Elevating Media for Social Good

Our Mission - Feel Logo


We empower people to create and consume meaningful media that promotes universal human values such as compassion, empathy and respect.

Our Mission - Inspire Logo


We celebrate success stories of how to unleash the power of media to accelerate social change.

Our Mission - Connect Logo


We encourage collaboration between cause-driven creatives, media professionals, educators, and government and nonprofit leaders to amplify their collective impact.

What we do

Media Rise is a global nonprofit volunteer-driven alliance that connects people and ideas to promote meaningful media.
We believe in the power of positive storytelling, media, art and design to make the world a better place.

Who we are


Co-Founder & Creative Director

Erica Schlaikjer leads creative strategy, branding and marketing for Media Rise. She is a writer, editor and creative strategist, with a passion for storytelling, sustainable cities, technology, design and social change. She is the founder of Benevolent Media, a media and events consultancy. She currently helps clients integrate social media into their business and marketing plans as a Creative Strategist for Huge, a full-service digital agency in Washington, D.C. She is a StartingBloc Fellow from the 2012 New York Institute for Social Innovation.


Co-Founder & Executive Director

Dr. Srivi Ramasubramanian guides the overall strategic vision for Media Rise. She is the Associate Dean of Climate & Inclusion at the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University. She is a media psychologist specializing in the effects of media messages on audiences’ attitudes. She is particularly interested in media for social good towards enhancing cultural diversity, prejudice reduction, and media literacy amongst youth.


Co-Founder & Global Partnerships Director

Mandar Apte helps build strategic alliances for Media Rise worldwide. He is the winner of the inaugural Ashoka League of Intrapreneurs for using meditation techniques to nourish innovation culture at Shell. He has been an invited speaker at TEDx, Knowledge@Wharton and Aspen Ideas Festival. He is a senior faculty member of leadership programs of the International Association for Human Values and the Art of Living Foundation. In his professional life he runs the Social Innovation group at Shell and provides seed funding to early stage startups.