Valerie Williams, Executive Director
Valerie Williams came on board as Executive Director of Center for Emerging Media in September 2010, after serving several years on the CEM Board of Directors. Valerie brought with her some 22 years’ experience in fund-raising and management of non-profit organizations. She served as Managing Producer on CEM’s 2006 series Shared Weight. She also functions as Project Manager for the Sound Bites series. In 2011 Valerie completed a graduate certificate program in Ecotherapy, with a focus on Sustainability. She loves gardening, reading, walking/running through country roads, and conversing with nature.
Mark Gunnery, Senior Producer
Mark Gunnery is senior producer for the Center for Emerging Media, where he produces the Marc Steiner Show and the weekly Sound Bites series. Mark is also a musician, herbalist, sound engineer, and writer.
Imani Spence, Producer
Imani Spence is a producer at the Center for Emerging Media, where she produces the Marc Steiner Show and the Sound Bites series.
Calvin Perry, Associate Producer
Calvin Perry is an associate producer at the Center for Emerging Media, where he produces the live Marc Steiner Show and assists with research and general producing.
To contact the producers with comments, questions or ideas, call (443) 475-0554.
The organization also consists of:
Lester Spence, PhD, CEM Scholar in Residence
Lester Spence is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University. His specialties include black politics, racial politics, urban politics, public opinion, and American political thought. His work has appeared in a variety of academic journals (including the American Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, Political Analysis, the WEB Dubois Review, and the National Political Science Review) and mainstream media (Urbanite Magazine, Salon.com, Africana.
Lea Gilmore, CEM Cultural Director
Voted by Essence Magazine as one of the “25 Women Shaping the World”, Baltimore’s own Lea Gilmore is one of the world’s most respected and in-demand Gospel, Blues, Jazz and Inspirational singers. A “Keeping the Blues Alive” award winner for her work in Women and the Blues, Lea is still committed to telling the story. Recognized for her social activism and advocacy for the underserved around the world, the founder and director of “Umoja Musica” has toured across Europe, Africa and Siberia using music as a vehicle for non-violence, peace and tolerance. She was one of the first recipients of the James Baldwin Medal for Civil Rights for her music and social advocacy work in Maryland and around the world.