Patrick Egan is the director of marketing and communications at Children’s Aid, which has been battling childhood poverty in New York City for 164 years and counting. In addition to working with the media and overseeing digital and content strategies, he played a leading role in the organization’s recent rebranding and subsequent relaunch of its website.
Before coming to Children’s Aid in 2014, Patrick was the senior content manager at the Center for Reproductive Rights, where he put together a grassroots campaign that attracted hundreds of thousands of Americans in support of a woman’s unequivocal right to make choices about her health and future. He started in nonprofit advocacy with Children’s Rights, a legal advocacy firm reforming foster care nationally.
Bayeté Ross Smith is an visual artist, photographer, multimedia artist and filmmaker from Harlem, New York. He began his career as a photojournalist with the Knight Ridder newspaper corporation. Bayeté is a TED Resident, part of residency class three. He has worked as a multimedia artist and producer for The New York Times and AMDoc/POV.
As an artist, he has exhibited his work internationally with the Smithsonian Institution, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Brooklyn Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, the Schomburg Center, the Lianzhou Foto Festival (China), FotoMuseum Provincie Antwerpen (Belgium), Goethe Institute (Ghana), the Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Poland), and America House (Ukraine), to name a few. His collaborative projects, “Along The Way” and “Question Bridge: Black Males,” were showcased at the Sundance Film Festival, among other festivals. His work has also been screened at the L.A. Film Festival and Sheffield Doc Fest (England). Some of his accolades include a TED Residency, an Inaugural IDEALab Fellowship, an International Center of Photography Infinity Award for New Media and a Jerome Foundation fellowship.
He is a faculty member at the International Center of Photography and New York University and associate program director of the nonprofit Kings Against Violence Initiative, a hospital and school based non-profit violence prevention organization, based in Brooklyn, New York.
Australian by birth and a Chicagoan by residence, Sarah Matheson is a documentary photographer, photojournalist, visual storyteller and Digital Asset Strategist.
Sarah has documented Presidents, Congressional and State elected officials, candidates, volunteers and political strategists hard at work. She has captured all sides of politics, across all parties and at all levels and just about every major rally or march you can think of.
Volunteering during the 2016 Presidential campaign, Sarah was based out of the Hillary for America Illinois office in downtown Chicago. It was here she fell in love with documenting how people engaged in the US political process at a local level. She documenting 56 political events across 4 states in 42 days.
She also designs & produces large & complex digital asset projects, from running the 50 strong Digital Media Team for the 2018 Women’s March Chicago to sourcing a digital library of 10,000 images across 156 topics for a corporate client.
In her previous 25-year corporate career in Australia, Sarah worked as a Business Development Manager in internet and marketing companies.
Married to Rob Lowe (not the actor), Sarah carries her cameras everywhere, talks about photography incessantly, much to the annoyance of Harry, her 12-year-old son. When not making photos, Sarah is doing what every other working parent is doing… juggling the demands of family life whilst trying to carve out time for spontaneous creativity.
Sarah holds Illinois Secretary of State and Illinois House of Representatives Media Credentials, is an APA (American Photographic Association) National Member and a member of the Chicago Women in Photography community.