The brilliance and diversity of our stories is made possible by our global network of contributors. From Vancouver to Chicago and beyond, our experienced writers, editors and artists help make Ripple of Change a dynamic and inclusive magazine.
Brittany King is an alumnus of the University of Missouri and is now an independent journalist based in Indianapolis, Indiana. She reports on education, race, and women’s issues. Her work has appeared in AdWeek, The Washington Post, and various higher education publications.
Daniella Barreto is a Black, queer immigrant from Zimbabwe to unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territory, also known as Vancouver, BC. She has a background in epidemiology and public health and is concerned with the intersections of surveillance, technology, white supremacy, and policing. She’s a former organizer with Black Lives Matter–Vancouver and Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Fellow. In her spare time, she likes to cycle with the Bike Panthers cycling club.
Kelsey McWilliams is a social worker and writer based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She has worked in the non-profit sector in Calgary, Alberta and Vancouver, British Columbia since 2010. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature and a Bachelor of Social Work. Kelsey has experience working with people struggling with mental health issues, homelessness, domestic violence, substance use, and women’s health. Kelsey is passionate about mental health education and hopes to remind professionals that their mental health matters just as much as those they serve.
Matt Alderton is a freelance journalist who writes regularly about social justice, sustainability and humanitarianism. A writer and reporter for nearly two decades, he has covered everything from sustainable housing, smart cities and immigration to marriage equality, disability rights and the criminalization of mental health. Matt has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a master’s degree in creative writing, also from Northwestern. Originally from Denver, which boasts 300 days of sunshine a year, he now resides in Chicago, which boasts three.
Urooba Jamal is a Canadian journalist who writes about global social and political issues. She is pursuing a Master’s degree in Journalism, Media, and Globalization, studying in Europe as a Mundus Journalism scholar. She previously reported on Latin American news and issues from Ecuador. You can follow her on Twitter at @uroobajamal.
Vashon Jordan Jr. is a 21-year-old visual artist born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He uses photography and videography to showcase authentic stories and moments that reflect the people of Chicago. Vashon enjoys engaging with youth across the city to inspire and encourage them to follow their dreams. He received his Associate in Arts from Kennedy-King College, and is currently studying at Columbia College Chicago.
Stephen Brake is a professional photographer from Halifax, N.S. and the Photo Editor for Kukukwes.com. Stephen has nearly 30 years of experience in photography.
Stephen graduated from NSCAD University in Halifax with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and a minor in Graphic Design. While he was studying at NSCAD, he spent a semester at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City.
Stephen specializes in portrait and landscape photography as well as photojournalism. His photography website is at zoneonephoto.com.
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Stephanie is a writer and communications generalist who has worked in philanthropy, housing, and higher education. In her work, she helps organizations tell clear, memorable stories about people and projects that matter. An impatient optimist, Stephanie is especially interested in work that blends climate action with social justice.
Stephanie grew up in a small town on Algonquin Anishinaabeg lands (Ottawa Valley) and is grateful to have found home and friendships on the unceded lands of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples (Vancouver, Canada). In her community, she has volunteered as a digital literacy mentor, policy advisor, Girl Guide leader, and horticultural therapy assistant. In her downtime, she loves listening to heavy metal music, baking vegan treats, and curling up on the couch with books, cats, and blankets.