Staff

Sarika Bansal (Founder; Editor-in-Chief): Sarika is the founder of Honeyguide Media, the editor-in-chief of BRIGHT Magazine, and a recent transplant to Nairobi, Kenya from New York City. She has been a journalist and editor for seven years, largely focused on global health, poverty, and social enterprise. Her byline has appeared in the New York Times, Al Jazeera America, Guardian, VICE, Forbes, FastCompany, and other publications. She previously worked at Medium, where she founded both Bright and The Development Set; at the Solutions Journalism Network, where she developed curriculum and tools for journalists; and at McKinsey & Company, where she was a management consultant. She holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard College (cum laude with High Honors) and a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). You can reach her at sarika (at) honeyguidemedia (dot) org, or catch her at @sarika008 on Twitter. 

Abigail Higgins (Managing Editor): Abigail edits BRIGHT Magazine. She is a journalist, editor, and researcher with seven years of experience working in East Africa, most frequently Kenya. Her writing has appeared in Washington Post, Time MagazineGuardian, NPR, Al Jazeera, and Christian Science Monitor and she’s been a fellow with The International Women’s Media Foundation and The Thompson Reuters Foundation. She studied Political Science and African Politics at Bryn Mawr College and speaks fluent Swahili. America’s Pacific Northwest will always be home but pine trees for palm trees wasn’t a bad trade. You can reach her at abigail (at) honeyguidemedia (dot) org, or at @abbyhiggins on Twitter.

Helina Selemon (Engagement Editor): Helina is Honeyguide Media's engagement editor. For the last three years, she has worked primarily as a health and science journalist, reporting and fact-checking stories in gastroenterology, autism, and consulting on a documentary about Medicare’s role in the civil rights movement. Her work has appeared in Health.com, Spectrum (syndicated in Scientific American and The Atlantic), WBAI, and Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News. She has a Bachelor's degree in microbiology from The Ohio State University and an Masters in Journalism from The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, where she is also an adjunct lecturer. You can reach her at helina (at) honeyguidemedia (dot) org, or at @heyhelina on Twitter.

Marion Durand (Art Editor): Marion Durand has been the photo editor and art director
for Honeyguide Media’s publications for the past two years. She is a former photo editor at Matter and Newsweek Magazine, where her work with photographers won several NPPA and PoYi awards and a nomination to The National Magazine Awards. The accolade she is most proud of is a nomination to The National Magazine Awards for Sebastiano Tomada's work in Syria for Matter. She holds a degree from Science Po, Toulouse. Marion recently moved to Barcelona with her husband and two kids. She’s an avid reader of fiction and cookbooks and often posts on Instagram. You can reach her at marion (at) honeyguidemedia (dot) org, or at @marionaway on Instagram.

Eleanor Orao (Program Associate): Eleanor is Honeyguide Media’s Program Associate. Born and raised in Kenya, she is passionate about children’s rights issues and for 3 years worked for various NGOs focusing on social issues in Kenya. Her previous roles involved blogging about the organizations’ activities, fundraising, and managing social media content. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Communications and French from the University of Nairobi. She likes learning languages, and can speak French, English, Swahili, and Luo fluently. You can reach her at eleanor (at) honeyguidemedia (dot) org, or at @OraoEleanor on Twitter.


Partners

Our funding comes from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.The Solutions Journalism Network serves as our fiscal sponsor.


BOARD

Sarika Bansal, Executive Director: See above.

Gabe Kleinman, Director: Gabe oversees Content, Marketing and Portfolio Services at Obvious Ventures. He was previously at Medium where he led People Operations, Product Marketing, Partnerships, and Social Impact (not all at once). Prior to Medium, Gabe co-led the Design for Learning practice at IDEO, helping organizations in the private, public, and social sectors tackle large-scale challenges in education. Gabe began his career at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) working across CAA Marketing, the CAA Foundation, and strategic agency initiatives for over a decade. He serves on the board of advisors for Marketplace, with the largest broadcast audience of any business news program, on radio or television, in the country. Gabe received a B.A. in Philosophy and Anthropology from Cornell University. He grew up a Hartford Whalers fan, learned about organic farming the hard way, currently lives in Oakland with his family, and tracks all the cheeses he eats in a dairy diary.

Kate Lee, Secretary: Kate is a content and digital media strategist, editor, storyteller, and talent scout with a deep understanding of how media and technology intersect. Most recently she was the Head of Content Development at Medium, where she developed and oversaw content strategy; led recruitment and cultivation of high-profile individuals, news makers, organizations, and media companies as well as platform-native voices; implemented partnerships and initiatives to bring in and role model user behavior; and collaborated with product, data science, user support, marketing, and publicity teams. Prior to joining Medium in 2012, she was a literary agent at International Creative Management (ICM). 

Neela Pal, Treasurer: Neela has worked in the social sector for over a decade, building systems and processes for mission-based organizations, including the Aspen Institute, College Summit, and Agora Partnerships. Neela thrives in contexts where she is working with a group towards a shared vision. In her current role, as a Senior Consultant at a boutique advisory services firm FMA (Fiscal Management Associates), she supports leaders of community-based and national nonprofits in connecting their financial strategy and operations to mission.  Neela also advises, and learns from, the Community Leadership Program in New Haven, and facilitates the popular Interpersonal Dynamics course at the Yale School of Management. A published freelance writer on social innovation and impact topics, Neela’s by-line has appeared in Forbes, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Inc. Neela holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Yale School of Management and a Bachelor’s in English Literature (major) and African and African American Studies (minor) from the University of Virginia.

Linda Villarosa, Director: Linda runs the journalism program at the City College of New York. Also a freelance writer and editor, she is a contributing reporter to a documentary about HIV/AIDS in black America to be broadcast on PBS/Frontline next year. Formerly, Linda edited the health pages for the New York Times, where she redesigned and expanded health and fitness coverage for Science Times and for the newspaper at large. She has also written dozens of articles for the Times, including two on HIV/AIDS among African Americans that appeared on the paper’s front page. The former executive editor of Essence Magazine, Linda wrote the first article on HIV/AIDS to run in an ethnic publication, and also wrote and edited a number of other award-winning stories. Over the years, Linda has written articles, profiles and reviews for a number of national magazines, including Glamour, Health, Latina, Men’s Fitness, O, Poz and Vibe. She is a regular columnist for theroot.com, an online publication of the Washington Post.