Michael Connor, Executive Director

Michael helped launch Open MIC following a distinguished career as a media executive, entrepreneur and journalist. He has served as a consultant for more than a decade in the field of corporate responsibility and is the owner and Editor of Business Ethics magazine, an online publication.

Michael is a former staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal and Correspondent and Senior Producer for ABC News. His television work has received numerous honors, including two national Emmys, a Columbia-duPont Award, a Writers Guild Award and a nomination for an Academy Award. He also held executive positions at Dow Jones & Co., where he led global development of the company’s TV and multimedia operations, served as CEO of a London-based pan-European business news channel and was Executive Producer of The Wall Street Journal Report, a weekly syndicated program.

Michael currently serves on the board of the Center for an Urban Future, a NYC-based think tank dedicated to highlighting the critical opportunities and challenges facing New York and other cities. He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross.

Hannah Lucal, Associate Director

Hannah Lucal joined Open MIC as Associate Director in 2016. Previously, she was Program Manager at Color Of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization, where she worked on research and strategy for the organization’s campaigns. Hannah also currently serves as a Trainer and as Program and Development Associate at Border Crossers, a nonprofit that trains educators to disrupt patterns of racism in schools and communities. Hannah is an alumna of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs, an experiential leadership training program exploring change-making in the government, business, nonprofit, labor, and campaign sectors. She graduated from Carleton College.

Mingli Shi, Research Associate and Ford Foundation/Media Democracy Fund Technology Exchange Fellow

Mingli Shi is a Ford Foundation/Media Democracy Fund Technology Exchange Fellow. She graduated from the George Washington University Law School, where she focused her study on privacy, freedom of speech, telecommunications policy, and other digital policy issues. Prior to GW Law, Mingli practiced corporate law in Shanghai, China, advising clients on corporate governance, joint-venture set-up, corporate restructuring, dispute resolution, and employment compliance. Studying in a law school in the United States opened her eyes and fueled her passion in the intersection area of law and digital technology. She then did policy research and advocacy work for Public Knowledge, New America Open Technology Institute, and Access Now.

Mingli has been admitted to the District of Columbia Bar, and holds an inactive China Lawyer License. Mingli also has a French bulldog flying with her from China to the United States.