Board of Directors
Investigative Studios' board of directors includes veteran journalists, filmmakers, lawyers and philanthropists.
Lowell Bergman is director of the Investigative Reporting Program and the Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism at the Graduate School of Journalism, where he has taught a seminar dedicated to investigative reporting for more than 20 years. He was a senior producer and consultant to PBS Frontline until 2015. In 2004, Bergman received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, awarded to The New York Times for “A Dangerous Business,” which detailed a foundry company’s safety and environmental violations. For 22 years, Bergman was a producer in network television news, including 14 years at CBS’s 60 Minutes. Bergman has received numerous Emmys and other awards, including six Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver and Gold Batons, three Peabodys and a Polk Award.
George Clyde is a retired lawyer who lives in Berkeley and Marshall. His legal career was mostly in San Francisco as a corporate partner with a large law firm; he also opened an office for the firm in Hong Kong. A longtime supporter of journalism and investigative reporting, George has episodically been involved as a reporter, photographer, advisor and editor for school and college newspapers, as a reporter and producer of a local news program for KWMR radio in Pt. Reyes Station, and as a reporter/producer at the Center for Investigative Reporting in the 1990s, where he received an Investigative Reporters and Editors reporting award. His investigative article in 2012 on the National Park Service asserting jurisdiction beyond its boundaries in Tomales Bay resulted in Golden Gate National Recreation Area changing its policies and boundary maps.
R. "Alden" Feldon is currently the Director of Programs and a member of the board of the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation. He has over a decade of experience in grantmaking and grant management for family foundations (including as a board member of the Reva and David Logan Foundation) and federal governments (in the U.S.A. and India). This includes seven years managing national and international climate change mitigation programs. Alden also has over two decades of expertise in marketing research and branding while working for and with some of the world’s largest corporations in consumer packaged goods, apparel, pharmaceuticals, entertainment, media, and technology. Alden has a BA in Philosophy from Northwestern University and a MA in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.
Macarena Hernández is a multimedia journalist and educator. She is currently The Fred Hartman Distinguished Professor of Journalism at Baylor University. Previously, she was the Victoria Advocate Endowed Professor in Humanities at the University of Houston-Victoria. Before academia, Macarena was an editorial columnist for The Dallas Morning News and the Rio Grande Valley Bureau Chief for the San Antonio Express-News where she covered South Texas and Northern Mexico. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post, among other publications. She lectures internationally about journalism ethics, immigration and borders, the U.S. Latino experience and education issues.
Camille Servan-Schreiber has been working in documentary film since 1998 and founded Bread and Butter Films with her husband and partner Jason Cohn. Camille has produced a number of films including the Peabody-Award winning Eames: The Architect and the Painter, about the iconic designers of the Modern Era and more recently completed American Jerusalem: Jews and the Making of San Francisco. Previously Camille directed and produced The Secrets of J. Edgar Hoover, co-produced The Nobel: Visions of a Century, featuring Nobel laureates’ visions at the start of the 21st Century. As a producer and videographer for the PBS programs The New Heroes and Frontline World, she was nominated for an Emmy for Soundtrack to a Riot about rap artists in Paris. She also served as field producer for the critically acclaimed The Rape of Europa about the fate of Europe art’s treasures during WWII, and Alice Waters and her Delicious Revolution for the PBS program American Masters. Camille has received many honors including the Golden Spire Award from the San Francisco Film Festival, a national Emmy nomination, and the National Education Writers Association First Prize for Broadcast Journalism.
John Temple is managing editor of the Investigative Reporting Program. He oversees all editorial projects at the IRP and also teaches a course on investigative reporting at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Before joining the IRP, Temple was president of audience and products at First Look Media from 2014 to 2015. Prior to that, he was a senior fellow in the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships program at Stanford University. He has also served as managing editor of The Washington Post and editor and general manager of Honolulu Civil Beat, a news service launched by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. In addition, Temple was editor, president and publisher of the award-winning Rocky Mountain News and vice president of news of the newspaper division of the E.W. Scripps Co. before it closed the Denver paper in 2009.
Rajal Pitroda is a producer working between the worlds of fiction and non-fiction film. She is currently in post-production on a feature documentary exploring race and the criminal justice system and is in development on a series based on a New York Times bestselling book about young women and the cultural landscape around sex and identity. She is an associate producer of the film “The Kindergarten Teacher,” a 2018 Sundance selection and a co-producer of “O.G.,” a 2018 Tribeca Film Festival selection. Rajal was the Founder/CEO of Cinevention, a media company focused on marketing and distribution, where she designed and executed distribution strategy for feature films, including “Outsourced,” which was developed into a sitcom at NBC. Prior to starting her own business, Rajal was a partner at Beyond the Box Productions, creating and running marketing campaigns for independent films. Her work has been supported by the Sundance Institute, Center for Asian American Media, Chicken and Egg Pictures, and others. Rajal is a resident with SFFILM and an Impact Producer Fellow with Firelight Media.