Dr. Paulette Brown-Hinds is the founder of Voice Media Ventures and the second-generation publisher of The Black Voice News. An award-winning columnist and Knight Digital Media Fellow, she has thirty years experience in media, communications, and community engagement. She is the co-founder of Media in Color and the immediate past president of the California News Publishers Association, the first African-American to lead the organization in its over 130 year history. She is currently the Inland Empire Community Foundation board chair and is on the boards of the American Press Institute, California Press Foundation, CalMatters, and The James Irvine Foundation. Dr. Brown-Hinds is a former fellow at the Salzburg Seminar in American Studies, Salzburg, Austria. As a life-long student of African- American literature, culture and history she leads Underground Railroad Study Tours for the Black Voice Foundation, stewards a collection of rare slavery artifacts, and teaches a professional development course at UC Riverside for creatives. She is the founder of Mapping Black California, a community mapping STE[A]M initiative, which promotes GIS as an important analytical and storytelling tool for the Black community, and is featured in the book “Women in GIS” published by Esri Press. As publisher of the Black Voice News she is the recipient of Google News Initiative innovation challenge funding to develop a data hub and content sharing platform primarily for Black Press.