Josh started at Fairplay as an intern in 2003 and has been with the organization ever since. Most recently, he was Associate Director, organizing campaigns and developing communications strategy. Josh has appeared on Today, NPR, and Fox & Friends and he’s been quoted in publications including The New York Times and The Washington Post. His writings on the commercialization of childhood have appeared in many outlets. He and his wife Jennifer are doing their best to raise their daughter, Clara, commercial-free.
David plans and implements Fairplay’s campaigns, and builds partnerships with advocacy groups and policymakers. David was an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division of the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General for 15 years, including six years as Deputy Division Chief. He sits on the Board of Directors at Northeast Legal Aid and the Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health. David is grounded by time with family—his wife Lindsey, 9-year-old Lillian, 2-year-old George, and their dog, Beatrice.
Jean heads the Children’s Screen Time Action Network, using screen time research to help parents and professionals reduce children’s screen time and promote creative play. Previously, Jean worked as a writer and communications consultant both in high tech and nonprofit settings. She holds a Master’s in Education and a Certificate in Parenting Education from Wheelock College. She lives in Amherst, NH, with her husband Jim, and various combinations of their five children who come home from college and career.
Sam supports Fairplay’s communications and operations, focusing on the organization’s corporate campaigns. Prior to joining Fairplay, she served as an AmeriCorps member at BEST Hospitality in Boston, where she taught English, civics, and computer skills to members of Local 26. Sam studied online volunteer communities and the politics of European migration at Harvard University, where she graduated with a BA in Social Studies. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring green spaces and cooking.
Rachel is an advocate for young children, with a deep commitment to helping children and families find meaningful connections in a media-heavy world. Rachel earned a B.A. with honors in Environmental Studies, where she published her innovative research on picture books as a tool for consumerism education, and received an M.Ed in Early Childhood Education from Champlain College, focusing on nurturing preschoolers’ self-control in an “instant gratification society.” Rachel has worked as a founding Director and Lead Teacher at the nation’s largest all-outdoor preschool, and is a founding member of the NAEYC Young Professionals Advisory Council.
Naomi is a playful rabble-rouser, committed to encouraging young people to access curiosity and connection outside of corporate influence. Before joining Fairplay as the Program Coordinator, she studied environmental science, politics, and education at Oberlin College, taught writing to K-8th grade students, and directed community-based performing art programs. When Naomi is not supporting Fairplay’s campaigns and operations, she is advocating for environmental justice, training grassroots organizers, or creating and playing games to promote social change.
Bzu is a believer that childhood should be a time composed of human connection and a natural curiosity for the world, without the heavy influence of a digital society. She is a passionate advocate for youth and is inspired to uplift young people to have the freedom of maintaining their own creativity and interests. Before joining Fairplay as the Campaign Organizer, she studied journalism and political science at Boston University. She has volunteered in various youth based services, like running a summer camp for kids in Belize and as a peer mentor in Boston Public Schools.
In her free time she enjoys baking and creating homemade skin care products.
Lauren is passionate about helping families raise healthy children in our screen-saturated society. As the Work Groups Coordinator for the Children’s Screen Time Action Network, she supports the heart of the Network, its Work Groups, as they advance impactful initiatives. Before joining Fairplay, she worked on screen time legislation and hosted the show, Screen Time Reset. Lauren studied economics at the University of Pennsylvania and worked on Wall Street in a previous life. She now lives in her hometown, Honolulu, where she enjoys hiking, boogie-boarding and spending time with friends and family.
Seth served 19 years as an elementary school teacher before retiring in 2018. Prior to teaching, Seth was a business consultant in community economic development and worker ownership settings. He also started and ran a worker-owned home health care company in Boston. Since retiring, Seth has remained active in education-related causes. As the Screens in Schools Coordinator for the Children’s Screen Time Action Network, he organizes teachers and parents to limit the overuse of digital technology in schools. He serves as an elected member of the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) Retired Members Committee, and co-chairs the MTA’s Educational Policy and Practice Committee. He also is a member of the leadership team of Elders Climate Action Massachusetts.
A father of two grown children, Seth lives in Brookline with his wife, Kim Nelson, and his puppy, Maggie.
Rinny is an ardent believer that a healthy childhood is based on play, nature, and human connection – not digital media that wasn’t designed with children’s best interests at heart. Before joining Fairplay, Rinny worked as a litigation attorney for the federal government, a law clerk to a federal judge, and a union attorney in private practice. She currently volunteers for a county consumer protection agency and previously served as a board member and marketing committee chairperson at a parenting nonprofit. Rinny graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a JD and a BA in Communications. With teens at home she’s constantly striving to put theory into practice and understands firsthand the challenges that parents and caregivers face in trying to raise a child in the digital age.