berkeley and director for its Center for Photography, as well as Co-Founder of Fotovision and the International Fund for Documentary Photography. 

Doug McConnell Co-Founder and Managing Partner of ConvergenceMedia Productions, Managing Editor for OpenRoad with Doug McConnell, and www.OpenRoad.TV, The Traveler’s Video Guide to the West

Doug is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of ConvergenceMedia Productions (CMP) in Sausalito, California, where he is Co-Executive Producer and Managing Editor for OpenRoad with Doug McConnell. From 1993-2009, Doug was the Host and Senior Editor of the legendary Bay Area Backroads series on KRON Television in San Francisco. During that time, Doug co-authored two best-selling travel publications for Chronicle Books. In recognition of his exceptional work, Doug received the prestigious Harold Gilliam Award for environmental reporting and storytelling. Doug holds a B.A. in Government from Pomona College and an M.A. in Political Science from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. He currently lives in Marin County, California. 

Nion McEvoy Chairman & CEO of Chronicle Books LLC and The McEvoy Group LLC

Nion McEvoy is the Chairman & CEO of Chronicle Books LLC and The McEvoy Group LLC. Nion joined Chronicle Books in 1986, and served as Editor-in-Chief of the adult trade division until he acquired the company through The McEvoy Group in 2000. The McEvoy Group also includes becker&mayer! LLC, Spin magazine, and McEvoy Media, which publishes 7×7 magazine and California Home & Design. He is a Commissioner for the Smithsonian American Art Museum and currently serves on the boards of SFJAZZ, the UCSC Foundation and SFMOMA, where he is Chair of the Photography Accessions Committee. Nion is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz and Hastings College of the Law. He has two sons and a daughter, and plays drums in the rock band Rough Draft. 

Mauree Jane Perry Co-Founder of Making History Associates

Mauree Jane Perry co-founded Making History Associates, which created oral histories for individuals, families, and organizations. Clients included Women’s Forum West, Legacy Foundation, and the McKesson Corporation. In addition to her work as an oral historian with Making History Associates, she has held positions as Development Director and Editor for the Buck Center for Research in Aging, Editor for the American Society on Aging, and weekly columnist on aging issues for the Sacramento Bee. Additionally, Mauree Jane serves on the board of the Meritus College Fund. She holds an M.A. from Harvard University, a B.A. from Vassar College, and a Certificate in Oral History from Columbia University. 

Sandra S. Phillips Senior Curator of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Sandra Phillips is Senior Curator of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, responsible for organizing numerous critically-acclaimed exhibitions of modern and contemporary photography, including Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera Since 1870Diane Arbus Revelations, Dorothea Lange: American Photographs, and An Uncertain Grace: Sebastião Salgado. Sandra was previously curator at the Vassar College Art Museum, and has taught at various institutions including the State University of New York, New Paltz; Parsons School of Design; San Francisco State University; and the San Francisco Art Institute. Sandra holds a Ph.D. from the City University of New York, an M.A. from Bryn Mawr College, and a B.A. from Bard College.


Chris Rainier National Geographic Society Fellow who has spent his career documenting endangered cultures and traditional language loss

Over the course of his 30-year career in photography, Chris has completed projects for The United Nations, UNESCO, Amnesty International, Conservation International, Smithsonian Institution, Time Magazine, The New York Times, and the National Geographic Society. During his tenure with the National Geographic Society, Chris co-founded the Enduring Voices Language Preservation Project and the All Roads Photography Program. Chris also lectures throughout the world on the use of modern technology to preserve ancient cultural stories and language. In 2002 he was the recipient of the Lowell Thomas Award of the Explorer’s Club for his efforts on cultural preservation, and he was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society of London.


Julie Shafer Nonprofit Development Expert, Founder of Community Connector Consulting

Julie Shafer is the Founder of Community Connector Consulting, and offers over 14 years of nonprofit executive experience leading fundraising, marketing and mission-driven operations. Julie specializes in creating networks and communities of donors and members by providing expertise in development strategies, management and leadership consultations and executive recruiting. For over a decade, Julie was the Executive Director, senior spokesperson, business manager and evaluator of nonprofit organizations for the Silver Giving Foundation. To complement her philanthropic passion, Julie is enrolled in the Professional Pastry Chef Certificate program at Tante Marie Cooking School in San Francisco. 

Kirby Walker Founder, Omega Productions, Award Winning Independent Film and Video Producer, Nonprofit Leader

Kirby Walker is an award-winning independent film and video producer and a Certified Integral Coach. She has worked for CBS News in New York and holds an M.A. degree in Communications from Stanford University. Kirby founded Omega Productions, an educational and corporate film, video and production firm whose clients have included Apple, The Gap, Levi Strauss and Pacific Telesis. Kirby is currently an Honorary Board member of the National Resources Defense Council in New York, and Summer Search San Francisco, and has served on the boards of The Center for Investigative Reporting and Marin Country Day School. She also serves on the Advisory Committee for Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.