Home Storytellers combats the global refugee crisis with vibrant visual storytelling, bringing attention to proven and sustainable solutions.

 

Our Vision

Imagine a World Where...

The safety, dignity and human rights of all refugees is protected.

Our job is to help organizations gain visibility and increase their impact through character-driven documentaries that bring the world a little closer to
this dream.

 

Meet our Creative Team

 

Francisco Alcala

Founder | Executive Director | Photographer

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Francisco has a unique combination of 30 years of experience as business executive in 4 continents and a transformation into a documentary photographer.  In the last 5 years, he has used photography to promote the work of the nonprofits Mexico Tierra de Amaranto and Project Salud y Paz, as well as providing relief to families impacted by the September 19, 2017 earthquake in Mexico.

Queretaro, Mexico

 

Alejandra Alcala 

Cofounder | Creative Director

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Alejandra is a Visual Designer based in Barcelona for the past 7 years. Even though she graduated as a Graphic Designer, her career has led her to explore and practice different subdisciplines like Animation, Postproduction and Art Direction. In July, Alejandra graduated from a Postgraduate Degree in Motion Graphics and 3D Design, a study that helped her merge her passion for multimedia with her love for graphic design. 

Barcelona, Spain

Ed Kashi

Photographer

 
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Ed is a critically acclaimed, award-winning photojournalist, filmmaker, speaker, and educator who for nearly 40 years has dedicated himself to documenting many of the social and geopolitical issues that define our times. A member of the VII Agency since 2010, Ed has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition. In, 2002, Ed and his wife, writer and filmmaker Julie Winokur, founded the nonprofit Talking Eyes Media producing numerous award-winning pieces that explore significant social issues.

New York City Area

 

Catherine Karnow

Photographer

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Catherine has been a National Geographic photographer since 1996. Born in Hong Kong, she is fluent in French and conversant in Italian. She has covered many stories especially in Europe and Asia. A very important one is the issue of Agent Orange in Vietnam during 2 decades. Her work appears in National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian, French and German GEO and other international publications.

San Francisco, California

 

Michael S. Lewis

Photographer

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Michael S. Lewis has worked as a photographer for more than 35 years, covering assignments for the National Geographic Society, TIME, Newsweek and Smithsonian magazine.  His essays and books have covered such diverse topics as American agriculture, everyday African life, and indigenous education in Peru. Michael was one of the 95 top photojournalists from the US, Europe and Africa chosen to work on the historic book, “A Day in the Life of Africa.” He is currently working on stories about the land and the people of the American West.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Carlos Christian Rivero

Filmmaker & Visual Content Creator

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Carlos is a lifeteller who shares sensorial experiences through emocional visual journeys. He catches an intimate side of the story with a creative vision and likes to create a heartfelt connection between his projects and himself.

 

Carlos has been been involved in several projects with brands like Volcom, PUIG, Puma, Arnette, VICE and many agencies such as Virtue, MOI, Havas, Herraiz & Soto.

 

Barcelona, Spain

 

Jessica Pantoja Gutierrez

Filmmaker

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Jessica is a Mexican filmmaker with an MFA from the American Film Institute and an NAUI certified Underwater Cinematographer and Camera Operator. Her short film “Manners of Dying” contended for best Cinematography in renowned film festivals such as CameraImage, Cine Gear Expo and VIZIO filmmakers Challenge 2017. In 2018, Jessica worked as camera operator on Philip Glass’ most recent documentary.

Los Angeles, California

Carolyn Goldman

Producer

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Carolyn is a journalist and producer deeply committed to campaigns for social justice. She has developed a passion for storytelling focused on cross-cultural communication and human rights. Carolyn began her career at the PBS NewsHour (formerly The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour), and NBC News, where she created Emmy-award-winning content for NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw’s investigative reports, and was a longtime producer at Dateline NBC.

