Rachel Sterne

Media Strategy

Rachel Sterne helps people tell their stories online, drawing on her experience in digital media and public service.

She met Michael and Shari through a serendipitous sequence of introductions by friends in the international relations sphere. Rachel was instantly drawn to the series and its spirit. Passionate about how digital media can inform and empower the public to create a healthier democracy, she was thrilled to join the How Democracy Works Now team to catalyze engagement online and introduce the films into the national politics narrative.

In addition to her media consultancy Upward Strategy, Rachel is the founder of GroundReport, a pioneering news network with over 7,000 contributors around the world who report firsthand on global events. Prior to that she worked as a Business Developer at LimeWire, managing the relaunch of their website and setting up copyright filtering systems.

Rachel was deeply influenced by her work as a Political Reporter on the US Mission to the United Nations where she covered the Security Council and became fascinated by questions of access, information and how policy really comes to be. She speaks frequently on new media, journalism and technology, and was named one of America's 'Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs' by BusinessWeek in 2009.

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