Ayesha Hoda is a former NYC public middle school math teacher, youth leadership coordinator at SAYA (South Asian Youth Action), and GED (now TASC) teacher/program coordinator for formerly incarcerated youth at the Fortune Society. She has her Bachelors of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from Wesleyan University  and Her Master of Science in Education from Lehman College through the NYC Teach for America program. Ayesha has taught Specialized High School SHSAT prep courses with the test-prep company Antoine Education, and has extensive experience with after school tutoring in math and English at the middle school level. Ms. Hoda co-founded Justice by the Pen in 2011 and has trained facilitators and run Justice by the Pen youth workshops at various schools, community centers and non-profits over the past four years.

Hany Massoud  is a TV producer for the independent radio & tv news program Democracy Now! Hany has traveled extensively covering international breaking stories such as the Gaza flotilla, the 18 day uprising in Egypt, and the return of exiled presidents Aristide to Haiti and Manuel Zelaya to Honduras. Previously, Hany was Morning Chief Editor at KHOU, the Houston CBS affiliate, which he left to establish Press TV’s Bureau at the UN in New York. Hany uses his experience as a TV producer to develop programs that converge youth development with media literacy.