Dara Kell | director
Dara Kell is a South African filmmaker and editor. She co-directed “Dear Mandela”, which won multiple awards including the Grand Jury Prize at the Brooklyn Film Festival and Best South African Documentary at the Durban International Film Festival. She was co-editor of “The Reckoning” (Sundance Film Festival, 2009) and was an additional editor on the Academy Award-nominated “Jesus Camp”. She won a New York Emmy Award for her editing work, and is the recipient of Participant Media’s ‘Outstanding Filmmaker’ award, representing Africa.
Charon Hribar | producer
Charon Hribar is the Director of Cultural Strategies and Poor People's Campaign Revivals Coordinator for the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice. Over the past 15 years, Charon has been committed to the work of political education and leadership development. She has particular interest in developing the use of arts and culture for movement building with community and religious leaders across the country. Charon holds a Ph.D. in Religion and Society from Drew University. Her recent academic and movement building research explores the use of Poverty Truth Commissions to confront the structural violence of poverty in the United States and around the world. She currently serves as a lead advisor to the New Poor People's Campaign's Truth Commission on the Right to Not Be Poor. Charon is also a consultant with Beyond the Choir, a strategy and training collective working with social justice organizations to craft resonant messaging and plan strategic campaigns.
Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis | director of outreach
The Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis is the co-director of the Kairos Center and a founder and coordinator of the Poverty Initiative. She has spent the past two decades organizing amongst the poor in the United States, working with and advising grassroots organizations. She has led hundreds of trainings, Bible studies, and leadership development workshops; spoken at dozens of conferences and keynote presentations across the US and globally; and published several articles and book chapters sharing her vision that poverty can be ended and that the poor can be agents of social change. Liz received her BA in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania; her M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in 2004 where she was the first William Sloane Coffin Scholar; and her PhD from Union in New Testament and Christian Origins. She is the author of Always with Us?: What Jesus Really Said about the Poor(Eerdmans, 2017). Liz is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Adam Barnes |
Adam is the coordinator of the Rights and Religions program at the Kairos Center. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri and lived most of his life in Colorado. Adam has worked with the Poverty Initiative since 2007. He is also finishing his PhD, which compares the anti-poverty work and theology of Muslim and Christian communities. Adam has a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Chicago, and a Masters of Divinity and Masters of Sacred Theology from Union Theological Seminary.