Sandy started her career covering China and Vietnam as an editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review in the mid-1960s. She became editor of Pacific News Service in 1974 and was a pioneer in developing youth media. In 1996, she founded New America Media, the first and largest collaboration of ethnic news organizations. Her work has received several awards, including a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Award” and the 2011 Polk Award for Career Achievement. In 1996, a film she co-produced, Breathing Lessons, won an Academy Award for best short documentary. She founded Ethnic Media Services in 2017 to continue her work amplifying and elevating the voices of ethnic media.
Director of Programs
Dana Levine manages social marketing campaigns for EMS . She handles media planning and ad placement. She is also the marketing event planner. She coordinates media outreach, media tracking and monitoring, as well as the production of post-event reports. Since November 2007, Dana has contributed her organizational talents on several major marketing campaigns for clients including Flex Your Power, California Teacher’s Association, Leadership Conference of Civil Rights, Bureau of Automotive Repair, Haas Jr. Fund and Census 2010.
Mark Hedin’s lifetime of newspaper work began as a teenager at Manhattan’s neighborhood rag Our Town and continued as editor of San Francisco State University’s Golden Gater when the Loma Prieta earthquake hit in 1989. Springing from 16 subsequent years at the corner of San Francisco’s 5th and Mission streets where the Examiner and Chronicle were produced, came a spell with the Tenderloin District’s Central City Extra, whose name he suggested, through to its final edition 15 years later. Prior to joining Ethnic Media Services, he was the sole reporter on the Oakland Tribune section of the East Bay Times when its staff won a Pulitzer for breaking news work covering the Oakland Ghost Ship tragedy in late 2016.
Assistant Director of Media Relations
Ellen joined EMS in April 2019 to help amplify and elevate the collaborations that EMS receives from a variety of media outlets. She worked for computer hardware, telecommunications, technical recruiting, investment research and political advocacy industries in both Asia and the US. Ellen also runs a non-profit organization, FoodSchoo.us, in an effort to bridge the gap between the suppliers and the consumers by hosting workshops throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Ellen co-authored an op-ed to bring attention to diminishing workforce in food sector which was published by Foodtank in 2017. Ellen also provides full life cycle recruitment services along with a wide range of human resources management. She has a BA in Economics from University of Nevada, Reno and an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco.
Online Editor/Social Media