2023 ZEKE Award for Systemic Change

Barbara Ayotte
Barbara Ayotte is Communications Director for Social Documentary Network and Editor of ZEKE Magazine. She is also a communications strategist, writer and editor for leading nonprofit organizations. Barbara is the Senior Director of Strategic Communications at GBH, America’s preeminent public media organization and the largest producer of PBS content for television and the web and a major supplier of content for public radio and digital audio services. Barbara was the Senior Director of Strategic Communications for Management Sciences for Health, an international non-profit development organization working on global health issues in over 30 countries. Prior to that, she was Director of Communications for Physicians for Human Rights, a co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize. 
Greig Cranna
Greig Cranna is a professional photographer and the founder and director of BRIDGE, a photography gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Greig eventually settled in New York City where he began his photography career in 1976. His diverse clientele included The Council on Foreign Relations, The Japan Society, ABC Television, The International Typeface Corporation, and the U.S. Dept. of Energy. For over 40 years he has worked in the Canadian Maritimes photographing seabird research, Atlantic Salmon research, aquaculture, environmental issues and ecotourism. Since relocating to Boston in 1982, his work has expanded into housing, architecture and commercial agriculture. For the past five years he has been traveling extensively, documenting the new generation of architect-designed bridges and their physical and cultural impact on the landscape.
Anne Farrar
Anne Farrar, assistant managing editor at National Geographic magazine, oversees visual storytelling for environment and adventure stories. She was previously director of photography for National Geographic Traveler, senior photo editor at The Washington Post and photo editor with The Dallas Morning News among. She has shaped stories, with hundreds of photojournalists, which have been recognized by POYi, NPPA, SND to name a few. Her current work is guided by the National Geographic mission to explore the planet, protect and preserve our natural and cultural heritage, and tell powerful stories across all platforms that reveal the world around us.
Avi Gupta
Avi Gupta is a versatile photo editor, artist, and educator. As director of photography for U.S. News and World Report, he has over 20 years of experience working with photographers to cover current events nationally and abroad. As an artist, his photographic works have been exhibited internationally and held in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Asia Pacific American Center. At George Washington University, Gupta lectures on creative approaches to photojournalism and fine art photography.
John Heffernan
John Heffernan has over three decades of experience in non-profit leadership roles on five continents. He is currently the president of the Foundation for Systemic Change. Previously he served as: Executive Director for Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights’ Speak Truth To Power (STTP), the Director of the Genocide Prevention Initiative at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum where he established the Genocide Prevention Task Force, Senior Investigator with Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) where he led three investigations to Darfur, Sudan and Afghanistan where he discovered a mass grave, and was the Chief of Party for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in Guyana, South America. He was the founding Executive Director of the DC-based Coalition for International Justice and served as Country Representative for the former Yugoslavia for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and managed IRC’s refugee resettlement program in Khartoum, Sudan. John also served as the Vice President of the Business Council for the United Nations in New York City. He was a Coro fellow in San Francisco and has a Master’s from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and BA from UCSB. He is the board chair for Disability Rights International and is on the boards of the Dodd Center for Human Rights and the Educator’s Institute for Human Rights.


Other jurors to be announced.