Who We Are

Who We Are

Joe Newman, Executive Director. Joe is a photographer, writer and media strategist. As executive director, he oversees the annual festival, manages programming and publishing projects and coordinates workshops.  He is a veteran journalist and, more recently, spent several years directing communications at a Washington, D.C. NGO.

Mona E. Avalos, Program Manager. Mona is an emerging photographer who captures a creative perspective of street life, nature and architecture. Her work was recently featured at IGDC’s first community exhibition. As a research and policy analyst, with the Natural Resources Defense Council, Mona has worked in Central and Latin America and Africa to reduce mercury pollution, particularly by artisanal and small-scale gold mining operations.


Tim Hill, Designer. Tim is an award-winning web developer and graphic artist. He has worked in the newspaper industry for more than 25 years, fighting to his last breath in the alternative news trenches in Gainesville, Florida and Baltimore, Maryland. With his agency Draft Horse Studio in Kansas City, Missouri, he builds websites and designs publications for a variety of local and national organizations.

Mike Lee, Writer. Mike is a photographer, editor, labor journalist and writer based in New York. His photography has been featured in several group shows, most recently at Art Thou Gallery in Berkeley and Darkroom Gallery in Vermont. A portfolio and interview is published in Neicebook 2, and upcoming at Palooka. His short fiction is published in several literary journals, including The Avenue, The Ampersand Review, Reservoir, Ghost Parachute and The Airgonaut.