December 13th, 2012

The LAMP Welcomes Rachel Dretzin, Gregory Donovan & John Banta to Board of Directors

The LAMP is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to its Executive Board of Directors, effective immediately: John Banta, Research Director of Vanity Fair; Gregory Donovan, Corporate Banking Associate covering Communications, Media, Entertainment and Technology sectors at RBC Capital Markets; and Rachel Dretzin, Executive Producer of Ark Media.

Each new board member brings valuable experience to the Board. Ms. Dretzin in particular has a strong background in studying digital culture and youth. “I’ve made several documentaries for PBS FRONTLINE about the impact of media on youth, with a special focus on digital media,” she says. “I’ve been an admirer of The LAMP since I spoke on one of their panels years ago, and I’m excited about their hands-on approach to giving kids media literacy skills. I’m thrilled to be able to bring my experience and ideas to the table.”

Mr. Donovan plans to use his skills and expertise from the corporate world in the service of The LAMP’s progressive efforts. “I am highly supportive of alternative educational methodologies to engage young citizens using a ‘hands on’ approach,” says Mr. Donovan. “I believe there is a strong social need for understanding advertising media outputs, its direct and underlying messages, and its intended impact on the individual as a citizen and as a consumer. I look forward to assisting the board and management team in their efforts to strengthen and build the organization’s platform, leading to a wider organizational reach.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Banta joins the Board with the intent to apply his insight as a journalist, and with a focus on giving back to New York City communities. “The LAMP represents, to me, an extraordinarily positive, forward-looking journalistic endeavor,” he says. “I’ve been a journalist for more than two decades, and I am looking for ways to give back, and this is the perfect time and place to do it! I am especially excited about the opportunity to work with the folks who run our professional development workshops — with educators, community leaders and others who want to include media literacy in their own programs.”

In addition to the new possibilities opened by skillsets and talents brought by the new board members, growing the board also expands The LAMP’s capacity and demonstrates growth.  “The addition of three new Board members signals the organization’s ongoing commitment to governance and sustainability,” says Chris Hickman, Chair of The LAMP’s Board of Directors. “I know I speak for the rest of the board when I say we could hardly be more excited to have Gregory, Rachel and John join us in our efforts.”

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