Matt Nohn’s path to become a poverty reduction expert has been unorthodox, to say the least. He started his career as a bricklayer, then trained as an architect and urban planner, varied experience that has helped him guide grassroots organizations to create strategy options for slum improvement. He supports residents of informal settlements to take charge of their futures and creates incentives for policymakers to avoid a cookie-cutter approach to effect meaningful change. Watch his video profile.
The Loeb Fellowship initiated the Video Profiles project last year to enable current Loeb Fellows to tell their stories, what motivates them and how the Fellowship has been meaningful for their work. Joanne Nerenberg (Loeb Affiliate 2012) and Maggie Janik (GSD Presentation Services Specialist) are directing and executing the project.
Joanne Nerenberg is a dancer and documentary filmmaker who brings a love of movement to her video work. In 2000 she co-created move It!, a dance TV show for kids. Her film High Street Intersection won several awards, including Best of Festival at the Berkeley Film Festival. Her short documentary Body Job, a meditation on physicality in the workplace, won Best Documentary at the MOTION Film Festival. Nerenberg currently produces educational video for institutions including the American Museum of Natural History, New York Historical Society and Brooklyn Children’s Museum. She teaches dance at Mark Morris Dance Group in Brooklyn.
Maggie Janik is Presentation Services and Technical Support Specialist in the GSD Computer Resources Group. She produced a prize-winning short documentary about the MudWorks project of the Loeb Class of 2012. Janik graduated from Rhode Island College and previously worked at the Rhode Island Office of Higher Education. She is currently working on a MA in Digital Media at the HU Extension School.