Trevor Timm is a co-founder and the executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. He is a journalist, activist, and legal analyst whose writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, USA Today, The Atlantic, Al Jazeera, Foreign Policy, Harvard Law and Policy Review, and Politico. He also writes a column on press freedom for Columbia Journalism Review.
Trevor formerly worked as an activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Before that, he helped the longtime General Counsel of The New York Times, James Goodale, write a book on the Pentagon Papers and the First Amendment. He received his J.D. from New York Law School.
In 2013, he received the Hugh Hefner First Amendment Award for journalism.
Conor Schaefer is the Chief Technology Officer at Freedom of the Press Foundation, overseeing automation and deployment for the SecureDrop platform, and managing backend infrastructure for technical projects. He has previously worked as a Linux sysadmin and developer for academic researchers, and taught computer literacy and IT certification courses for the underprivileged.
Louise Balsmeyer is the Director of Development at Freedom of the Press Foundation where she oversees the organization’s fundraising goals and development operations. She has a rich background in progressive activism and previously worked as the Deputy Director of Major Gifts and Events at People For the American Way in Washington, D.C. Louise also received a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the George Washington University in 2017. She resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Harlo Holmes is the Director of Digital Security at Freedom of the Press Foundation. She strives to help individual journalists in various media organizations become confident and effective in securing their communications within their newsrooms, with their sources, and with the public at large. She is a media scholar, software programmer, and activist; and was a regular contributor to the open source mobile security collective The Guardian Project. Harlo is also an adjunct professor at New York University.
Kevin is a Newsroom Support Engineer at the Freedom of the Press Foundation, based in Toronto, Canada. His involvement in digital security stems from his time spent working in various roles with media organizations including the CBC and The Globe And Mail, where he led security workshops for journalists and worked with FPF to implement the first Canadian SecureDrop instance.
Olivia Martin is a Digital Security Trainer at Freedom of the Press Foundation. A graduate of NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, her professional work focuses on researching and delivering digital security trainings to journalists, activists, and human rights defenders. She has spent years in newsrooms as a designer and editor with new media and student publications, and uses this experience to aid in assessing the evolving needs of journalists in today's media landscape.
David Huerta is a Digital Security Trainer at the Freedom of the Press Foundation, where he’s working on methods to train journalists to take advantage of privacy-enhancing technology to empower a free press. He’s co-organized dozens of trainings across the US, including one at the Whitney Museum of American Art as part of Laura Poitras’s Astro Noise exhibition in 2016. He’s also spoken on the subject of usable privacy technology at DEF CON, Radical Networks, Rightscon and random cocktail bars.
Dr. Martin Shelton is the Principal Researcher at the Freedom of the Press Foundation, conducting user research and overseeing security editorial. As a UX researcher he previously worked with Google Chrome, and the Coral Project at the New York Times, where he learned from journalists and at-risk groups about their security concerns. In a former life, he was a disaffected academic and earned his Ph.D. at the University of California at Irvine.
Rowen is the Newsroom Services Coordinator at Freedom of the Press Foundation. Rowen's introduction to the world of digital security was as a software engineer working on circumvention and anti-censorship projects. She has worked within the internet freedom community as a software developer and as a digital security trainer, and in her pre-tech existence as a community organizer, courier, and warehouse worker.
Rowen enjoys coding, not coding, and can often be found outdoors under a tree. She is based in Ontario, Canada.
Parker Higgins is the Advocacy Director at the Freedom of the Press Foundation. He is an artist, activist, and developer whose writing has appeared in Wired, Gizmodo, Techdirt, PBS Media Shift and The New Inquiry, and whose work has been covered in outlets such as Newsweek and NPR.
Parker was previously the Director of Copyright Activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where he wrote and spoke extensively about the importance of the open Web and its role in resisting censorship and surveillance. He is a graduate of NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study and an alum of Recurse Center in New York.
Erik is Principal Project Manager at Freedom of the Press Foundation. Prior to joining FPF, Erik worked on many free and open projects. Chief among them was the Wikimedia Foundation, where he was a volunteer, board member, and executive, and helped build the organization into the free culture powerhouse it is today. Erik has also worked as a journalist and author, project manager, public speaker, and software engineer. He lives in Portland, Oregon and enjoys hiking, reading, and building alternatives to proprietary tech platforms.
You can follow him on Mastodon.
Kirstin is the Managing Editor for the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, a site that tracks aggressions against U.S. journalists and the First Amendment. The Tracker, housed at Freedom of the Press Foundation, is a collaboration of more than 30 journalism and advocacy organizations.
