Full Color Future is a new think tank and advocacy organization committed to changing the narrative about people of color in media, tech and innovation.
We know that our innovative educators, entrepreneurs, advocates, creators and cultural visionaries are changing their lives and our world by leveraging tech and the internet to redefine what is possible.
We are committed to ensuring these leaders are recognized for their expertise and that their necessary perspectives are centered in national (and global) policy debates about:
We aim to provide policymakers and policy stakeholders with an important, though largely untapped, resource of expertise, by connecting them to practitioners and by analyzing relevant policy issues through the lens of what works for multicultural communities leading in tech.
Full Color Future lifts up the policies, interventions, and experts that bend our arc toward a more just future.
FULL COLOR FUTURE IS:
Founding Executive Director
Brian has been passionate about inclusive tech, telecom and media policy for more than 20 years, since he got his start on Capitol Hill.
Brian served as Democratic Counsel on the US House Judiciary Committee and advised Committee Members on the Telecommunications Act, media ownership diversity, and free speech issues. He also advised members and staff on constitutional, civil rights, antitrust, criminal justice and investigative issues. Prior to his Committee work, Brian served as legislative counsel to Congressman Robert C. (Bobby) Scott of Virginia, currently the Ranking Member of the House Education and Workforce Committee.
Since leaving the Hill, Brian Woolfolk has worked in private practice, representing a broad array of clients with matters before Congress, federal agencies, and state and local governments. Brian also counsels clients involved in high profile Congressional Investigations.
Mr. Woolfolk has extensive technology and media policy experience. His advocacy on tech policy issues began when he ran a pro bono project that provided government relations services to minority media companies challenging anti-competitive practices in the cable marketplace. Over the years, Brian has worked on surveillance, artificial intelligence, net neutrality, mergers, set top boxes, and a host of other issues related to the fight to ensure diverse tech and media interests are protected.
Brian has a B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland and a J.D. from the William & Mary Law School. Brian currently serves as a Member of the William and Mary Board of Visitors (Trustees).
Chris Chambers – Georgetown University
Christopher Chambers is a Washington, D.C. native and a Professor of Media Studies at Georgetown University in the graduate Communications Masters Program and undergraduate Communications Culture & Technology Department. He is also an adjunct at Georgetown University Law School. He also serves as Deputy Chief Creative Officer for Soteryx Corporation, which provides platform and network architecture, and security, for Internet of Things (IoT) projects in conjunction with General Electric Corporation (GE). Professor Chambers writes for the Huffington Post and TheRoot.com and is an analyst on SiriusXM Radio channel 127; he also appears on MSNBC, the RT America cable network and China’s “World Insight” show on topics ranging from the FCC and regulation of the digital realm, digital copyright, technology and the law, and media trends in politics. His professional academic appearances include moderating a panel at SXSW (Austin, Texas) on apps and digital culture, and moderating a conference colloquium on media and science at the International Federation of Science Journalists (Helsinki, Finland). He is the author of four fiction novels and one graphic novel through MacMillan, Random House and Prose-Press. He was a finalist in 2008 for the PEN/Malamud Short Story Award for “Leviathan.” Professor Chambers is a former general counsel to Independence Bank, and was a staff attorney at the US Department of Justice, civil division. He is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Baltimore School of Law.
Eric K. Easter, Chairman – National Black Programming Consortium
Eric Easter is CEO of BlackBox Digital Studios, which produces documentaries and television programming for public media and streaming networks, and the co-founder of UrbanNews, an investigative news organization that provides content to more than 250 newspapers and magazines in the US.
The former CEO of streaming channel Black Heritage Network, he is executive producer of “My Big Show”, a TV series competition, and “The District” a documentary series on Washington neighborhoods, which premiered in 2016 summer on PBS.
An advocate for a strong public media, he serves as chairman of the National Black Programming Consortium, which funds and develops documentary film and digital projects on the black cultural experience for PBS. He is on the board of WHUT-TV in Washington DC and a member of the board of the Public Media Platform, a joint effort of PBS, NPR, and others to build a digital resource of all public media content. He is also on the consumer advisory board of AT&T and the board of the NAACP’s historic magazine, Crisis. Most recently he has joined the tech policy organization, Full Color Future, as a founding board member.
The former vice president of entertainment and chief digital officer for Johnson Publishing, he launched and served as founding editor-in-chief of EbonyJet.com (now Ebony.com). As head of its entertainment unit, he spearheaded the company’s push into documentaries, online radio and short form video. The partnership he established with Google led to the digitization of the archives of Ebony, Jet, Negro Digest/Black World and Ebony Jr.
Prior to joining JPC, he directed communications strategy and social media outreach for Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, and served as executive director of Lawyers for the Arts, where he worked with content and music creators to navigate the impact of digital technology on intellectual property.
A publisher and author, he founded ONE magazine, and published Black Film Review, a scholarly quarterly. He is the creator and co-author of the bestselling book “Songs of My People” (Little Brown 1992) a historic book and international photo exhibition on the lives of African Americans. In collaboration with actor Edward James Olmos and journalist Manny Monterrey, he produced AMERICANOS: Latino Life in the United States (Little Brown, 1990), a book, exhibition and award-winning HBO documentary which launched HBO Latino.
