Our Board

First Amendment Coalition Board of Directors – 2014

Officers

  • Carol Melamed, President, Vice-President Government Affairs, Washington Post, (retired)
  • James Chadwick, Vice-President, Attorney,  Sheppard Mullin
  • Duffy Carolan, Second Vice-President, Attorney, Jassy, Vick, Carolan
  • Mel Opotowsky, Treasurer, newspaper consultant and former managing editor, Press-Enterprise, Riverside
  • Melanie Sill, Secretary, Executive Editor, KPCC Public Radio for LA and Orange Counties

Board of Directors

  • Tim Alger, Attorney, Perkins Coie, Palo Alto, CA
  • Kevin Bankston, Senior Counsel, Center for Democracy and Technology, Washington, DC
  • Bruce B. Brugmann, Editor and Publisher, San Francisco Bay Guardian
  • Thomas Burke, Attorney,  Davis Wright Tremaine, SF,CA
  • Guylyn Cummins, Attorney, Sheppard Mullin, LA, CA
  • Hal Fuson, Attorney, Former Executive Vice President, The Copley Press, Inc.
  • Dan Gillmor, Knight Center, Cronkite School of Journalism, University of Arizona, Phoenix
  • Richard Gingras, Head, Google News Products
  • Paul Gullixson, Editorial Director, Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, CA
  • Evan Hansen, Senior Editor, Science & Technology, Medium.com
  • Jay Harris, Media Consultant, Former Publisher Mother Jones and The American Prospect
  • Jean-Paul Jassy, Attorney, Jassy Vick Carolan, LLP, LA, CA
  • Quentin Kopp, San Mateo County Superior Court Judge, retired
  • Scott Lindlaw, Attorney, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, SF, CA
  • K.C. Meadows, Editor, Ukiah Daily Journal
  • Jim Newton, Editor at Large, Los Angeles Times
  • Karl Olson, Attorney, Ram Olson Cereghino & Kopczynski, SF, CA
  • John Raess, Associated Press, Bureau Chief, SF. CA
  • Rowland Rebele, Newspaper Consultant, Aptos, CA
  • James “Bert” Robinson, Managing Editor, Bay Area News Group
  • Dick Rogers, Reader Representative, San Francisco Chronicle, retired
  • Arnold York, Publisher, Malibu Times

FAC Board Members Emeriti:

  • Allen McCombs, Publisher Emeritus, Chino Champion
  • Anh Do, Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, Orange County Bureau
  • Steve Montiel, Media Specialist, UC Communications
  • Edward Davis, Attorney, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
  • William S. Johnson, Publisher, Palo Alto Weekly
  • Jerry Ceppos, Dean, The Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno
  • Rick Pullen, Dean of the College of Communications, Cal-State, Fullerton
  • Tony Ridder, former Chairman and CEO of Knight-Ridder
  • Dan Day, Modesto Bee
  • Stephen Barnett, Emeritus Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law – Boalt Hall
  • Carole Wagner Vallianos, Attorney, Manhattan Beach
  • Morton I. Levine, Publisher Emeritus, Milpitas Post
  • Barbara Blinderman, Attorney, Moskowitz, Brestoff, Winston & Blinderman; Los Angeles
  • Ray Herndon, Los Angeles Times
  • Martin Weinberger, Publisher, Claremont Courier
  • Michael Hoffman, Training Editor, Ventura County Star
  • Ginger Moorhouse, President, Bakersfield Californian