 

Mexico City

 

Joana Toro

Photographer

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Joana, born in Colombia, is a self-taught photographer. She explores issues of immigration, human rights and identity, and was featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian Magazine, Open Society Foundations, Photoword China Magazine, and Refinery29, amongst others. Her work has also being exhibited in international photo festivals all over the globe: Photoville New York, GuatePhoto, Just another Festival India, International Photography festival Pingyao China, and more.

 

New York City and Bogota Colombia

Meet our Advisory Board Members

 

Nucci Cerioli

Board Member | Supply Chain Executive | Strategic Focus

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Ms. Cerioli is a natural change agent. She bridges cultures: opening communication, finding common ground, and bringing teams together for best class results. A global supply chain executive who started her professional career in a small plant in Italy and raised to the highest organization levels in three major US companies. Roles in Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Australia, Ireland, and the United States have given Ms. Cerioli diverse perspectives in business and life.

Marquette, Michigan

Adrienne Pao

Arts Professional | University School of Photography Director

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San Francisco Bay area artist Adrienne Pao explores the confluence of fantasy and identity through photography and interactive installations. Pao’s photographs appear in fashion and pop culture magazines, as well as art journals and books around the world. Her work is commissioned and exhibited worldwide. Adrienne is a dedicated photographic educator and a Director of the Academy of Art University School of Photography in San Francisco.

San Francisco, California

Maurice Belanger

Expert Immigration Policy Analyst, Researcher, and Writer

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Mr. Belanger is an expert in U.S. immigration policy. For 25 years, he served with the National Immigration Forum. He was responsible for communicating with the network of national and local organizations advocating for immigrants and refugees, explaining immigration policy developments and putting them into legal, political, and procedural context, so that they might be more easily understood by non-policy experts. Today, he is a freelance analyst and writer for NGOs advocating for more generous migration policies.

Washington D.C. Metro Area

John Renwick

Investor Relations | Corporate Planning Executive

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John has nearly 30 years of experience in a variety of finance and leadership roles. He began his career at Chemical Bank. He then worked in equity research for Morgan Stanley. John joined Kellogg in 2000 as Vice President, Investor Relations & Competitive Analysis. He then embarked on a series of lead finance roles in Asia, Canada, Latin-America, and the US. John moved to his current role, Vice President, Investor Relations & Financial Strategy, in 2016. He became a Chartered Financial Analyst in 1993, and graduated cum laude with a BA degree in Economics from Middlebury College.
 

Richland, Michigan

David Lund

Wealth Management Advisor | Humanitarian

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David is passionate about serving others - especially those whose circumstances are less fortunate. He has several professional designations and has been recognized by the financial services industry including in the Financial Times Top 400 advisors. Most recently he was named to the Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” list,  an acknowledgement of the energy and care he devotes to the families he serves. He is a 20+ year veteran of Merrill Lynch. A family man, an active volunteer with his church, and supports a number of local charities."

 

Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan

 

Gabriela Andrade Gorab

Film and TV Production/Arts and Culture Journalist

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Gabriela is a producer in an independent film and TV company; her creative skills make her a contributor for various written media where she writes about Art, Culture and Innovation. She has a degree in Arts with a mayor in Communication and Advertising and a minor in Film and TV from Bond University, Australia; Humanities and Art from Harvard, Psychology studies from UQ, Poverty and Social Development studies as well as an Entrepreneurship Program from MIT. 

Mexico City, Mexico

Alan Andrews

Retired Kellogg Company Corporate Controller 

    Alan "Al" Andrews retired as Corporate Controller from the Kellogg Company in 2012, following 30 years of service. His work focused on accounting and finance activities. His career took him and his family to assignments in China, Mexico, and England in addition to the U.S.. He and his wife Michelle have two sons.  

    Kalamazoo, Michigan

    Home Storytellers combats the global human refugee crisis with vibrant visual storytelling, bringing attention to proven and sustainable solutions.

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