Ripple Effect’s extraordinary team of journalists includes a MacArthur Genius fellow, Pulitzer Prize and National Humanities Medal winners, and an Emmy Award winning filmmaker. Teams travel to international hot spots where the role of women in society is entwined with environmental concerns; where conflict and poverty meet dwindling resources, desertification, water scarcity, crop failure, rising sea levels, and the spread of disease.
Ironically, Renee’s career as an engineer at Microsoft would eventually lead her back to a photographic life beyond what she could have imagined. As founder of the Harbers Family Foundation, Renee has presided over and produced dozens of storytelling projects. She has photographed in Madagascar, Suriname, Kazakhstan, South Africa, Rwanda, Peru, Tahiti and New Zealand.
Renee is the Executive Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the International Center of Photography. Additionally, she serves on the photography acquisition committee of Whitney Museum of American Art. Renee continues to refine her craft, and support the power of storytelling with photography by funding the work of select photographers. She is proud and honored to share her photographs with Ripple Effect Images.
Joanna says: “The spirit and force behind my photography is to open avenues of understanding between people and cultures, to inspire positive change out of difficult circumstances.” Joanna received the Harry Chapin award for Women of the World in Mother Jones Magazine and awards from the National Press Photographers and White House News Photographers.
Over the last decade, John has worked nearly exclusively with National Geographic magazine, producing over 14 stories including 10 covers. Between 1998 and 2008, John was a contract photographer for Time magazine, resulting in 18 covers and hundreds of stories including the war in Afghanistan, the fight for independence in East Timor, and the fall of Suharto in Indonesia.
He is the recipient of the prestigious Robert Capa award (Overseas Press Club), POYi Magazine Photographer of the Year (three times), and numerous World Press, Picture of the Year and NPPA awards. In 2008, his National Geographic cover story on global malaria received the National Magazine Award. In 2012, he was nominated for an Emmy with the documentary film series, Starved for Attention and in 2014 was the recipient of the World Press Photo award for his work in Djibouti.
John has published several books including Island of the Spirits, a journalistic/anthropologic look at Balinese culture documented during the five years he lived on the island.
Ami’s work has garnered awards from World Press Photos, the Photographer of the Year International award, the Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism, Lucie awards, the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting, and the Magazine Photographer of the Year award. Photo District News recognized her as one of 30 image-makers of the future. Ami has been awarded grants including the first-ever Inge Morath grant by the prestigious Magnum Photos, The Canon female photojournalist award for her work in Kashmir, and the Alexia Foundation for World Peace. Ami is a contract photographer with National Geographic magazine and is also senior producer for the Knight Center for International Media.
His stories and projects have been recognized by the Emmys, World Press Photo, POYi, SXSW, Webbys, Alfred du Pont, CPOY and NPPA, among others.
Our Board of Directors
Understanding the essential role the arts plays in nurturing and inspiring the human spirit, Michelle has served on the boards of the Minnesota Dance Theater and the Cowles Center for Dance. Michelle was named to the Volunteer Hall of Fame by Minneapolis/St. Paul magazine.
Michelle holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Retail Management from the University of Minnesota, subsequently earning two graduate certificates in Child Abuse Prevention. Her most recent certifications are as a Peace Ambassador and an Agent for Conscious Evolution which inspires her to co-create with others who wish to consciously evolve our world to a love-based society. Ripple Effects Images is a step in that process.
Jeanne has a graduate degree in Intercultural Relations from the University of the Pacific and has been with Albertina Kerr since 1993. As President, Disabilities Services & Strategic Projects, she has the responsibility for the 24-hour oversight of a wide array of services for more than 200 people with developmental disabilities across a five-county area. Jeanne has served on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Rehabilitation Association and is member of the Oregon Developmental Disabilities Coalition.
In addition to her work at Kerr, Jeanne proudly serves on the following boards of directors: EduCongo, a non-profit organization committed to enriching the lives of underprivileged children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Coalition for Equal Access for Girls a non-profit dedicated to ensuring that girls receive equal access to all of the appropriate gender-specific support and services they need to help them develop to their full potential; and the University of the Pacific, School of International Studies Advisory Board fostering intercultural education, international engagement and global citizenry.
Our Board of Advisors
Lucy’s non-profit engagement was launched in micro-finance with Grameen Foundation, from which she co-found and launched Chiapas International. She is a member of National Geographic Society’s International Council of Advisors, Council of Foreign Relations, and the UT Dallas Center for Brain Health Advisory Committee.
Peggy brings a wealth of experience in all aspects of corporate events, meetings, conference management and nonprofits. She has run high profile events in Paris, Beijing and Washington, DC, as well as unique gatherings at the Hollywood Bowl, Chicago’s Field Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. She is known for her attention to detail, strategic planning, creativity, and fiscal accountability. Peggy functions as Ripple Effect Images Field Producer, managing logistics for all aid projects.