A former Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern, Kirstin holds both a bachelor’s and master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri. The majority of her career has been spent editing and designing for print publications, from St. Pete to Austin to Kansas City. The latter part of her professional life has involved decidedly less ink. Kirstin speaks French, thanks to nearly eight years in Switzerland, and is an unashamed “Star Wars” nerd, thanks to a good upbringing.
Stephanie Sugars is a reporter for the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker. She documents press freedom violations in the U.S. and by U.S. officials abroad. A graduate of NYU's Global and Joint Program Studies program in journalism and international relations, her professional work focuses on human rights, politics, and identity-targeted violence. She has previously worked at the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Post-Conflict Research Center, and her freelance reporting has appeared in Al Jazeera, Open Democracy, Muftah, Civic Ideas, and Balkan Diskurs.
A New Mexican living in New York, her interests include hiking, board games, pool, and reading all the books she amassed while working at a bookstore.
Jennifer is Principal Research Engineer at FPF. She was Lead Developer of SecureDrop from 2017 until June 2020. Prior to joining FPF, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Data Science and Public Policy at the University of Chicago, where she worked on applying machine learning methods to problems in public policy. Jennifer is also the CTO and co-founder of Lucy Parsons Labs, a non-profit that focuses on police accountability and surveillance oversight. In a former life, she studied the large scale structure of the universe, and received her Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Chicago in 2015.
Kushal Das is a developer of SecureDrop at Freedom of the Press Foundation. He is a long time contributor to various upstream Free Software projects including the Fedora project. He is a core developer of CPython, and also a director of the Python Software Foundation. Spending time to help people contribute to Free Software projects as part of Linux Users' Group of Durgapur is something Kushal is always excited about. You may find him in the hallways of a conference talking about software and freedom.
Allie is a developer of SecureDrop at Freedom of the Press Foundation. Her interest in programming grew from her love of computer animation and art. She’s been involved in numerous software projects since 2006, from developing visual effects pipeline tools for major motion pictures to writing performance analysis software.
Allie worked for Etsy while living in NYC and attended Recurse Center before deciding to move back home to Portland, OR in 2018. She rejoices once again in hiking in the rain and freaks out whenever there's half an inch of snow. Allie now works from an all-women coworking space, happily using her skills to provide secure software for activists.
John is a developer of SecureDrop at the Freedom of the Press Foundation. His experience includes programming for finance, genomic research, healthcare, and logistics. He's passionate about building tools to support and defend a free press, and is particularly interested in improving the strength of secure systems by making them easier to use and administer. He spends his free time either riding his motorcycle or wishing he were.
Maeve (she/they) is a Senior DevOps Engineer at Freedom of the Press Foundation. She has previously held roles ranging from managing technology at a neuroscience lab to building out and maintaining infrastructure for a multi-billion-dollar political fundraising platform. In a former life, she was a developer on the Debian project. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, yoga, video game speedrunning, and getting trapped by her two cats every time she sits down. She is passionate about making technology more inclusive and has been an assistant instructor at many events aimed at bringing underrepresented groups into application development.
Keturah (they/them pronouns) is an infrastructure witch (and sometimes engineer) at Freedom of the Press Foundation. They've been in tech for more than 10 years, primarily in the public, non-profit and education sectors, with an emphasis on information security & data protection. In their free time they enjoy copious amounts of cooking, working with/building FOSS home automation systems, playing board games and the excessive use of incense.
They also work extensively in the trans, nonbinary & intersex movements. Their current volunteer project focuses on providing resources and support to LGBTQIA people dealing with homelessness, addiction and displacement where they live. Formerly, they were Managing Director and Lead Patient Advocate at UK Trans Info, co-founder of the Nonbinary Inclusion Project, and creator of the Misgendered project.
Mickael is SecureDrop Lead and Security Engineer at Freedom of the Press Foundation. Trained as a computer scientist, Mickael previously worked and consulted for organizations ranging from startups to large financial institutions. In his spare time, he runs workshops and teaches a security and privacy course at a local university.
Harris Lapiroff is Principal Web Developer at Freedom of the Press Foundation, overseeing the design and technical details of web projects. Previously, Harris was cofounder of a worker-cooperative web development agency that developed nonprofit and social good websites in a variety of fields. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Ryan Rice is an Operations Assistant for the Freedom of the Press Foundation, supporting their fellow workers with everything from administrative and scheduling duties to cheeky morale boosts. Combining an academic background in political science with the practical education of social justice movement building, Ryan has worked diligently in rights for the unhoused, foreclosure defense, and within the Occupy Wall Street movement. They are thrilled to have found a way to help whistleblowers and free press advocates with their support. Ryan uses they/them pronouns.