Jeff McCarter is the Founder & Executive Director of Free Spirit Media, which he created in 2001 in order to share his experience as a media professional (Emmy Award-winning producer, cameraman, director, and editor) with young people from under-resourced communities.
Rebecca has primarily worked with youth and young adults in public schools, marginalized communities, and higher education where she has dedicated her efforts to social justice projects that involve youth-led activism.
As Development & Communications Manager, Chelsea oversees Free Spirit Media's individual and institutional giving portfolios and leads special events, internal and external communications, and distribution efforts.
Garnering over a decade of experience in the film, media and educational industries, Michael has always believed in creating an environment that fosters and inspires creativity and unconditional positive regard.
Keta Glenn is a recent University of Illinois at Chicago graduate with a Master’s Degree in Education, Youth Development. She received her Bachelor’s Degree at Columbia College majoring in Fine Art Photography, with a strong interest in journalism and activism.
Program Manager, Curriculum and In-School; Mediamaker
Laura had the privilege of teaching Digital Media and Documentary Production and learning alongside student media makers at NLCP-Christiana for two years before moving into the Program Manager role supporting In-School and Curriculum across the organization.
Directing efforts to design, plan, and execute K-12 research and evaluation activities at the federal, state, and local level, Glenance Green has spent the last five years working for the American Institutes for Research (AIR).
Rachel Jones joined the Free Spirit Media team in January 2015. After studying Film and African American Studies at Northwestern University, Rachel was eager for opportunities to unite media production and social justice.
Kim joins Free Spirit Media as the News West Production Coordinator. In her role, she applies her production knowledge and provides technical support to help give youth hands-on skills learning real world production practices in order to create media and tell their own stories.
Caroline is a recent graduate who was introduced to Free Spirit Media though Northwestern's Public Interest Program. With a degree in Journalism and Asian American Studies, she hopes to use her education to highlight the voices of those often pushed to the margins.
As Industry Pathways Manager for Free Spirit Media, Chakka leads Free Spirit Media's creative workforce development initiatives—providing underrepresented emerging media-makers ages 18-25 with professional development, production and skills training, mentorship and work-placed opportunities.
Growing up in Chicago, Sherice always pictured herself working in media due to the excitement of the city. The dream first started while she attended Prosser Career Academy High School located on the westside of Chicago.
I'm Briana J Shields, I grew up on the Westside of Chicago in Austin. Today I am proud to be a graduate from Savannah College of Art and Design, where I received my BFA in illustration and visual communications.
Tracee Stanford is excited to return to Free Spirit Media as Civic Media Manager. With over a decade of broadcast journalism and youth development experience, Tracee is eager to bring insight to program staff and serve as a resource to help young journalists position themselves for success.