Michelle 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.
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 also serves on:
NY Advisory Committee for the News Literacy Project
National Advisory Council for the Media Smart Libraries Initiative of Rhode Island
National Judge’s Panel for Trend Micro’s “What’s Your Story?” Youth Media Contest
See Michelle’s Linked In Profile for more information.
Alicia Haywood works with NAMLE’s membership and supporters as Manager of Engagement. She joined NAMLE in April 2015 as Operations Coordinator, and worked closely with Michelle in launching Media Literacy Week in the U.S, and resetting the organization for growth. Alicia is also leading efforts, along with Media Literacy Now, to make media literacy education law in the state of Illinois.
She is a multiple award-winning producer who has worked in the professional media industry for more than 22 years. She is also a writer, media trainer, educator, and public speaker who thrives in the space of helping people live better lives.
Her work has been featured on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, Oprah Radio, ABC Radio Networks, The Style Network, The History Channel, and more. A few of her recent credits include Vows to Our Men and Women in Uniform, Inspired Living with Lisa Oz, Life’s Calling with Carolyn Gable, The Dr. Laura Berman Show, Naturally Savvy Radio, and The Gayle King Show).
Alicia’s work in media literacy education officially began in 2008, as she investigated the connection between media literacy and the developing identities of African-American adolescents. She has since taught media literacy on the elementary, high school, and collegiate levels, as well as in a variety of forms. All of her work in the field has informed the design of her own media literacy program (iSpeakMedia). Alicia also happens to be NAMLE’s very first M-Passioned featured member.
In July 2014, Alicia gave away all of her possessions and decided to reset her life’s path, relying on intuition as her compass. The journey is resulting in light for her own creative visions, work intended to have a lasting impact on the global community, and service on the local community level. You can connect with Alicia on Twitter at @ispeakmedia.