Megaphone Project amplifies the voices of under-served communities and those who advocate for them in order to increase political access, inspire action, and create social change. We accomplish this through message development, media production, and targeted media distribution.
Our messages and media productions have contributed to reform in the criminal justice system, public housing, predatory lending, real estate development, public transit, and day labor.
Winona Caesar, President and Chair of the Megaphone Project Board
Winona graduated from UMBC in 2009 with a degree in American Studies and a certificate in Media and Communication Studies. She has been a volunteer with Megaphone since 2009. Her passion is for the arts, and she contributes her time volunteering at Center Stage and the Maryland Film Festival.
Kara Panowitz, Acting Executive Director
Kara has been involved with Megaphone Project for more than three years as a producer, director, editor and videographer. Independently, she has produced, directed, and written docs such as Workstyles, a short about a refugee program in Baltimore City. Kara was a videographer and still photographer for a documentary about Bolivia's landless peasant movement, Movimiento sin Tierra. Kara's background in theater, service in the Peace Corps in Madagascar, experience teaching students with learning differences and various volunteer experiences have increase her commitment to fighting for social justice. She is a graduate of Maryland's Social Work program.
Fraser was a reporter, editorial writer and political columnist for more than 30 years at The Baltimore Sun. Before that he worked for The Providence Journal. He's now senior news analyst at WYPR radio and a Friday columnist at The Daily Record. He's written three books: "Lenny, Lefty and the Chancellor: The Len Bias Tragedy and the Search for Reform in Big Time College Sports"; "William Donald Schaefer: A Political Biography;" and "Here Lies Jim Crow: Civil Rights in Maryland."
Christina became a photographer and an artist later in life. Her experience started as a hobby; then became a profession and her reason for wanting to become a teacher. She has been an educator, a photographer, and a community advocate for almost a decade. In her most recent experience, Christina is on the Maryland State Arts Council, Artist-in-Resident Roster and works with Young Audiences of Maryland as a teaching artist. In addition, she is an intern for What Weekly, an online magazine and event calendar that documents and promotes the Baltimore Renaissance. She is currently working on a photo story food column with the magazine. Her love of food derives from her culturally diverse upbringing as a "Newyorican"; a Puerto Rican born and raised in New York City. She was exposed to good food and has always been curious about finding good food.
Gwen is a broadcast writer producer who has been cited as part of the wbaltv.com Chesapeake Associated Press Best Website Award digital team. For two years she produced Mario Armstrong's Digital Spin for WEAA, 88.9 FM, before Armstrong moved into national prominence as a technology consultant for CNN and the NBC Today Show. A staunch social justice advocate, Gwen served as the Medicaid Matters Maryland coordinator and communications director as the coalition pushed for universal health care and an improved Medicaid delivery system. Prior to MMMD, she worked for Maryland Health Care Access, where she quickly rose from an outreach worker to a program director. Gwen is a graduate of Tufts University and a trained mediator with Baltimore's Community Mediation Program, where she also served on the board of directors.
Advocates for Children and Youth
Baltimore Health Care Access
Baltimore Homeownership Preservation Coalition
Behavioral Health Leadership Institute
Citizens Planning and Housing Association
Community Conferencing Center
Health Care for All Coalition
Herring Run Watershed Association
Sharp-Leadenhall Planning Committee