Who we are


Founded in 1991, Global Action Project is a pioneer in providing socially engaged and effective media-arts programming to young people from low-income, new immigrant, and LGBTQ communities. Working with professionally trained artist-educators, youth collaborate to make powerful narrative, non-fiction, and new media pieces that amplify their diverse stories, and use that media to educate and advocate on behalf of their respective communities.

our impact 

G.A.P.’s award-winning media production, analysis and popular education curriculum is widely respected and has been adopted and used by hundreds of organizations and educators. To date, G.A.P. has created over 175 award-winning and critically-acclaimed videos on a range of crucial topics (e.g. the school-to-prison pipeline, LGBTQ youth homelessness, immigrant rights, and the policing of youth of color), and trained thousands of youth leaders that continue to remain active in social justice causes.

what we do

G.A.P.’s approach is aligned with and builds upon the growing field of “Transformative Media Organizing,” which utilizes an intersectional analysis of race, class, gender, sexuality and ability, among other factors, and integrates media, communications and cultural work into movement-building rooted in community action. Driven by these values, G.A.P.’s programmatic work has three prongs:

Leadership Development:

Developing a new generation of visionary media activists and youth leaders who bring an intersectional analysis of structures of oppression and are fluent in social change strategies.

Training and Media Production:

Providing in-depth media literacy & production skills, allowing young people who are most impacted by social and economic inequality to create powerful counter narratives through short documentary, narrative, and new media work.

Community Engagement, Field-Building, and Campaign Support:

Supporting youth-led community engagement and organizing efforts through: a) partnerships with community organizing groups, coalitions and campaigns; b) youth-led screenings, workshops, and trainings, where youth insert their creative voices into the public discourse and spark community responses to critical social justice issues; and c) youth media-based capacity-building and campaign support for organizations across the country.


Jesse Ehrensaft-Hawley
Executive Director

Karina Hurtado
Community Media in Action (CMIA) Coordinator

Sadyia Khalique
Operations Manager

Luce Lincoln
Program Director

Lenina Nadal
Strategic Communications Coordinator

Carlos Pareja
Media History Timeline (MHT) Coordinator

Max Uhlenbeck
Development Director

Jesus Villalba
Media Educator


Robert C. Winn (Chair)
Independent Film Producer and Director

Veronique Bernard (Vice-Chair)
President, Iliad Entertainment

Corina Leu (Treasurer)
Development Assistant, Center for Reproductive Rights

Shreya Malena-Sannon (Secretary)
Director, Posse New York

Edwin Martinez
Director/Producer, Nicole Films
Assistant Professor, SUNY Purchase Film Program

Erick Boustead
Line Break Media

Ingrid Romero
The Brotherhood/Sister Sol & GAP Alum

Matias Pelenur
Staff Software Engineer, Google

Rhonda Vinson
Executive Producer, Bloodstone Media Group

Thanu Yakupitiyage
U.S. Communications Manager, 350.org

Board Emeritus

Diana Coryat
Co-Founder, Global Action Project

Susan Siegel
Co-Founder, Global Action Project
Owner, Brooklyn ARTery


Acton Family Fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation


Brian A. McCarthy Foundation

Brooklyn Community Foundation

Capital One

Cricket Island Foundation

Edward W. Hazen Foundation

Hive Digital Media Learning Fund in the New York Community Trust

National Endowment for the Arts

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

New York State Council on the Arts

North Star Fund

Pinkerton Foundation

W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation

Stonewall Community Foundation

Surdna Foundation

Theodore Luce Charitable Trust

Unbound Philanthropy

Variety the Children's Charity of New York


Rose & Sherle Wagner Foundation

And many generous individuals.