Our Team

Our team consists of people from different backgrounds and different lived experiences. We hold wide-ranging political views, and we all value respectful and engaging debate.  Divided We Fall’s team believes it is our duty to our readers to promote spirited debate and non-partisan news. Our organization needs reporters and editors, visual and graphics artists, and audience experts. Please contact us if you believe in our mission and you would like to become involved.


Ann DeFabio
Member, Board of Directors

Ann DeFabio serves on the Divided We Fall Board of Directors, advising strategy and communications for the organization. Currently Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer at The Pew Charitable Trusts, she previously served as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Public Affairs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and as Director of Communications at The Brookings Institution. 

Anand Buch
Member, Board of Directors

Anand Buch serves on the Divided We Fall Board of Directors, advising organizational growth and business development. Anand is a technology entrepreneur, most recently having served as Co-Founder and CEO of NetSapiens. Anand also serves as a Board Member and

Saira Blair
Member, Board of Directors

Saira Blair serves on the Divided We Fall Board of Directors, advising on strategy and fundraising efforts. Saira previously represented the 59th Delegate District of West Virginia as a State Legislator, the youngest person elected to state or federal office in the United States upon her election. Saira currently serves as the Deputy Treasurer in the West Virginia State Treasurer’s Office and has previous non-profit experience with 

Charles Ray
Member, Board of Advisors

Ambassador Charles Ray serves as a strategic advisor to Divided We Fall. Previously, he was appointed by both President Bush and President Obama to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia and U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe. A retired U.S. Army Officer of 20 years, decorated twice for his actions in combat during the Vietnam War, Ambassador Ray also served U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW/Missing Personnel Affairs. 

Joe Schuman
Founder and Editor-in-Chief

Joe Schuman works to set the vision of Divided We Fall and to build the team to meet that mission. Joe works as a civilian for the Department of Defense promoting innovation and emerging technology. Joe is also an Officer in the Air National Guard and a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In his spare time he can be found reading non-fiction, playing piano, and running triathlons. 

Laurence Tissot
Managing Editor and Chief Operating Officer

Laurence Tissot oversees all editorial activities, including article development and publication. As the former Managing Editor for Metro United Nations, she is passionate about ensuring open discourse and opposing views. Laurence holds degrees from France, Belgium, and Spain and has professional experience in several languages.

Alhassan Elbarasse
Chief Human Capital Officer

Alhassan Elbarasse is responsible for developing and executing human resource strategy for Divided We Fall. As a global HR leader, Alhassan has built and optimized teams to help people and organizations realize their potential and exceed expectations. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics from George Mason University and an MBA from George Washington University. 

Cyndi Sutton
Director of Communications

Cyndi Sutton is responsible for all communications activities, including partnerships, media relations, and social media. Cyndi has a breadth of experience managing strategic communications from boutique marketing and communications firms to a global software and services company and national nonprofit organization. She holds a degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Marketing from Virginia Tech. 

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Violet Cavendish
Executive Producer

Violet Cavendish serves as the communications manager for the Marijuana Policy Project, where she has gained coverage for the organization in major media outlets including CNN, the New York Times, The Atlantic, Fox News, and more. Violet received her Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies and Psychology from James Madison University.

Ben Baumann
Associate Producer

Ben Baumann serves as an Associate Producer at Divided We Fall. He has a B.A. in History from Saint John’s University in Minnesota and an M.A. in Ancient Studies from the University of Amsterdam. He is passionate about bringing people together to heal political divides and currently works as a historian studying modern American politics.

Kate Carney
Director of Strategic Initiatives

Kate brings with her over ten years of experience across Capitol Hill, founding a nonprofit, and leading corporate social responsibility programs at a Fortune 100 company. She has circumnavigated 8,000 miles around the Great Loop and has a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University as well as an MPP from the University of Maryland.     

Adam Kukuck
Development Associate

Adam Kuckuk is Development Associate for Divided We Fall and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science. He brings a variety of experiences having worked for both Democratic and Republican politicians, consulting for nonprofits across healthcare, veterans’ issues, and education, and working for the Millennial Action Project. 

Matthew Donnell
Social Media Manager

Matthew Donnell is a junior in the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University studying political communication and English. Matthew writes opinions for The GW Hatchet and is the president and founder of the Irish-American Heritage Society at GW. As social media manager, Matthew hopes to provide Divided We Fall's readers with a diversity of perspectives on divisive issues in politics. 

Jessica Kings-Buckley
Deputy Managing Editor

Jessica Kings-Buckley received her B.A.’s in Political Science and History from the University of Central Florida and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of West Florida. Jessica is active in her local community and passionate about civil rights and social equity, which can only be achieved through bipartisanship. She serves as Deputy Managing Editor, where she combines her deep understanding of the political landscape and her proven attention to detail.

Kenneth Wallace
Associate Editor

Kenneth Wallace is an associate editor at Divided We Fall. He originally graduated from the De Vry Institute of Technology and began his career as an Electronics Technician. After returning to school, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Minor in Professional Writing from the University of Maryland. 

Jenna Marcus
Associate Editor

Jenna Marcus assists with editing and publishing at Divided We Fall. She is a recent graduate of the University at Buffalo, where she studied political science and history. Jenna currently serves as editor-in-chief at Subject Media, and loves reading, writing, global affairs, and history. She is a strong believer that knowledge leads to meaningful change, and hopes that readers will come away from the site with more informed perspectives on politics.

Nicole Nieto
Associate Editor

Nicole Nieto assists Divided We Fall as an Associate Editor. She has received her degrees in Creative Writing and Anthropology. Nicole is a Freelance Writer and a Jack-of-all-Trades, constantly learning new things and meeting new people along the way. During her off time, she takes care of her cat and dog, plays video games, and reads too many books at one time.

Elizabeth Bellizzi
Associate Editor

Elizabeth Bellizzi has served in media and communications positions across government, industry, and nonprofits, including Communications Advisor to the House Democratic Caucus and Press Secretary for Congressman John Larson. Her interest in dialogue across differences stems from her experience in local politics and living around the world as a military spouse. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in communication. 

Vinicius Tavares
Graphic Designer

Vinicius Tavares oversees DWF's design needs. He brings with him ten years of experience as a graphic and motion designer working in video and game production companies and university broadcast television. He graduated from Universidade do Estado de São Paulo (UNESP) with a bachelor's degree in Graphic Design and Visual Communication.