Michelle Ciulla Lipkin - head shotMichelle Ciulla Lipkin is the Executive Director of the National Association for Media Literacy Education. As Executive Director, Michelle has helped NAMLE grow to be the preeminent media literacy education association in the U.S. She launched the first ever Media Literacy Week in the U.S., developed strategic partnerships with media companies such as Participant Media, Nickelodeon, and Twitter, and restructured both the governance and membership of the organization. She has also overseen three national conferences and done countless appearances at conferences and in the media regarding the importance of media literacy education. Since 2017, Michelle has advocated for greater media literacy education through CNN, PBS News Hour, NPR, The New York Times, and Al Jazeera English.

Michelle began her career in children’s television production, in various roles on both corporate and production teams. She earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from New York University. Michelle focused her grad work on children and television where she caught the “media literacy bug”. After graduate school, Michelle worked as a facilitator for The LAMP (Learning about Multimedia Project) teaching media literacy and production classes for Pre-Kindergarten to 5th grade students.

Michelle is currently an adjunct lecturer at Brooklyn College in the TV/Radio department where she teaches media crticism and media literacy.

Michelle also serves as a representative for  NAMLE on the Council of Communication Associations and a judge for What’s Your Story? Youth Media Contest.

See Michelle’s Linked In Profile for more information.

Nirvana GuzmanNirvana Guzman joins NAMLE as Program Associate working closely with the Executive Director to provide support to Organizational Partners and facilitate outreach and involvement with members. Nirvana is New York City native and a 2018 graduate of Brooklyn College where she has studied Television and Radio. She has worked with the New York Public Library with their media series “LIVE from the NYPL”. She has extensive experience with video production and communication. Her background in media studies and work with El Museo de Barrio motivated her to create video content about Latina representation which is seen through her Instagram project My Sister’s Story. Nirvana volunteers regularly for the homeless community in her Bronx neighborhood. She plans to pursue a Masters of Education.


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