NewsGuild Professional Staff
JOSH AUSTIN is the Guild's communications director. Josh comes to us from the Actors' Equity Association (A.E.A.), where he was the interim national director of communications as well as the publication/website content editor. While working for Equity, Josh created a quarterly, glossy magazine as well as an online news portal, providing the union (for the first time) timely content. With a background in journalism, Josh earned his BA from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in professional writing/English and his master's from the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in arts journalism.
BETTINA DAMIANI joined the Guild as a Local Representative after working for over a dozen years leading Good Jobs New York, a corporate subsidy accountability organization. During her tenure, the organization provided research and analyses to the Guild about New York’s allocation of taxpayer subsidies to New York City’s media industry. Bettina is an adjunct lecturer at CUNY’s Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies where she teaches public policy courses. She received her BA in Communication and Peace Studies from Manhattan College and a Master’s Degree in Urban Affairs from Hunter College. She is also a recipient of the 2006-2007 Revson Fellowship at Columbia University. She represents The Daily Beast, Kaplan, Time Inc., The Nation, Roosevelt Institute and Jacobin Magazine.
SUSAN DeCARAVA joined the Guild professional staff as a Local Representative in December 2008 after serving for two years as Unit Chair at the Writers Guild of America, East. She works with members across the Guild to build strong, winning contract campaigns and to address issues such as diversity in the newsroom, hostile work environments, professional training and career advancement, and affordable employer-sponsored healthcare. She currently represents members at Reuters, The New Yorker, Law360, ImpreMedia (El Diario and La Opinion), and Buzzfeed News. In 2016 Susan developed and implemented robust Guild-wide programming, including skills training (podcasts, iphone photography, digital security), networking events and journalism-focused discussion panels.
NASTARAN MOHIT is the Organizing Director of the NewsGuild of New York, where she oversees the organizing program for the local. Nastaran began organizing with the Guild in 2012 on a project basis and was hired full time in 2015. Nastaran has organized hundreds of media professionals into the NewsGuild, leading successful campaigns at publications like The Los Angeles Times, Law360, Mic.com, The New Republic and The New Yorker. She has worked as an NYC-based labor and community organizer for the last 15 years. She is a graduate of Binghamton University, and received her Masters in Labor Studies from the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Labor Studies at the City University of New York.
ANTHONY NAPOLI came to the Local from The New York Times in February 2006. He currently serves as the Local's Senior Representative and as a chief negotiator. He also served as the local treasurer, which is an elected position.
Prior to his job at the Local, Anthony served as the Grievance Chair of the Times unit for three years, was elected as the unit’s First Vice Chairperson and as an Executive Board member.
Anthony was hired by the newspaper on April l, 1986, as a pot-washer in the company cafeteria. Two years later, he stepped up to a delivery clerk position in the receiving department, and became a shop steward. He was promoted in 1996 as an advertising production representative in the customer order fulfillment. He won a technical merit award from The Times for creating and implementing a process for posting web ads in the newspaper.
Anthony attended what was then C.W. Post College (now Long Island University), majoring in business management.
BARBARA DAVIS is the Local Representative for The New York Times NewsGuild unit as well as the Wirecutter, Foreign Policy Association and Jersey Journal shops. She used her background in art and design, including a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration from the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, MN, on the job at Newsday for four years and during her 14-year tenure at The Times, where she worked in the Publishing Distribution Center. Barbara has been a labor activist since 2005, serving as a union officer, delegate, executive committee member and a contract negotiator for CWA Local 14156. In her spare time, she has been a medal-winning member of Toastmasters and part of its public relations team and has been known to dabble in some nontraditional art media, including buttercream.
JESUS SANCHEZ is the Director of Mobilization at the News Guild of New York. In this role, Jesus is responsible for creating and implementing Guild-wide mobilization strategy for member engagement. His career spans over 25 years where he has dedicated his time to the labor movement and organizing workers. Aside from his passion for helping others and making a difference in people’s lives, he volunteers for organizations such as Freeport Hispanic Association and Nassau Hispanic Parade Association. In his spare time, Jesus loves watching the New York Mets, his favorite baseball team. "Ya gotta believe."
MARYBETH SEITZ-BROWN is an organizer for the NewsGuild on external and internal organizing campaigns. Marybeth has successfully organized media workers at publications including The New Yorker, the Los Angeles Times, PC Magazine, Mashable, Geek.com, and AskMen. She co-founded the Guild's LGBTQIA+ Caucus. Previously, she was a researcher at and Unit Chair of the Roosevelt Institute, a progressive think tank represented by the Guild, and served on its bargaining and organizing committees. Marybeth is a graduate of Columbia University, where she was a student organizer with restaurant and cafeteria workers in Manhattan.
BEVERLY SLOAN is the Guild's newest Local Representative. She comes to the Guild from Actors' Equity Association with 30 years' combined experience as a union representative and senior business rep overseeing the national LORT agreement as well as Off-Broadway, Theatre for Young Audiences, and multiple Stock agreements, among others. Beverly has a BA in creative writing and government from Penn State and a law degree from NYU. Never wanted to be a lawyer, though. She will be representing members at New York Magazine, WPIX, DailyMailTV, El Diario, Kaplan, and La Opinion, with more to come.