As Legal Fellow, Brendan works within the Policy Team to create a safer, less addicting world for children and teens online. He spends his time growing subject matter expertise in data privacy law and working alongside Fairplay’s partner organizations to develop and implement better online privacy protections for kids. Before joining Fairplay, Brendan worked as a research clerk for the Michigan Court of Appeals and as General Counsel for a custom software development and SaaS company. He studied journalism at Michigan State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Most recently, Brendan took a mid-career break to travel the world full-time with his family, where he homeschooled his two school-aged children through cultural immersion and experiential learning.
Winnie is a committed advocate for social justice. As an aunt to two nephews, she wants to create a more equitable world where they can grow without the overbearing and unethical influence of Big Tech. Prior to joining Fairplay, Winnie worked in higher education as well as the public health space. She earned her B.A. in International Affairs, and during her undergraduate studies, she worked and volunteered with several non-profit organizations. In her free time, Winnie enjoys traveling to new places, cooking, and making crafts.
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.
Josh started at Fairplay as an intern in 2003 and has been with the organization ever since. He succeeded Founder Dr. Susan Linn as Executive Director in 2015. Josh is passionate about creating a safer, less addictive internet for children where young people’s needs come before advertisers’ and big tech’s profits. Josh regularly speaks to parents, professionals, journalists, and policymakers about how to create a healthier media environment for children and teens. He lives in Vermont with his wife Jennifer, their 14-year-old daughter, and their hound Jolene.
As policy counsel, Haley is focused on Fairplay’s work advocating for laws and regulations that protect children and teens’ autonomy and safety online. Before joining Fairplay, Haley clerked for the Hon. Robert L. Miller, Jr. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. During law school, Haley worked on issues at the intersection of government surveillance technology and civil liberties. Haley studied law at Indiana University – Bloomington and journalism and political science at Northwestern University. She lives in Washington, DC, with her partner, Isaac, and their very spoiled cat, Cammie.
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.
Jean heads the 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.
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.
Natasha is passionate about empowering families through education and creating support systems to assist them. With a background in healthcare education, Natasha has worked to improve the lives of children and their families for many years. Prior to joining Fairplay, she earned her B.S. in Nursing and worked as a Registered Nurse with a focus on family services. Meeting families wherever they are within their own wellness journeys is a priority and privilege for her. Outside of work, she has volunteered her time to several youth based sports and health initiatives and enjoys spending time with her close-knit family.