Let it Ripple is a 501c3 social profit (nonprofit) known for our global art activations, award-winning films, original series, and live and virtual experiences that inspire audiences to think about what it means to be human in today's world.
Our films have won 60 awards, been viewed 50 Million+ times,
and play across all platforms -- theatrical, television, and nearly all streaming platforms. Our films and art projects have premiered at MoMA, Sundance, and TED, and have been selected by the US State Department to represent the US at embassies around the world.
Our films, art, global activations, resources, and experiences are supported by visionary foundations and individuals like you. All donations are tax-deductible.
WHO WE ARE
Executive & Creative Director, Co-Founder
Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, founder of the Webby Awards, and author of the national bestselling book 24/6: Giving up Screens One Day a Week to Get More Time, Creativity, and Connection, which won the Marshall McLuhan Outstanding Book Award. She lectures and performs worldwide on the relationship between technology and humanity. The Museum of Modern Art in New York premiered her one woman “Spoken Cinema” performance Dear Human at the start of 2020. Shlain has received over 80 awards and distinctions for her films and work, including selection for the Albert Einstein Foundation’s initiative Genius:100 Visions for the Future, and inclusion on NPR’s list of Best Commencement Speeches. Read More.
Head of Productions, Co-Founder
Sawyer Steele is an Emmy-nominated producer, transgender activist, and co-founder of Let it Ripple. He has produced, co-written, voice-over directed, and edited many award-winning films and art activations that have debuted at institutions like Sundance and The Museum of Modern Art New York. He produced and co-wrote the Emmy-nominated original series The Future Starts Here, which includes an episode TransBoom, where he shares his experience being transgender and his thoughts around the past, present, and future of being trans. He and Tiffany, with whom he's been working for 17 years, co-founded Character Day and 50/50 Day, global art activations that engaged millions through film and educational resources. After 20 years living in the Bay Area, Sawyer now lives in Portland, Maine with his partner and two autistic(ly amazing) kids.
Jennifer Traig, PhD
Writer and Researcher
Jenny Traig is a researcher, writer, and editor whose books include Act Natural, Well Enough Alone, and Devil in the Details. She has a PhD in Literature from Brandeis. She has been working with Let it Ripple on all things research, writing, and production for 15 years.
Shaady Salehi is a nonprofit leader and strategy consultant with 15 years’ experience working at the intersection of communications, policy, and social impact. Prior to launching her consulting practice, she was Managing Director of Distribution and Impact at ITVS, where she designed and led a department dedicated to advancing the reach and social impact of documentaries on public television. Prior to ITVS, she was Executive Director of Active Voice, a pioneering organization that uses storytelling to advance social change. During her tenure there, Shaady designed and led social impact campaigns for films including Food, Inc., The Visitor, and Welcome to Shelbyville. Shaady has spoken extensively about the role of storytelling and social change at convenings like SXSW, the Sundance Institute, and the Aspen Ideas Festival. Shaady holds an M.S. in Strategic Communications from Columbia University, an M.A. in Anthropology from UC Davis, and a B.A. in Anthropology from Oberlin College.
Author, Film Producer, Artist
Tanya Selvaratnam is a writer, artist, and Emmy-nominated and multiple Webby-winning producer with more than 25 years of experience in the arts & social justice. Born in Sri Lanka and raised in Long Beach, CA, Selvaratnam is based in New York City and Portland, Oregon. With the artist Laurie Anderson and the producer Laura Michalchyshyn, she is a cofounder of The Federation: a coalition of artists, organizations, and allies committed to keeping cultural borders open and showing how art unites us. She has also been an advisor and producer for Freedoms, which catalyzes public discourse and civic engagement through the arts; specifically, she worked on the organization’s 50 State Initiative as well as the For Freedoms Congress. Most recently, she produced for The Vision & Justice Project; Glamour Women of the Year; The Meteor; For Freedoms Congress; The Shed multi-arts center; and UNSTOPPABLE/Planned Parenthood. Her book Assume Nothing: A Story of Intimate Violence was published by Harper Collins in 2020.
Academy Award Winning Exec Producer
Geralyn Dreyfous is an executive producer of several Oscar and Emmy-Award winning films and series. Geralyn taught Documentary and Narrative writing with Dr. Robert Coles at Harvard University. She is the Founder/ Board Chair of the Utah Film Center and a charter member of the Utah Coalition for Film and Media. In 2007, she co- founded Impact Partners Film Fund. IP has been involved in the financing of over 30
films, including The Cove, which won an Academy Award for Best Documentary; The Garden, which was nominated an Oscar; Freeheld, which won an Oscar; Born Into Brothels, which won an Emmy; and Hell and Back Again, nominated for an Oscar. She was also Executive Producer on In A Dream, The Invisible War, Anita, Connected, The Crash, and The Square.
Tech and Communications Entrepreneur
Erik's focus is corporate development & platform strategy. Before founding N3TWORK, his current endeavor, Erik was responsible for building Apple’s consumer market for 3rd party apps. His team focused on helping develop, deliver and market the highest quality products on both iOS & Mac. Key relationships included: Electronic Arts, Airbnb, Time Warner, Conde Nast, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Instagram, FiftyThree, Nike, Twitter, Path, Netflix, HBO, PopCap, Jawbone, MLB Advanced Media & Zynga. Prior to Apple, he was part of the founding team at FusionOne, an early pioneer in the area of Internet based services. There he led the the strategic partnership efforts, helping build branded & integrated relationships with Nokia, HP, IBM, Palm and Apple. He currently serves as an advisor to: Blakjet, Circa, Moonfrye & RedRover.
Non-profit activity includes: Charitywater.org, Technology advisor to wearethorn.org.
Silicon Valley Pioneer
Alan Eyzaguirre is a Silicon Valley pioneer focused on corporate marketing and communications. At Apple, Adobe, Nokia, IDG and LACMA, Alan has helped visionary leaders define consumer messages and executive communication platforms. Alan has closely worked with some of the most notable leaders of our time including Tiffany Shlain, Michael Govan, Jerri DeVard and Steve Jobs on everything from keynote presentations, yearly strategic reviews and brand transformation campaigns. As an Alumni of the Aspen Institute Seminar, Alan has served on various executive offsites including a recent gathering of the Association of Art Museum Directors. Alan Eyzaguirre’s global marketing and communications experience is an asset to entrepreneurial and corporate organizations.