Maureen Isern, MOPED Founder, Director and Executive Producer, has been creating digital, development and social impact content throughout the radical transformation of online content over the last 15 years. As a founding Segment Producer at Viacom’s digital college network, mtvU, she developed and produced episodic and short-form content, and later functioned as Lead Editor for sales and development reels for MTV360 and the launch of MTV Scratch. She co-produced and edited the documentary 18 in ’08 to mobilize youth voter turnout, as well as Owen & Mzee, The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship, about a real-life hippo and tortoise friendship. She also produced and edited some of the first digital and long-form content for XO Group’s largest properties, The Knot, The Nest and The Bump. She produced the pitch reel and development tape that got Hudsun Media’s Pregnant in Heels series green lit for two seasons on Bravo as the first reality show to heavily feature In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Since MOPED’s start in 2007, Mo has developed and produced broadcast, digital and key audience content for Bravo, Discovery, TrueX Media, Sony, PBS, iMentor, Theatre Communications Group, American Cancer Society, DeWitt Stern Group, Edelman Public Relations, Fenton, The Nation of Artists, the CDC, the US State Department, the New York State Department of Education, Union Theological Seminary, UCSF, USF and Sutter Health hospitals, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation among others. Original episodic content, short films and comedy for social impact are in development and production during her spare time. Mo started off as a a studio production assistant before working as an associate producer, bureau reporter, and later field reporter and weekend anchor at WCTV 6 in Thomasville, GA and Tallahassee, FL. She relocated to New York City in 2002 and later expanded MOPED to San Francisco and Los Angeles where she currently resides with her daughter, and occasionally, works as an actor. She earned her BA in Communication from Florida State University where she currently serves on the College of Communication & Information Leadership Board, and earned her minor in Broadcast Journalism from Florida A&M University.
Anna Sang Park, MOPED Producer and Director, is an award winning international filmmaker with experience in all facets of production including narrative and documentary feature films, network series, branded content, non-profit media content, commercials, short films and promo spots. Anna has produced and directed for the BBC, PBS, ABC, NBC, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, TLC, Discovery, The History Channel, A&E, Lifetime Movie Network, and Theatre Communications Group (TCG) among others. She is the producer of the narrative feature film, WALLABOUT, that won Best Film at the Bushwick Film Festival and Best Personal Narrative Film at the Manhattan Film Festival. Anna was the development producer on the Emmy Award-winning The Loving Story, an HBO / Augusta Films documentary based on the Supreme Court case Loving vs. Virginia. She was also a producer of Pangea Day, a 4-hour multi-media global program created for TED Conferences with live simulcast to 200 countries. She produced and directed 10 short documentaries for TCG’s Legacy Leaders of Color Video Project honoring theatre directors of color who created their own artistic organizations and fundamentally functioned as civil rights leaders. Born in South Korea, Anna grew up in Seoul, then Philadelphia and graduated from Emerson College where she was the co-recipient of the Arnon Milchan Grant. Anna Sang Park is a filmmaker who believes that storytelling changes the world. She speaks English, French and Korean and loves to travel. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America.
Ali Hart, Creative Producer, has over a decade of experience using storytelling for social impact. Her talent for using humor to tackle tough subjects distinguishes the digital media she has produced for clients like Sundance Now and Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate. As a former strategist for grassroots film campaigns, Ali has expertise in community organizing, partnership development, tailored messaging, calls-to-action and media outreach, and she has partnered with organizations from the ACLU to Amnesty International to 350.org. Ali developed her comedy cred as a talent manager working with comedians Amy Schumer, John Mulaney, JB Smoove, Mike Birbiglia and more. She began her career at Court TV developing true stories of injustice into scripted films that were used to change laws. Ali earned an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School and a BA in Communication Arts and English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Margaret Biedel, MOPED Design Partner, has over 15 years conceiving and executing branded content for the luxury sector of the home lifestyle, fashion and creative arts communities. She is a partner at Studio XL, a New York City based design consultancy that conceives, designs, and produces two and three dimensional experiences – large and small – for brands, companies and individuals. Margaret is behind the recent refresh of MOPED’s brand both online and off. She also consults for not-for-profit organizations contributing her strategic communication know-how and design sensibilities to advance good works. She recently served as the Co-Chair of the New York Committee for Oxfam America and as Advisor to Kids Voting USA – NYC Chapter. Margaret studied at the University of Cincinnati’s Design, Architecture, Art & Planning College (DAAP) graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design.
Ashley Faison, LCSW, MOPED Advisor, was at the kitchen table when MOPED was born after recognizing the viability of nonprofit storytelling, and remains involved 10 years later. She is a non-profit brand development strategist, photographer, designer, children’s author, and professional fundraiser. She is currently responsible for the development and growth of New Heights Youth, a sports-based youth development NPO in Harlem, NYC. She was recently appointed the Interim President of the Waterfront School Foundation and holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters in Social Work from Florida State University. Her prior impact has included rebranding and launching the School Change Team Model for Change for Kids (CFK); founding the Society for the American Theatre during her time at Theatre Communications Group (TCG); founding Project HOPE, the Artist Guild and Community Gardens for Hospice and Community Care; and was a start-up member for the multi-million federally funded System of Care Children’s Mental Health Initiative (YouthNet) to rethink youth mental health services in rural South Carolina in partnership with DMHSC, Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Susan McPherson, MOPED Advisor, is a serial connector, angel investor, and corporate responsibility expert. She is the founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies, LLC, a communications consultancy focusing on the intersection between brands and social good, providing storytelling, partnership creation and visibility to corporations, NGOs and social enterprises including Intel, Girl Rising, Positive Luxury, JC Penney, THNK, The Tiffany Foundation and Bystander Revolution. She’s a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Triple Pundit and Forbes and has 25+ years experience in marketing, public relations, and sustainability communications. She is a featured speaker at industry events including Net Impact, Center for Corporate Citizenship’s Annual Summit, DLD, Sustainable Brands, and Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy’s Summit. McPherson founded and hosts the bi-weekly #CSRChat on Twitter. She also invests and advises women-owned start-ups including Zady, Hint Water, Gold Bean, Lover.ly and The Muse.
Deborah Schneider, MOPED Advisor, is a marketing and communications strategist, creative connector, and comedy nerd. For the past decade, she’s collaborated with a diverse array of for-profit, nonprofit and philanthropic ventures – ranging from small startup teams with Big Ideas to grown-up nonprofits and foundations – to expand their impact and achieve their goals through strategic communications campaigns. That’s included working with ventures backed by Y Combinator, Kapor Capital, and Tumml, MacArthur Geniuses and Vodafone Americas Foundation Wireless Innovation Project founders, Kenneth Cole’s Awearness Initiative and Technology for Obama, and many more. In addition to the well-known and well-established, she’s enjoyed years of advising and supporting emerging and next-generation entrepreneurs in creating, launching and scaling their solutions to long-standing problems and innovations leveraging technology for good.