Board of Directors
PLATON, Founder - “I have been part of the process that makes heroes out of celebrities for a long time and I have found that something is fundamentally shifting in the values of our society. It is time to celebrate a new set of cultural heroes: those that inspire us with their courage, move us with their integrity and their compassion for fellow men and women. If these are the principles that we wish to instill within our society, then we must shine a light on the leaders that best exemplify this core value system.”
MINKY WORDEN, Board Chair
Director of Global Initiatives, Human Rights Watch - “With instantly iconic images, Platon and The People's Portfolio are changing the way non-profits communicate—and holding the world's attention for even the toughest stories.”
JILL SAVITT, Secretary
Human Rights Advocate - “As the Curator for the Center for Civil and Human Rights, I was seeking a way to convey the bravery and courage of people around the world who put their lives on the line for human rights. Platon’s portraits of human rights defenders at the Center convey all that and more. As a board member of The People’s Portfolio, I believe we are bringing the so-called ‘thousand words' a picture is worth to so many people, enabling them to feel the heartache, heroism, and humanity of those involved in conflict situations where fundamental rights are at stake.”
MARSHALL SOLLENDER, Treasurer
Business Manager, Clique Strategic Management - “Platon's photographs depict human rights abuses from all over the world. It is amazing how one image can show such despair and another image of the same person can show hope and courage. Platon's ability to expose and tell the story of these atrocities and at the same time the inner strength of mankind is the mission of The People's Portfolio.”
CEO, Bernstein & Andriulli - “We are a visual foundation. The People's Portfolio helps the world to see our collective issues by exposing us to positive and powerful images.”
Co-CEO, Godfrey Dadich Partners - “I have worked closely with Platon for the past 15 years on literally dozens of projects. Together, we have immortalized heads of state, whistleblowers, and culture's most revered figures. It is clear that he is one of our greatest living photographers. But Platon's real power comes from his ability to value the most human experiences, to give voice and hope to those who need it the most.”
Founder & CEO, Pomona Capital - “Pictures penetrate consciousness.”
President, Good Neighbor Pharmacy
Legal Adviser to Nonprofit Organizations - “We believe that art has great power to create understanding and empathy, and we seek to use that power as a weapon in the fight against unfairness and suffering.”
Executive Director, Artadia - "The People's Portfolio contains a collection of beautiful and honest images representing the breath of the human experience. Individuals who have suffered the worst human rights abuses are elevated to proud representations of hope, and devastating humanitarian crises are brought to the forefront of important conversations. With vital partnerships and a goal to circulate images throughout the world, The People's Portfolio encourages positivity in the face of violence and adversity."
Associate Director - Lauren joined The People's Portfolio in the spring of 2015. She holds a PhD in photographic art history from The University of Cambridge and an MA in contemporary art from Sotheby's Institute of Art, London. Prior to joining The People's Portfolio, Lauren worked as an Exhibition Associate for an independent art curator in New York City.