Executive Director & Secretary of the Board
Alexander is an industrial designer and has been working with The Long Now Foundation and computer scientist Danny Hillis since 01997 to build a monument scale, all mechanical 10,000 Year Clock. Alexander speaks about the work of The Long Now Foundation all over the world at venues ranging from the TED conference to corporations and government agencies.
As the director of Long Now, Alexander
Chief Operating Officer
Rebecca is a seasoned social impact leader with 20+ years of experience supporting organizational growth across art, culture, and technology. Her expertise is in strategic planning, organization and team building, and partnering with philanthropists, having raised over $50 million for social change.
Rebecca has spent her career supporting visionary ideas and new ways of thinking. Most recently, Rebecca served as Chief Operating Officer at the
Director of Programs
Danielle Engelman joined the Long Now team in 02006 to research, develop and implement the first Membership program for the organization, working alongside Executive Director, Alexander Rose, and Lead Technologist, Benjamin Keating. Danielle brought her deep experience in the art and education spheres, along with her commitments to community engagement and individual intellectual growth to the project.
Membership now plays a key role in the
Nicholas Paul Brysiewicz
Director of Strategy
Nicholas is helping shape the second generation of The Long Now Foundation. He directs our fundraising, and has raised capital for creative projects his entire life. He has a background in systems engineering and philosophy—with a special interest in aesthetics, hermeneutics, and phenomenology. In a past life, he performed with progressive rock bands in Chicago. In this life, he reads, writes, and meditates on
Director of Communications & Design
James has been helping people and organizations tell their stories with technology and design for over 25 years. He has been working with Long Now since 02000, beginning with The Rosetta Project and Long Bets. More recently, he designed and built the 02021 Long Now website, and in 02023 joined Long Now full time to lead communications and design.
Previously, he spent seven years at
Director of Development
Mikko has worked in the business of technology for over 20 years as an entrepreneur, operator, and investor. His expertise is in partnerships, strategic marketing, and social impact.
Mikko was the CEO of Infogram, a data visualization company that was acquired by Prezi in 02017. In 02018, Mikko founded Sentient Media, a journalism non-profit focused on animal welfare and the future of our food system.
As the Membership Coordinator, Natassia Balderston turns everyday membership interactions into delightful experiences. She supplements institutional knowledge and capacity of the management team with research, sourcing, and other requested projects.
Natassia previously focused on production of niche music events, customer experience at specialty retailers, and fulfillment for The Flenser music record label. She engages with creative energy though attending experimental shows, seeking out eclectic movies,
Following her call to pursue authentic stories centered around natural and social sciences, Shannon carved a niche as a multimedia filmmaker specializing in documentaries and soul-driven content. She continues to explore the intersection between human rights and nature, utilizing her background to continually work on connecting communities around the world through storytelling. Shannon’s credits include the films: We Are As Gods (SXSW Premiere), SEED:
Beverage Director, The Interval
Ty spent years catering, voraciously reading cocktail books and bartending manuals, before breaking into the industry. He joined The Interval in 02016 as Lead Bartender under the tutelage of Jennifer Colliau. Now, as Beverage Director, he welcomes the responsibility of honoring the artisans behind every ingredient served at The Interval.
Assistant Editor and Illustrator
A member of the Long Now community for 12 years before joining staff as Member Program Associate, Casey is helping nurture and grow Long Now’s membership.
In addition to his experience and enthusiasm, Casey’s help includes but is not limited to:
his empathy when assisting membership with any and all their needs,
his craftsmanship when artfully packaging fulfillment for members and donors,
KC joined The Long Now Foundation in 02014 as a Barista at The Interval. After some time behind the bar, she ran away to work on sailing ships up and down the west coast. After years of working on everything from commercial ferries to traditionally rigged tall ships, she earned her 100 Ton Master's license from the Coast Guard in 02017.
KC brings her unique
Private Events Manager
Cameron is an experienced local event producer with a background in art activism, community theater, and film production.
As the founding Managing Editor for Ideas, Long Now's living archive of long-term thinking, Ahmed oversees Ideas editorial programming, manages and edits the Ideas team and our global roster of contributors, and occasionally writes stories of his own.
Ahmed has held a number of roles since joining Long Now in 02017. As a staff writer, he wrote features about Long Now's projects, such as The
Jacob Kuppermann manages Long Now's social media presence with the goal of building an intellectual community online. Prior to arriving at Long Now in 02021, they studied ecological and technological communities at Stanford University, graduating with an M.S. in Earth Systems, a B.S. in Biology, and a B.A. in History, writing a senior thesis on the community structures that allowed for the
As Technical Lead, Dan develops and maintains the web infrastructure of The Long Now Foundation, as well as assisting with the various projects' technical needs as they arise. A member since 02008, he is curious about data stewardship, hardware/software survivability, and the intersection of software engineering, open-source, and nonprofits.
Prior to The Long Now, Dan was the first engineering hire at StyleSeat, and before
Justin has been with the Long Now since 02018 and moved into the role of Video Director and Editor when the Long Now extended their media goals. As a long time editor, Justin worked at large companies like Disney’s ImageMovers Digital before moving on to being a freelance video producer. Having been raised in the Bay Area and graduating from UC Santa Cruz’s
Senior Project Manager
Andrew has been at Long Now since 02013 working on many of Long Now's public programs with Director of Programs Danielle Engelman. He currently co-produces Long Now's talks, manages the Long Bets program, manages Long Now's video team, and shepherds many of Long Now's technical projects along.
Andrew received his BA from Reed College studying Religion and techno-futurism before moving to the Bay Area. His
Working on the Membership team, Juliann Witt focuses on growing the organization's reach through digital communications, marketing and in-person experiences. She cultivates deeper relationships with the local and global membership, and general public via thoughtfully crafted messaging, and in-person at Long Now events and gatherings.
Juliann is also a professional contemporary dancer, performing in the Bay Area and beyond with established choreographers including Robert Moses’
Deborah Yoon Zacharias
Deborah Yoon Zacharias plays a key role in Development and Programs for The Long Now Foundation. She has worked closely with Nicholas Paul Brysiewicz on fundraising initiatives for the organization and currently runs the End of Year fundraising campaign, which directly supports Long Now operations and programming. She also oversees various donor projects, such as The Interval Bottle Keep program, as well as special events
Tre Balchowsky is a communications strategist and a public speaking coach. For the last decade, she has prepared speakers of all kinds, from researchers and technologists to historians and amateurs, to take the stage, from large auditoriums to intimate salons, from IRL and live-streaming. She is also co-founder of Odd Salon, an event series and podcast of "Cocktail Hour Salons for Curious Minds".