NewsGuild Professional Staff
JOSH AUSTIN is the Guild's communications director. Josh comes to us from the Actors' Equity Association (AEA), 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 as well as master's in arts administration from the University of Kentucky.
CHRIS BROOKS, Mobilizing Director, comes to the Guild from Labor Notes, where he worked as a staff writer and organizer, providing organizing training and strategic consultation to thousands of workers across the United States and Canada. Prior to that, he was a labor and community organizer in Tennessee, training rank-and-file activists, bargaining new contracts, and building community power. As a journalist, Chris has bylines in numerous national magazines, news publications, and academic journals. He received his Masters in Labor Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
BARBARA DAVIS is a Local Representative here at the Guild. 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.
JACK DICKEY is a Local Representative at the Guild. He joined in July 2020 after seven years as a writer and editor at Sports Illustrated and TIME, where he covered baseball, football, culture, business, and politics, and was first vice chair of the union at Time Inc. He also co-led the successful organizing drive at SI after its sale in fall 2019. Before that, Jack was on staff at Deadspin. He graduated magna cum laude from Columbia in 2013 with a B.A. in English, and he was a two-time Jeopardy! champion.
STEFANIE FREY, Senior Mobilizer, joins the Guild after serving as the Mobilizing Director of IAPE, the local union representing editorial employees at Dow Jones, and as a National Organizer and Senior Campaign Manager for Actors’ Equity Association, the national union for actors and stage managers. From her start in labor as a contract associate, Stef has continuously been a fierce advocate for workers and has since led multiple successful contract campaigns, union-wide referendum votes, and critical ballot measures. Alongside workers, Stef helped beat down right-to-work legislature in Missouri, secure necessary arts funding in San Francisco with the passage of Proposition E, and led a 33-day strike against The Broadway League resulting in profit participation for show development. A graduate of Miami University, Stef is proud to join the NewsGuild of New York and continue to stand up for media workers.
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.
BRYAN NELSON, Organizer, comes to the NewsGuild of New York with over 10 years of experience as a labor organizer, representative, and educator in a variety of union settings in both the private and public sectors, including a workers’ center where he helped build power among undocumented workers and community allies to fight wage theft and recover unpaid wages. Prior to joining the staff of the NewsGuild of New York, Bryan represented nurses and health professionals and also served as a Unit Chair and Executive Council member of the Washington-Baltimore News Guild. The product of a union household, he shares the NewGuild's commitment to union democracy and building power through organizing.
ALEX KULENOVIC, Local Representative, comes to the NewsGuild of New York with over 10 years experience as a union organizer, representative, and lead negotiator. Having successfully organized numerous new union shops and empowered workers to win groundbreaking contracts, his singular focus is building member-driven unions able to take on any challenge.
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.
RACHEL SANDERS is a Local Representative who joined the NewsGuild after 10 years of experience in the New York media industry, from book publishing to magazines to digital media. Most recently she was a culture editor at BuzzFeed News and Unit Chair of the newsroom’s union. Rachel graduated from Brown University, where she studied creative writing.
MARYBETH SEITZ-BROWN is an organizer for the NewsGuild on external and internal organizing campaigns, working primarily with the New York Times. Marybeth has successfully organized hundreds of media workers at publications including The New Yorker, the Los Angeles Times, NBC News Digital, WIRED, Sports Illustrated, PC Magazine, Mashable, Quartz, and Ars Technica. She co-founded the Guild's LGBTQIA+ Caucus. Previously, she was a researcher at and Unit Chair of the Roosevelt Institute, a progressive economic 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.
TIM TRY comes to the NewsGuild of New York as its Membership Associate after spending seven years with Actors' Equity Association as the Audition Center Manager. At Equity, he helped ensure that AEA members were able to attend union organized auditions in a fair and equitable way and according to contractual requirements. Prior to that, Tim spent his career onstage, working in union theaters across the county. Tim is a freelance photographer in his spare time. His work includes his colleagues headshots you see on this page.