A veteran of political media, he began his career as press secretary to Rev. Jesse Jackson, and later advised the campaigns of Virginia Governor L. Douglas Wilder, Senator Mark Warner and presidential candidate Howard Dean, among others.
Otessa Marie Ghadar, DC WebFest
Otessa Marie Ghadar is a digital storyteller who uses writing, filmmaking, photography, and technology to share her narratives and build communities. As one of the web series medium’s earliest adopters, Otessa is a true forerunner of digital media. Starting in 2006, Otessa’s web series “Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden” is now the longest continually running show online, with an international audience in over 145 countries.
Otessa founded the DC Web Fest (one of the first of its kind & now in its 6th year) out of the need for digital content creators to showcase their works, inspiring creativity and innovation.
As an Adjunct Professor at A.U., and through additional guest lecturing, Otessa uses her passions to guide the next generation of digital storytellers. Stemming from her knowledge and expertise, she published the world’s first new media textbook called “The Wild West of Film.”
In addition to speaking, she also enjoys exhibiting her work, having shown work as part of FotoWeek DC, Transformer Gallery, The National Museum for Women in the Arts, amongst others.
A newly initiated Google Next Generation Policy leader, Otessa works diligently to increase technology awareness and innovation among minority and marginalized communities
She resides in Washington DC, and is currently working on her next trans-media project — the Young Adult Science Fiction series, “Lemma.”
She Completed her Graduate Film Studies at Columbia University’s film school in NYC.
Chris Lewis, Public Knowledge
Christopher Lewis is Vice President at Public Knowledge and leads the organization’s advocacy on Capitol Hill and other government agencies. Prior to joining Public Knowledge in 2012, Chris served at the Federal Communications Commission as Deputy Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs and advised the FCC Chairman on legislative and political strategy. He is a former U.S. Senate staffer for the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and has over 15 years of political organizing and advocacy experience including work as the North Carolina Field Director for Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign. Chris serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Local Self Reliance and represents Public Knowledge on the Board of the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG). Chris graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelors degree in Government. He lives in Alexandria, VA where he loves working on local civic issues and is elected to the Alexandria City Public School Board.
Carmen Scurato, National Hispanic Media Coalition
Carmen Scurato leads the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s policy and government affairs office in Washington, D.C. and is responsible for developing policy and legal strategies that encourage open and affordable communications, innovation, competition, and diversity. Carmen represents NHMC in meetings with decision makers in Congress and at federal regulatory agencies. She has spoken extensively on the ways that communications policy impacts people of color and regularly appears in outlets such as Fast Company, Fortune, The Root and the Guardian to highlight NHMC’s policy and advocacy efforts.
Before joining NHMC, Carmen worked at the Department of Justice and assisted in Medicare fraud investigations, including a False Claims Act case that resulted in the recovery of hundreds of millions of dollars. She also worked at the DOJ Office of Legislative Affairs on large document requests received from congressional oversight committees. Carmen, a native of Puerto Rico, earned her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and her B.A. cum laude from New York University.
Carmen also serves on the public policy advisory council to the American Library Association and is a member of the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar, Hispanic National Bar Association, and the Federal Communications Bar Association.
Todd Shurn, Howard University
Dr. Shurn received a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from Southern Methodist University. Research interests include games, interactive media, robotics, combinatorial optimization, smart and healthy cities, fresh produce processing and packaging. He has been employed as an IBM software engineer verifying the space shuttle operating system, a visiting researcher at the University of Southern California Integrated Media Systems Center and a consultant to Disney, Microsoft, the Washington Post and HBO. Dr. Shurn is currently a University of Michigan Urban Collaboratory consultant and a Howard University computer science faculty member. He is active supporting Chicago, DMV, Houston and national pre-college STEM pipeline programs including those seeking to increase minority applications to United States service academies.
DeShuna Moore Spencer, Kweli.tv
DeShuna Spencer is the Founder/CEO of kweliTV, a video streaming network that curates undiscovered and award-winning indie films, documentaries, web series and children’s programming of the global black community; and she’s a radio host/producer of emPower Hour, a weekly social justice show on DC’s 89.3 FM WPFW. Previously, she served as founding publisher of emPowermagazine.com where she launched the emPower Players Awards honoring community activists of color. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Spencer served as Director of Communications & Managing Editor for EdMarket. A Memphis native, Spencer graduated from Jackson State University where she studied communications and journalism. She has written for The Clarion-Ledger, The Oakland Tribune, the Crisis Magazine and AOL. A former AmeriCorps*VISTA and Chips Quinn Scholar, Spencer recently completed her first documentary, Mom Interrupted. She is a Spring 2017 Halcyon Incubator Fellow, a 2017 Voqal Fellow and winner of the 2017 Harvard Business School African Business Conference Pitch Competition.
Full Color Future is a project of Hopewell Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity. Hopewell Fund hosts and incubates initiatives that span a wide range of issues, including civic participation, global health, conservation, public policy, disaster recovery, education, and the arts.